Long Term Survival Foods available at Supermarkets

Many companies have now started to produce Long Term Survival Foods and specialist Emergency Foods aimed at the Prepper and Survivalist community. Whilst this is great in many ways we do seem to be paying a premium for the specialist packaging etc. However, for Urban Prepper’s most of the Long Term Emergency and Survival foods can be found at much lower costs in your local Supermarket and with a little knowledge can be stored Long Term just like the specialist foods.

One of the best things about canned / Jarred foods, is that they will keep forever. You can forget about the expiration date on most canned goods and keep them for 15 years or more. 

Long Term Survival Foods to Stock up on:

  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Soup
  • Canned Fish
  • Canned Meats (Corned Beef and Spam are my personal Survival food) !
  • Tomato and Pasta Sauces
  • Jams.
  • Nuts & Beans when stored correctly in Air Tight containers can last for years.
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jerky (Beef, Chicken and Turkey) is also high in Protein and have a considerable shelf life.

The biggest portion of most people’s food stockpile is actually dry foods. That’s because they pack the most bang for the buck. We’re used to eating a diet which consists of about 40% carbohydrates, which come from those dry foods. Fortunately, they are easily adapted to survival situations:

  • Hard Red Wheat / Whole Grain (will keep longer than Ground Wheat) ofcourse this means you will need a grinder but its a worth while play off for the extra longevity.
  • Millet
  • Barley
  • Rye
  • Quinoa
  • Rolled Oats
  • Pasta (all varieties)
  • Cornmeal.

Of course, if you’re going to do any baking with any of the above ingredients, you’ll need to be sure to have the baking supplies to use: 

  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Sugar
  • Powdered milk
  • Powdered Eggs
  • Vinegar (especially apple cider vinegar)

Long Term Survival Foods Essentials:

  • Coffee
  • Honey
  • Spices
  • Salt
  • Cooking Oils
  • Dry Fruit
  • Boiled Sweets

Non Edible Essentials:

  • Soap
  • Personal Hygiene Products
  • Feminine hygiene supplies
  • Over the counter Medicines (Cold and Flu Remedies, Painkillers etc)
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Vitamins
  • Candles
  • Batteries
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic bags in various sizes
  • Canning jars and lots of lids
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Bleach

For Storing your Goods you’ll need:

  • Five gallon “food grade” buckets, with lids
  • Six gallon Mylar bags
  • Oxygen absorbers
  • Vacuum cleaner with a hose
  • Hair straightener
  • Magic marker
  • Rubber mallet

As already mentioned the canned goods will keep virtually indefinitely, without anything else being done to them. But those are about the only foods you can buy in the grocery store, which are packed for long-term storage.

Everything else is packaged with the intent that you will consume it within a few days or weeks so you’re going to need to make your food last much longer than that, especially if you want to use it as your survival stockpile. Fortunately, there are ways of doing that. Of course, wet foods can be canned; but you’ve got to do something else with dry foods.

Please note that you won’t be able to find these items at your local grocery store. You can buy the food grade five gallon buckets at the big home improvement and DIY centres. But the Mylar bags and oxygen absorbers will have to be purchased online. Just do a search for oxygen absorbers and you should find several suppliers.

This is a fairly simple procedure, which is best done with bulk foods. After all, we’re talking about filling five gallon buckets with it. If you decide to do smaller quantities, you can buy smaller Mylar bags and put several of them together in one bucket.

It is best to have some help when doing this. The oxygen absorbers are very fast acting. So if you don’t close up the packages quickly, they’ll just absorb oxygen out of the air, rather than the air in the buckets. That won’t do you any good at all.

To package Long Term Survival Foods:

  • Place the six gallon Mylar bags, open, in the five gallon buckets.
  • Fill them with appropriate dry food, one type per bag. Leave about one inch of space at the top of the bucket.
  • Mark the outside of the bucket, in several places, with the contents.
  • Using the hair straightener, seal the top of the bag, leaving only enough unsealed to fit the vacuum cleaner hose in.
  • Place a oxygen absorber in the bag, through the opening. From this point, you need to work rapidly.
  • Suck out the air from the bag with the vacuum cleaner. Don’t put it into the bag far enough that it sucks out the food; just put it barely in the opening.
  • Seal off the opening with the hair straightener.
  • Fold the top of the bag down and place the lid on the bucket. Use the rubber mallet to seat the lid on its seal.

These buckets should be stored in a cool, dry place. Most dry foods, including everything mentioned above, will keep for about 20 years, if stored like this.

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