Twenty Survival Foods For Preppers

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If a tragedy strikes, you want to be ready for it. There is a huge likelihood that if you do not have the groceries you need, you may not be able to find them. Grocery stores will sell out of these items rather quickly.

Many grocery stores only have a few days worth of food. If there is a hurricane, flood, or another disaster, inventory can be quickly reduced. This is an awful situation, but it becomes worse when the disaster lasts for weeks or months at a time.
Every home should have a 6 month supply of food that has a long shelf life. Within this article, I will discuss the most suitable 20 foods that you can find, along with what the benefits of each one are.


Pinto Beans and Blackeye Beans

Pinto beans should be a staple of every prepper. They are cheap and easy to cook. Plus, pinto beans are full of fiber, which means they are super filling. They can be used in a variety of recipes and are wonderful for those that suffer from diabetes.

Blackeye beans are full of fiber and are low calorie. One cup will provide 11 grams of fiber with only 200 calories. Other vitamins this legume has include potassium, iron, folate, calcium, and magnesium.


All Purpose Flour

All-purpose flour can be stored to be used in an emergency situation. One reason that I love having this in a survival pantry is that you can make bread from it easily. If you have flour, salt, water, and oil, plus a skillet for cooking, you can easily make up a batch of this bread for you and your group.



Alcohol should be something that you stockpile as it is very valuable. It can be used to disinfect tools, clean surfaces, or even wash your hands. Alcohol has been combined with water to make tinctures to suppress coughs and help with other ailments. People have used it to start fires as well. And many people use it as a means to relieve stress by enjoying a cocktail or two when things in a disaster become rough.


Raw Honey

Raw honey can be used so many ways, making it the perfect item to place in a prepper’s survival pantry. It can be used as an antibiotic as it is antimicrobial. You can put it on cuts and scrapes to prevent infection. It will also inhibit the growth of bacteria. And the best part is honey will never expire!


Coconut Oil

I absolutely adore coconut oil! There are so many wonderful uses for this oil that there was no way it was not making my list of 20 survival foods. It has a shelf life of 18 months to 2 years, making it oil that has one of the longest shelf lives of any.

First off, coconut oil can be used for cooking and baking. If a recipe calls for butter, you can switch the butter, which is not very healthy, for coconut oil. It can be added to any vegetables for a quick boost of energy as well.

Coconut oil is also a great health and beauty aid. You can use it as a toothpaste to make your teeth and gums healthy. It can be used on cuts to stop infections and speed up the healing process. I have used it on burns to help cool them. It works wonders on parasites and lice too! Coconut oil can prevent athlete’s foot and makes a great lip balm. And if you are worried about bacteria that cause pneumonia, sore throats, ulcers, urinary tract infections, and other diseases, this oil can be used for prevention. A baby’s bottom can be soothed using this oil as a form of diaper rash cream, too!


Peanut Butter

I have found that peanut butter is a great item to keep in your survival food pantry for many reasons. It is delicious, easy to eat, and gives a quick boost of energy. Peanut butter has a long shelf life and will often keep even after the expiration date! This inexpensive food sticks to the ribs and can really fill up a person.

It can be used plain, on sandwiches, with crackers, or used in shakes or sauces. It has a high oil content perfect for a firestarter if you do not have anything else to use. I have found it useful as mouse bait, getting bubble gum out of hair, and it makes for an easy solution for giving a dog his medication.


Powdered Milk

Powdered milk is a must for any survival pantry! Some kinds even last up to 20 years! This type of milk can be used for human consumption but is also beneficial if you have livestock. It can be used to drink straight, or one may bake or cook with it.

Did you know that you can use powdered milk to make sour cream and yogurt? I have even used it to make cream cheese and buttercream with it! It is an excellent source of calcium and vitamin D, plus has other vitamins and minerals in it that our bodies need to be healthy!


Canned Meats

Canned meats come in a variety of sizes and kinds. Some are loaded with sodium and are only one portion. This is something that you will need to think about when purchasing these meats. Many of them come in a broth, which is great for using in gravies, soups, and stews. Having a variety of meats, such as chicken, turkey, fish, and beef will allow you to fight boredom if you are stuck in a disaster zone for a while.


Ramen Noodles

Ramen noodles are super cheap and simple to make. This convenience food is made only with water and can be served in under 5 minutes. Plus they come in a wide variety of flavors, thus preventing burnout.


Canned Fruits and Vegetables

Canned fruits and vegetables are a must for any survival pantry. With so many variations and long shelf lives, these foods can be used in various recipes. And they will please the palates of many in your family or group. Canned fruits are nice because you can eat them right out of the can with no heating up.



I love having pasta in my survival pantry. You can do so much with pasta. Eat it with butter and parmesan cheese. Serve it with cheese sauce, tomato sauce, or place canned meat on top of it. It contains carbs for energy and is super cheap on the budget.


White Rice

White rice has an extremely long shelf life. It should be added to every preppers survival pantry. It is full of various nutrients that are needed and it can be used in many ways, such as in soups, stir-fry, and eaten plain.



Salt is one item that can be very useful in survival situations. It is great to use when preserving foods. If at least a 20% solution of salt is put on fish and meat, it can be preserved without any refrigeration.

Salt also comes in handy if a person has a wound. I find it beneficial to mix 5 grams of salt with half a liter of water to flush out bacteria in a wound. Never apply salt directly to a wound as this will hurt very much. Always dilute it with clean water first.


Brown and White Sugar

Sweet foods for me are comforting. This is why I always suggest either brown or white sugar in a prepper’s pantry. White sugar keeps indefinitely, while brown sugar will not keep as long. White sugar can be used to sweeten tart berries or mixed with cinnamon to create cinnamon sugar. And brown sugar is handy for sweetening oatmeal.


Coffee and Tea

Coffee and tea are perfect drink choices for any prepper to have in their survival pantry. Both can provide you with a surge of energy due to the caffeine. Either can be drunk hot or cold, sweet or unsweetened. Tea can also be used as a facial toner while coffee grounds can be used as a body scrub when mixed with water.


Dried Spices and Herbs

Spices and herbs can come in handy when foods taste blah during a disaster. Foods that taste better will put a person in a better mood. Or at least they do for me. Salt, pepper, garlic, chili powder, dried onions, and bouillon all make great choices.

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