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Top 10 Basic Foods To Start Your Food Storage Plan

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This is a guest post from Dirk Puckett of DailyBread.com – a fantastic resource for food storage items.

Having an emergency food storage plan doesn’t mean you have to shop the army surplus store for military MREs. It’s easy to start a food storage plan full of foods you enjoy on a regular basis, yet will store well. You don’t even have to shell out hundreds of dollars to get started—just add certain foods to your regular shopping list and over time, you’ll build up a nice supply.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed on how to start and what to buy, just start slow and build from there. Here is a simple, affordable list of the top 10 basic foods to put into your beginning food storage supply.

  1. Pasta: Stock up on your favorite pasta noodles, because they last a long time when stored at ambient temperatures in a dry place, like your pantry or cupboard. Keep several jars of sauce on hand to add extra nutrients and flavor to your meals.
  2. Rice: Another staple that satisfies your appetites during an emergency is rice. Pick up some flavor packets to add appeal to any rice dinner, or combine this versatile grain with other canned foods in your storage.
  3. Instant foods: Whether its macaroni and cheese, freeze dried meals or condensed soups, keep your food storage stocked with instant foods. Convenient, delicious and inexpensive, instant food should be the center of your emergency supply.
  4. Vegetables and fruit: Chock-full of minerals and vitamins, canned veggies and fruits will help you round out your diet when you need it most. Don’t discard the liquid that the veggies or fruit come in—use it in place of water to cook with as needed.
  5. Canned meat: Tuna fish and canned chicken are the most common canned meats, but you can also use shrimp, sardines and meat sauce for your emergency stores. Packed with protein, canned meat compliments many emergency meals.
  6. Soup: Keep plenty of soups in your supply, because they are the perfect combination of meat, veggies and liquid to keep your body going when it’s stressed and hungry. Choose hearty soups over thin, broth-based soups for maximum calories.
  7. Vitamins: To ensure that your body gets the appropriate vitamins and minerals, add what’s missing from your diet with a daily supplement of vitamins.
  8. Water: For drinking and for preparing food, water is an essential part of any food storage supply. Either pick up some commercially bottled water or store your own in sterile, sealable containers.
  9. Coffee, tea and drinks: If you can’t go without your morning coffee, make sure you have enough on hand. However, learn how to make it without electricity. Stock up on tea bags as needed and powdered drink mixes fortified with vitamin C.
  10. Comfort food: In an emergency, there will be a lot going on so pan on giving yourself a treat to ease your stress. Keep hard candies, granola bars, taffy or any other comfort food you like that doesn’t need refrigeration. You’ll appreciate these little luxuries if you’re in an emergency situation.

Dirk Puckett enjoys writing about camping, outdoor adventures and a self-sufficient lifestyle.  He’s also a big fan of integrating freeze dried food into family food storage and emergency preparedness plans.

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