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.