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When panning and preparing for your survival food stores and basic one-year supply, there are several items that may or may not be considered and should not be overlooked. Keep in mind that it may be more cost effective to purchase these as part of a purchased supply instead of creating your own, but this is all based on your current food inventory and circumstances.

Beans like pinto beans are a great source of protein during survival conditions.  Even when they get to the point where they won’t soak up water, they could be ground up for refried beans.

Cooking Oil is a very common item that is forgotten when preparing your survival food stores. These are products that are easy to pick up at a local store. Canola, Coconut, Extra virgin olive, Macadamia, Sesame, Soybean and Walnut oils are some of the healthier choices to consider.

Dried Fruits like Apples, Apricots, Banana chips, Dates, Raisins, etc. are great nutritional supplements.

Drink mixes are another very common item that is forgotten when considering items for your survival food stores.  I experienced firsthand during the Gulf War in 90/91 that drinking just water day after day for weeks gets very old, very fast.  The cool-aid packets in our MR’s became worth their weight in gold.  Therefore, I would strongly recommend storing up some different coffees, cool-aids, energy drink mixes, Horchata mix, hot chocolates and ciders, teas, etc.  These items also make great barter items, especially coffee.

Honey and Nectars are excellent substitutes for sugar.  Honey properly sealed in a glass jar can last for centuries.  Agave nectar is one of the healthiest choices to add to your survival food stores sugar substitutes.

Dried Cereals like Cream of Wheat, Grits, Malt-O-Meal, Oatmeal, etc. all have a very long shelf life, so consider these for your survival food stores.

Pastas come in a very wide variety of shapes and sizes and store for years.  Their great for supplements in soups and stews to extend your meals.

Pet Foods is one important item that a lot of people overlook when planning their survival food stores.  If you have a dog for example, and you don’t get extra dog food, you will be sharing your food with your pet.

Powdered foods like Butter, Cheese, Milk and Whole Eggs all come in #10 cans and are excellent to have for your extended survival food stores.

Salt has been used for thousands of years as an excellent food preserver.  The more you have, the better, especially for the long haul.  It also make a great barter item.

Soup Bases come in a very wide variety of flavors and textures.  They are excellent for extending meals as well as your survival food stores.

White Rice stores much longer than brown and other rices.  However, brown rices have more nutrients and vitamins.  The choice is yours.  Rice makes great additives to stews and soups.

Hand cranked food grinder would be a mandatory survival item if you are planning on storing whole grains or legumes for your survival food stores.  There are currently several small, portable models on the market.

Buy food in bulk.  When purchasing your survival food stores, try to buy in bulk and buy extra.  This will definitely safe you money in the long run.  With your extra bulk, let’s say a fifty pound sack of salt, you can break it down in one pound bags to use for bartering.  Just be sure to get plenty of small and medium re-sealable bags.

14 Responses to “Don’t Forget these Extra Food Items”

  1. Allyson Browning

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  2. Rock

    I think it’s worth mentioning, Yonis, that many Olive Oil will only store for two years; after that it begins to turn rancid. I don’t know what the shelf life is for other cooking oils, do you? (Olive Oil is the only cooking oil I use, so I’m not familiar with others.) I wonder if coconut oil has a longer shelf life?

      • Danette Zak

        Is this after opening to both Rock and Sunflower? We were just wondering this same question. If there is no electricity, then the refrigerator idea is out.

    • Emily

      We use a lot of coconut oil. Our current gallon we bought (and opened) about a year and a half ago, and it still smells right and tastes right. We don’t refrigerate it, but we do keep it indoors so that it isn’t exposed to extreme heat during the summer. For what that’s worth.

  3. Mike

    I just bought some Nutivia Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil & it Is was packed on 12-30-10 & is best too use before 12-30-12. Don’t know about other products on the market.

  4. Celeste

    Store and use coconut oil. Its a very healthy oil and will store longer than olive oil. Its very tasty too. Other oils such as corn, canola, etc are rancid already when you buy them plus may be GMO.

  5. Virginia Kirk

    Coconut oil has an extremely long shelf life. Extra virgin has a low smoke point, so consider expeller pressed for cooking. I do recommend the extra virgin, however, for its many health benefits, including the benefits for the thyroid. I HIGHLY recommend . I’ve used many of their products and find them superior to others.

  6. Terri

    I’ve read that if you open a liquigel gel-cap of Astaxanthin (a nutrient found in health food stores) and add it to your olive oil that it will extend the shelf life somewhat. The Astaxanthin is an anti-oxidant (from the carotenoid family and a phytochemical). The oil is orange/red in color so when you add it to the oil, it will impart that color. Store the oil away from light, in a cool dark place. When you use it, replace the lid immediately (oxygen is the enemy) and restore it. When the color (from the Astaxanthin) wears off (the oil turns pale in color) it means the oil is turning rancid. Hope this helps.

  7. Online Recipes

    We should have to kept all this food items in every time with us that’s true. But I don’t have any pet so pet food is not according to me from your list. I can store all other items as well. Thanks a lot for reminding all these items for one year planning…It is helpful for me in sense of create budget also.

    Mitchell Brown

  8. Julie

    COCONUT OIL SHELF-LIFE: I have read that refined coconut oil has a MUCH shorter shelf life than UNrefined cold pressed which can last for up to 8 years on the shelf. The unrefined version has naturally occuring anti-oxidants which protect the oil. These are removed during the refining process making the oil more susceptible to rancidity.

  9. Rod

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  10. Rod

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