When it comes to survival foods, there are the staples such as rice and beans and pasta that can be found in almost every bunker. But there’s a whole host of other great survival foods that are often overlooked.
If you’re a prepper, then chances are you already have most of the foods on this list, but I’m posting it on the off chance that you’ll come across a few great survival foods that you simply forgot. For example, I was recently surprised to discover I didn’t have any taco seasoning stockpiled, which is crazy because I love tacos! I thought sure I had some, but apparently, I used it all and forgot to replace it. You can bet I fixed that situation immediately.
25 survival foods you might have forgotten to buy:
1. Bouillon Cubes – Bouillon cubes have an indefinite shelf life and are a great way to add either a chicken or beef flavor to the meals that you prepare. If you’re throwing together a stew with whatever you have on hand, I can tell you from personal experience that bouillon cubes make a huge difference. Don’t forget about them.
2. Millet – You may know millet as the main ingredient in birdseed, but millet has also been a staple of mankind’s diet for thousands of years. This affordable, nutritious grain presents a good alternative to wheat and rice. It’s also a great option for people with a gluten sensitivity.
3. Kamut – Kamut is a type of wheat and, like millet is another alternative grain for you to consider stocking up on. It’s very nutritious, easy to digest, and packed with more energy than regular wheat.
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4. Vanilla Extract – If you want to add a little sweet vanilla flavoring to the dishes you prepare post-disaster, we’ve got some good news: Pure vanilla extract has an indefinite shelf life, allowing you to sweeten your foods and drinks long after the grocery stores have closed down. I always have some on hand because I use it when I make pancakes.
5. Coconut Oil – As a general rule, oils don’t last very long. Coconut oil is the exception, though, with a shelf life of 2+ years. As an added bonus, coconut oil is one of the healthiest oils that you can cook with. As any paleo dieter will tell you, it’s far healthier than vegetable oil. Plus, it has many survival uses.
6. Ramen Noodles – Ramen noodles aren’t the best food to sustain yourself with as they’re very high in sodium and generally pretty unhealthy. But if money is tight, they’re a good option as they’re dirt cheap, tasty, and last forever. If thousands of college students can survive on them, so can you.
7. Honey – Honey has an indefinite shelf life, and when I say indefinite, I mean it. Archaeologists found pots of honey in a 3000-year-old tomb and it was still edible! Honey is a great way to sweeten up your meals and drinks post-disaster, and it’s very good for you. I eat a tablespoon anytime I start coughing and it seems to work better than Robitussin.
8. Cocoa Powder – Cocoa powder can last 30 or more years if stored properly, allowing you to enjoy a nice, warm cup of hot chocolate at any point after the SHTF. It’s especially great to have in winter months or if you have children.
9. Popcorn – My wife would be furious if we ever ran out of popcorn, so we have quite a bit of it on hand. Note that we’re not talking about the microwavable popcorn. Instead, stock up on the kind of popcorn kernels that you have to pop on the stove or over an open flame. They last forever and make a tasty snack.
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10. Jello – Jello powder has an indefinite shelf life. While Jello certainly isn’t the healthiest survival food, stocking up on powdered Jello packets will allow you to enjoy the occasional sweet treat when times get tough. This is another great one to stock up on if you have children.
11. Pudding Mixes – Pudding mixes are like Jello in every way from a survival standpoint (tasty, long-lasting, unhealthy) but in a different flavor. If you like it, you’ll be glad you have it.
12. Taco Seasoning – Turn ordinary ground beef into a tasty meal with a packet of taco seasoning. These pre-mixed spices last forever and can add a Tex-Mex kick to any ground meat (beef or not). I personally use it with canned chicken to make chicken tacos or chicken taco salad.
13. Yeast – Bread won’t last long post-disaster, but the ability to make bread will enable you to keep it on the table long after every loaf in the supermarket is gone. But to make bread, yeast is one of the things you will need to have on hand.
14. Powdered Milk – We all know ordinary milk doesn’t last long. To enjoy milk after a disaster (or at least some version of it) you will want to either secure a milk cow or stock up on dried milk, which has a shelf life of 20+ years when stored properly. For most people, the latter option is going to be far more convenient.
15. Powdered Eggs – Same story, different food. To keep enjoying eggs after a disaster, you may have to make the switch to the powdered variety. Granted, most powdered eggs don’t taste very good, so you might want to try getting used to them before they become the only option. They’re worth it, though, for all the nutritional benefits.
16. Instant Coffee – Easy to make and energizing, instant coffee has a shelf life of 30+ years, allowing you to continue enjoying a steaming cup of Joe in the morning come what may. If you hate the taste, here are a few other ways to make coffee:
Coffee can be the one staple that adds a sense of normalcy in hard times. You might even be one of those diehard coffee lovers who ritualize their coffee brewing. But what happens when the electricity goes out? There will come a time when the shit hits the fan and you find yourself facing the apocalypse without any power source. Or maybe you just forgot to pay the electric bill. In any case, you’ll need a way to feed your caffeine addiction without having to eat coffee grounds.
– French Press
Generally speaking, all your coffee endeavors sans electricity will involve heating water in a pot over a fire or on a stove. With that being said, one of the easiest ways to make coffee without electricity is the French press. Given the name, you’d think that a Frenchman had invented it, and perhaps that is the case; however, it was an Italian man who patented it.
To use a French press, begin by warming a pot of hot water. Then pour the water out and place about eight tablespoons (you can just eyeball this) of coffee grounds into the pot. Afterwards, pour hot water (not boiling) into the pot while making sure to leave a little room at the top. If you pour too much water, the pot will overflow once you have inserted the plunger. Stir the mixture of coffee and water. Put the plunger on and leave the pot to brew for about four minutes. After four minutes, begin to slowly lower the plunger all the way down till you reach the bottom of the pot. Turn the lid so that the spout is open, then pour and enjoy.
Percolators are similar to French presses in that they both involve coffee, pots, and water. If you’re the camping type, you’ve probably seen a few people utilize the percolator while roughing it in the great outdoors.
Begin the percolator method by pouring cool water into the bottom chamber of the percolator. The amount of water will vary depending on how many cups you want to make. Make sure the water doesn’t exceed the bottom chamber into the top chamber when put together. Assemble the percolator and add a couple teaspoons of coffee per eight ounces of water. Lastly, place the percolator on the heat source, removing it just before the boiling point. If you allow the coffee to boil then you must drink your bitter mistake; wastefulness is not allowed during the apocalypse or among those who’ve forgotten to pay their electric bill. Otherwise, pour and enjoy.
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If you have a strainer handy, making coffee can be extremely simple. Simply bring some water to a simmer and pour in the coffee grounds, eyeballing the measurements for different brew strengths. Simmer the coffee for 3-5 minutes. If you leave it over the heat source any longer, the coffee will have a distinctly bitter taste. The only downfall to this method is the bitterness which can ensue from having a strainer that isn’t fine enough. In addition, if you’re heating the water over a campfire, controlling the temperature can be tricky, increasing the chances of bitter coffee even more.
– Filter Creatively
Filtering your coffee is probably the best balance between easy coffee brewing and exceptional taste. It also allows for many ingenious ideas, since many mundane objects can be used as coffee filters. Begin by heating up a pot of water, removing it from its heat source just before it reaches boiling point. Spoon some coffee grounds into a makeshift filter and pour hot water through the grounds and filter into your cup. The type of filter you have will affect how quickly or slowly you pour the water. For an extremely fine filter, slower pouring will be required.
The everyday items you can use as a makeshift coffee filter are endless. Some great examples are clothing such as t-shirts or socks (clean, of course), paper towels, and medical gauze. The more durable the material the better, since you don’t want to burn through all your paper towels or other disposable materials for a non-essential like coffee. Tough fabric works the best if you can spare it. Or you could just stock up on a few thousand extra coffee filters. They have many other useful functions besides filtering coffee.
– Cowboy Style
If few resources are available to you, you can try your hand at cowboy coffee, which is simply heating up water over a fire, throwing in the coffee grounds, letting it simmer for a while, and drinking it. Most prefer trying to pour their cowboy coffee slowly into a cup, but some drink it grounds included. This is typically a worst-case scenario for coffee lovers.
– Instant Coffee
Preparation is the key to this coffee-making method. You’ll have to go into the apocalypse with this item fully stocked if you want the easy use of instant coffee. You can easily find and buy packs of instant coffee at your local grocery store, usually on the same aisle as the peanut butter and tea. Once you’ve done the almighty job of taking the packet out of its box, heat up the water using any method available. Once the water has reached the perfect temperature of hotness, you are free to tear that instant coffee packet open and pour those grinds into your cup. Stir and enjoy.
17. Protein Bars – These aren’t just for bodybuilders. Protein bars are great for preppers, as well, providing a quick boost of a nutrition that is often in short supply during disaster scenarios. They’re also one of many great foods for your bug out bag. Just be warned that the kind of chocolate is liable to melt.
18. Canned Tuna – Enjoying meat long after a disaster means either hunting/fishing for it yourself or eating it out of a can. Canned tuna is a great place to start if you opt for the latter option, as it is affordable and has a decent shelf life. Be sure to get the kind that comes in oil, not water, as it has more calories.
19. Tang – Tang allows you to turn ordinary water into orange juice (sort of), and it was even used by NASA when they flew astronauts to the moon. Regardless of whether or not you find Tang to be a good substitute for orange juice taste-wise, it is full of great nutrients such as Calcium and Vitamin C.
20. Kool-Aid – Kool-Aid is another powdered water enhancer that lasts for years. Though it’s not nearly as nutritious as Tang, you may find the flavor to be a little more appealing, at least for special occasions.
21. Raisins – Just a cup full of raisins is equal to a full serving of fresh fruit in terms of nutrients. These dried grapes are full of protein, fiber, iron, potassium, Vitamin C, and antioxidants. Raisins can be used as an addition to other dishes or eaten by themselves for a healthy snack. For even more variety, consider stocking up on a number of dried fruits such as dried bananas, strawberries, plums, and more.
22. Maple Syrup – Maple syrup has an indefinite shelf life, meaning that if you are able to figure out a way to make pancakes after SHTF then you will have the perfect topping for them. Personally, I can’t imagine eating pancakes without it.
23. Pancake Mix – Speaking of ways to make pancakes post-disaster, pancake mix is affordable and easy to store. It only has a shelf life of about a year, though, meaning that you’ll have to replace your supply every year, which may be more trouble than it is worth.
24. Canning and Pickling Salt – Most everyone remembers to add iodized salt to their stockpile, but did you know that you can’t use regular iodized salt for canning and pickling? Instead, you will want to ensure that you have canning and pickling salt at your disposal.
25. Garbanzo Beans – Garbanzo beans – also known as chickpeas – are high in protein, flavorful, affordable, and when purchased dry, they have a shelf life of 30+ years. While dry pinto beans are a staple among preppers, garbanzo beans are often overlooked. Given their flavor and nutritious value though, this shouldn’t be the case.
Like I said, the majority of preppers probably already have most of the foods on this list–and I’m sure I’ll get a few comments to that effect–but my hope is that you at least saw one or two foods you either forgot to buy or hadn’t yet considered. Food fatigue is very real, so when the SHTF, you’ll want a wide variety of things to eat for both your physical and psychological health.
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It will become a reservoir of lost survival knowledge that passed through time and space to find its way in your home when you need it the most, when your family needs to stay well fed, safe and protected while all hell breaks loose. When rules don’t apply anymore, there’ll be no 911 to call and you have to fend for yourself, just like our forefathers did … not only to survive but to make America one of the greatest countries on Earth.
Your future self will look into the past and high-five the present you for having the foresight to make one of the best decisions of your life. One that costs you virtually nothing but one day could prove to be worth everything.
Our great grandparents arrived from Europe with the clothes on their backs and the opportunity to make a life based on their skills. All while facing a” succeed or die” scenario. Not much political correctness there. But there’ll be no such thing in a crisis either.