DIY Survival Foods You’ll Actually Want To Eat

By on March 28, 2014

When you plan for a post event situation, one of the first and most important considerations is how to keep your family fed without access to grocery stores or the luxury of refrigeration.

Having to eat only foods that are easily preserved and stored for long amounts of time does narrow your options, but it doesn’t completely eliminate the possibility of having delicious meals!

These recipes and DIY preps are made for keeping a long time and survival situation friendly cooking.

Read on to discover the delicious things you can eat even after the SHTF.


1. Homemade Beef Jerky



Want to know how to make beef jerky? We did, too. We decided to make our own beef jerky to see just how easy or difficult it was. We were curious to see how our homemade version compared with what you could buy in stores. The result? A rich, salty, high protein snack that tastes delicious, far better than most all we purchased. We were surprised and excited to learn that jerky could be made simply at home, and that no expensive tools, ingredients or equipment was required. We love being able to flavor our jerky any way we choose, the combinations of flavors you have available are as limitless as your imagination.

Instructions here.


2. Chocolate Chia Survival Bars


How to make homemade survival bars that actually taste good- I have now tried many of packaged survival bars, and have made a fruit flavored recipe for homemade emergency food bars with a long shelf life. I thought to myself, surely there is a better way to make a homemade survival food bar. The fruit Jello bars are good, but are awfully sweet. They also do not have the nutritional value I knew you could pack into a bar. The solution? Chocolate and Chia seeds.

Instructions here.


3. Fruity Survival Bars


Want to learn how to make homemade survival bars? So did I. Over the past few months, I decided to try a few varieties, and this is my favorite so far. The texture is right, the flavor is right, especially is you are a fan of fruity cereal. These taste a lot like Crunch Berries! You can also try lemon and orange flavored Jello in these easy to make bars. I guess together, they taste like Trix or Fruity Pebbles. Something like that, anyway. I promised I would try these, and I just had not one, but two for a snack before I could put them down. Going to admit something here- I am a bit of a food critic. If I say these are good, they are good. Otherwise, I am going to call them edible. These are actually good. They are not like bricks, and they are not dry and bland.

Instructions here.


4. Dried Fruit


Most dried fruit recipes call for dehydrators, but not this one. Using your oven and the chart above you can create your very own dried and preserved fruit that would last much longer than unpreserved fruits. This will be a project you’ll be happy to have completed in a post event situation, as fruit could be one of the harder foods to come by without access to grocery stores.

Instructions here.


5. Jarred Cookie Mix


This is one of the less practical items on this list. You need eggs and oil to add to this recipe in order to bake the cookies and you’ll obviously need an oven or some other convection heat to cook these treats. Also, these are obviously not going to provide with a lot of useful nutrients and nourish your body. But all of that aside, a lot can be said for planning to have some sort of creature comforts around in your planning for emergency. That, after all, is what this whole list is about! Not having survival food just to live off of, but also to enjoy!

Instructions here.


6. Pickled Eggs


These aren’t for everyone. There are people out there who absolutely love pickled eggs and others who won’t even try them. Though the thought of this food might be a lot to process, do yourself a favor and at least try them! They’re inexpensive to make and preserve tons of protein for a long time. And yo might be surprised by the delightful texture and added flavor created by jarring and pickling eggs.\

Instructions here.

7. Grilled Bread


This recipe is for when you don’t have access to a lot of time, energy, or an oven. Being able to make delicious bread quickly over a stove or grill can add some versatility to your preparation of this important survival staple.

Instructions here.

8. Cheesy Bacon Biscuits


Cheese, bacon, and biscuits. Need we say more? These biscuits won’t keep as long as something like a hardtrack or survival bread, but they taste a heck of a lot better! This isn’t what you’ll want stocked as your main source of survival food, but having these around as a treat and taste of normalcy will make your day that much easier to get through.

Instructions here.


Being able to enjoy your food even in an emergency situation will make all the difference in the morale and good spiritedness in your group.

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Lauren J

About Lauren J

Lauren is a contributor for Survival Life. She was born and raised in rural East Texas, moving to the Hill Country to attend the University of Texas at Austin. Country living and the outdoors have always been a huge part of Lauren's life. She has a appreciation for all things survivalist and outdoors, and has always been interested in emergency preparedness.
  • Quester55

    All of this looks great, however, What good is it really going to be, to have this food stocked up, if Martial Law is declared & your forced to move out of your safety zone?
    NO, I’m not saying not to stock up, I just think that being aware of those things that may effect our survival, should be addressed as well.
    For example; Why Did De Fuhrer Purchase 30,000 Guillotines & divide them up for the F.E.M.A. Camps??
    What’s up with ” Martial Law,” being set for a June First or July First, Activation, A Reported by some in the Senate Rumor-mill???
    Or The Fuhrer’s insistence of having a ” MEDICAL RECORDS CHIP,” Implanted in the Citizens, for Humanitarian reasons?? Later this year?
    These things should be on our minds as well.
    As For Survival, I just hope that You that Refuse to Believe in JESUS for All Things, Live Long, For after death, comes your Judgement!

    • richard1941

      Quester55 is in for a big surprise when he finds out that it is not Jesus that will judge his immortal soul, but Odin and Zeus. The one sure way to receive Odin’s blessing is to die in battle defending one’s community against evil, not quietly in bed in a hospital paid for by Medicare run according to the ideas of Karl Marx and John Lennon.

  • richard1941

    Some gas ovens do not regulate their temperature below 170 degF. Checking with a thermometer, my oven, set to 170, gives intermittent bursts of heat to 210 degF. And that cooks foods that I want to dry without cooking.

    I have had good luck leaving the oven OFF, and replacing the oven light bulb is an old fashioned illegal 100 watt incandescent bulb (I can still buy them in Tijuana, Mexico). This puts out just enough heat to keep the inside of the oven warm and I make EXCELLENT and delicious smoked salmon jerky that way. Egg jerky will probably be the next project. To learn more about egg jerky, visit the “Wacky Patent of the Month” web page. Maybe it’s not so wacky: a nonperishable form of protein can be a life saver.

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  • Deborah Cockrell

    the crazy thing is, when you read the instructions for pickled eggs, they say to keep refrigerated and use within 4 weeks. not sure how THAT would qualify as survival food when refrigeration is not available. Personally, I have kept these in the pantry for at least a year, but once the seal is broken, you would of course refrigerate just like with regular pickles. Sometimes I think the USDA instructions err w-a-a-y on the side of caution.