In the aftermath of a power outage, it's crucial to have a well-stocked supply of survival food on hand. Check out this list to see which foods don't require cooking.
8 Survival Foods That Will Save You in a Power Outage
Power outages are unpredictable – they could last an hour, a day, or even a week. Make sure you're prepared with a fully stocked pantry of foods with a long shelf-life. We recommend sticking to foods that don't require heat or cooking, and keeping your food in an air-tight container to ensure it lasts as long as possible. Check out the list below to see which survival foods made the cut.
1. Canned Vegetables & Fruit
Pros: Convenient and full of essential vitamins – plus it actually tastes good. (Check out this survival hack for how to open a can without a can opener.)
Shelf life: 1-2 years beyond the date stamped on the can.
2. Canned Meats
Pros: Excellent source of protein, plus there are tons of options available.
Shelf life: 2-5 years.
3. Peanut Butter
Pros: Peanut butter is tasty and is great source of protein. (Tip: steer clear of the all-natural varieties, since those have a shorter shelf life.)
Shelf life: 2-5 years.
4. Raw Honey
Pros: Raw honey stored in a sealed container can remain stable for decades and even centuries.
Shelf life: Indefinite (raw honey), 2 years (commercial honey).
5. Mixed Nuts
Pros: A bag of mixed nuts is lightweight and long-lasting, plus the nuts are packed with protein and healthy fats.
Shelf Life: 1 month (pantry), 4-6 months (fridge), 9-12 months (freezer).
6. Instant Oatmeal
Pros: Often called the ultimate survival food, oatmeal is a great breakfast solution. It's lightweight and easy to carry – plus its packaging is flammable and can be used to start a fire if needed.
Shelf life: 6-9 months (flavored instant), 2-3 years (steel cut)
7. Ramen Noodles
Pros: Packaged ramen noodles have an extremely long shelf life – just add hot water to make an instant meal.
Shelf life: 10+ years.
8. Dehydrated Food
Pros: High in protein; easy to eat. You can even make your own beef jerky if you'd prefer.
Shelf life: 1-2 years.
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