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How To Build An Emergency Food Supply



It’s important to have a plan when it comes to your emergency food supply.

Stocking up can be tricky, especially when considering all of the different aspects to your supply.

With this post, we look into some common mistakes to avoid, a list of what to have and how long it will last, and finally how much of everything you need to have.

From what to have to how to keep it, you need to be in know when it comes to effectively preparing a food supply.

Read on to get stocked up!


First, what not to do:


Survival Foods/Items To Have

See the entire list here. 

Survival Food that adds flavor & comfort: These four foods can be stored for over 10 years and are a great way to add a little bit of flavor to your cooking. If stored properly they can probably last indefinitely.


  1. Salt
  2. Sugar – Brown or White
  3. Raw Honey
  4. Alcohol – Whiskey, Vodka, etc…

Hard Grains: Stored properly hard grains have a shelf life of around 10 – 12 years.


  1. Buckwheat
  2. Dry Corn
  3. Kamut
  4. Hard Red Wheat
  5. Soft White Wheat
  6. Millet
  7. Durum wheat
  8. Spelt

Soft grains: These soft grains will last around 8 years at 70 degrees sealed without oxygen.


  1. Barley,
  2. Oat Groats,
  3. Quinoa
  4. Rye

Beans: Sealed and kept away from oxygen the following beans can last for around 8 – 10 years.


  1. Pinto Beans
  2. Kidney Beans
  3. Lentils
  4. Lima Beans
  5. Adzuki Beans
  6. Garbanzo Beans
  7. Mung Beans
  8. Black Turtle Beans
  9. Blackeye Beans

Flours and Mixes and Pastas: 5 – 8 years

  1. All Purpose Flour
  2. White Flour
  3. Whole Wheat Flour
  4. Cornmeal
  5. Pasta
  6. White Rice ( up to 10 years)


  1. Coconut oil – Coconut oil has one of the longest shelf lives of any kind of oil. It can last for over 2 years and is a great item to add to your survival food supply list.

Other good survival foods: 2 – 5 years of shelf life


  1. Canned Tuna
  2. Canned Meats
  3. Canned Vegetables & Fruits
  4. Peanut Butter
  5. Coffee
  6. Tea
  7. Ramen Noodles – not the greatest food in the world but they are very cheap so they made the survival food list.
  8. Hard Candy
  9. Powdered milk
  10. Dried herbs and spices

Items that can be used for more than cooking:

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar – Cleaning, cooking, and has antibiotic properties
  2. Baking Soda – Cleaning, cooking, etc…
  3. Honey – Mentioned again for its antibiotic properties and wound healing.

Non Food Items to stock up on at the grocery store:

  1. Bic Lighters
  2. Toilet Paper
  3. Soaps
  4. Bottled Water
  5. Vitamins
  6. Medicines
  7. Bandages
  8. Peroxide
  9. Lighter fluid
  10. Canning Supplies
  11. Charcoal

Stocking Up: How Much To Have


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  1. Jeannette Blair

    March 15, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    How to care for our pets, regarding food and water for our dogs, cat and bird. Thank you.

  2. gary swanson

    March 15, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Need Moore info

  3. randall noll

    March 16, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    always good information to see these kinds of lists/foods for long term storage. keep em comming

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  6. Mike Well

    May 29, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    It is very efficient information that how to make emergency food.I can take chance of my life but not of my family.So i always prefer MRE or emergency food wherever we are going. So this blog is terrifically help me to make Emergency food at home.If this blog would not help me i will really call for emergency food supply store

  7. jim

    October 4, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    I was told that the bic co. was a staunch anti gun proponent.
    if that is true perhaps another brand lighter would be a better choice

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  9. Charlotte Cunningham

    December 13, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Dear Jason,
    Hello from Arizona. My name is Charlotte and I am so worried about this crisis sometimes I can’t sleep. I have a question for you, Well, my daughter was in a car accident on June 9th,2012. She suffered both femurs broke, ribs, both ankles, toes, shattered left arm,took out her spleen,had to repair her insides,she had several strokes from the trauma to her body and she has TBI, traumatic brain injury. She has long and short term memory loss. So, Leah will need years of therapy,surgeries etc… So now if we need to hide out somewhere, were would you recommend I find a spot for safety for my family with Leahs condition? She can walk now but very slow. I need to figure this out for my families safety. We live in Az now around hills and desert. Close to Vegas. Please give me advice as I am trying to prepare. I bought 2 guns, stocking up on some foods. Thank you for all your great survival ideas. You are making a great difference to many normal unrich people like myself and families. God Bless America,and Forever great full. Charlotte

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