5 Often Overlooked Emergency Foods To Consider

by | Feb 11, 2020 | Emergency Preparedness, Headline News | 11 comments

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    Emergency food preparation is sometimes stressful and overwhelming.  But it doesn’t have to be! You also don’t have to eat the same things over and over again if you ever have to dig into your stored food.  Which is why I wanted to share some often overlooked foods to consider adding to your food supply.

    Having more options available to you will prevent boredom with food, and help round out your nutrient intake during an emergency situation.

      1. Coconut Oil – Coconut oil has a shelf life of up to two years if it’s unopened. It is solid at room temperature but it can withstand the high cooking temperatures of a fire in a survival situation. You can use it as a replacement for butter (which won’t store well) in baking and cooking. A bonus is that you can also use coconut oil for other purposes, such as a skin moisturizer if you haven’t stored any lotions.  Organic coconut oil is also a good replacement for cooking oil too, especially if you aren’t a big fan of the flavor of canola or vegetable oil.
      2. Nut Butters – Many preppers overlook the benefits of nut butters. While peanut butter might be in your pantry, consider adding others, for example, sunflower seed butter and almond butter. Both are quick and easy sources of energy and nutrition. They also are excellent for long-term storage. Unopened jars of nut butter will last for about two years under normal conditions. Having different options available when it comes to nut butters will go far in preventing boredom with your food!

    3.Dehydrated Vegetables – Most of us already have at least some canned veggies in our stockpile. But you might want to consider adding some dehydrated vegetables as well. Dehydrated carrots, for example, can stay fresh for 20 years, and dehydrated corn can last for 10 years.

    4. Dehydrated Meat (Jerky) – Jerky is not just a good travel snack, it’s also a tasty food fit for an emergency supply. Store-bought, processed jerky will last a long time to go bad in an unopened airtight container. If you’re adding it to your food supply, that’s how you should store it. Store-bought processed beef jerky will last one to two years easily in these conditions. If you make your own, it may only last three months, but you can increase this time by freezing it.

    5. Oats – Rolled oats can last up to 30 years making them the perfect addition to an emergency food supply. Not only will they last when stored in airtight containers in cool, dry conditions, but they are incredibly inexpensive!  They also provide carbohydrates for an emergency energy boost, iron, thiamine, and dietary fiber.

    These are not the only overlooked foods preppers often pass by. If you have some suggestions, share them with our readers in the comment section so we can learn from each other.

    With threats of an ever-spreading coronavirus and potential pandemic, and during the heart of winter when it’s possible to get snowed in, it never hurts to have some food on hand that you won’t mind eating and will get you through an emergency.

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      2. Dehydrated Vegetables suck! Get freeze dried instead or can your own. Also stock up on TVP of various varieties.

      3. write a letter to ur states ag dept requesting a list of all the graineries in ur state. did that in Militiagan in the 90’s. 4 pages. if u live in the Mid-West, think Star of the West. LOTS of dried beans. toodles, T-1000.

      4. I’d be surprised if rolled oats lasted 30 years. Generally the longest lasting are whole grains. Oat groats or otherwise known as unrolled or whole oats will last a long time, I believe around 10 years. Whole wheat and white rice will last 30 years even longer. If you are going to store oats, store whole oats and invest in a small manual oat roller to roll them fresh when you need them.

      5. These never go bad:
        Honey- will turn solid after time but just heat gently and it turns liquid again
        Twinkies- just had to add some comedy

        Long term:
        Dry beans
        Dehydrated anything if its in a #10 can with oxygen absorber
        Cans of Tang, lemonade, etc
        Canned food- NOT if the cans are bulging. However, canned foods will loose texture and taste and the vitamins and minerals end up in the juices instead of actual product
        Jars or cans of jalapeños
        Pickles – most pickles are stored in vinegar

        Olive oil – 2 years unopened in dry dark place

      6. I always have a case of Sardines on hand. Even keep a can or 2 in each vehicle. Costco has them pretty reasonable.

      7. Having a few 4 pound boxes of baking soda can be useful. Baking soda can be thrown onto a gas fire, which I witnessed my mother doing in a herculean effort, after I had left a glass coffee pot with a plastic handle on the stove, and forgot that I left it on the stove while packing to go to college. The stove naturally caught on fire when the plastic handle melted at 2:30 am.

        It would be a safer alternative to fire blankets made out of asbestos, obviously messier, but not carcinogic. Asbestos is made out of calcium or magnesium ions woven into fabric. Everyone knows that calcium and magnesium are dietary essentials, so it is eveidently the fact that they are ions, which would be inhaled and act as free radicals.

        An ionizing air filter would therefore probably be a bad idea.

      8. There was a great web page on wikipedia about roof-top water harvesting. This is really a fantastic idea, if you live in a place where you can trust that people aren’t trying to poison you. Unfortunately, there are people that are willing to poison others with toxic water. Well poisoning as well as poisoning rice padies has been taking place for a very long time, which is where the phrase white on rice must come from. Rice has very high levels of arsenic, and should be rinsed at least 8 times in warm water. The white arsenic is released in the warm water, and the water will become visibly clearer with each rince. Brown rice has higher levels. Basmati and wild rice have lower levels of arsenic.

      9. How about processed GMO foods, twinkies and other processed foods like Little Debbie cakes and cookies, real cocoa bars, coffee, tea, dried beans, rice, pasta etc.?

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