Canned Foods for Survival

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#4: Hamburger meat in a can.
It's not something you'd ordinarily get at the grocery store, but
anyone who's worked at a food bank or community pantry knows
the value of canned meats to a family who struggles to put food
on the table.

Without a doubt,
hamburger in a can will be a real treat in
uncertain times. You'll be able to make Sloppy Joes, meatloaf,
meatballs, tacos, lasagne, spaghetti ~ you name it (even
hamburgers if you're clever).

Having meat on hand is an important prep for protein. And while
you can get freeze dried hamburger meat, having ground beef in a
can is the next best thing to fresh. It's ready to eat without the
fuzz of reconstituting and you have two wonderful options:

#5:  Canned cheese.
How cheesy is this? Cheese in a can! We're not talking a whizzy
cheese here for snacks, but a cheese you can use to cook dinner!
There are two kinds of cheese in a can to savor:

  • Bega Cheese in a Can: Trust us when we say, they are
    going to "beg-ya" for more of the Bega canned cheese!
    Indeed, preppers can be choosers with Bega canned cheese.
    This processed cheese in a can is great-tasting cheese that
    you can slice or grate. Imported fresh from Australia, it has a
    long shelf-life (up to 10-15 years when stored properly).
    Right, you can get six cans of Bega cheese.

#6: Yoder's Canned beef taco meat.
Another top quality Amish product is beef taco meat. Open a can
of Yoder's taco seasoned beef for the whole family. The kids will
be thrilled that when the lights are out you can still serve them a
familiar meal. Yoder's taco meat is as good for emergencies as it
is for everyday food storage.

#7: Ready to eat meals.
When you're in a survival situation, the last thing you will want to
do in the first few days is to cook. That's why it's important to
stock ready to eat meals.

Suggestions for ready-to-eat meals include:

#8: Almost ready to eat meals.
Sometimes you just need a little help with canned food. Pour the
canned food over pasta or a side of rice, and you have a meal!
Bread or crackers can also help complete your canned meal.

Here are some ideas.

Mind you,
rice and beans, when cooked together, form a complete
protein and the combination will ensure brain and muscle
functioning to meet survival needs; however, having comfort
foods and foods that are as close as possible to what you were
eating before the catastrophe will give you a boost in morale.
This is a psychological edge that's very easy to attain with

Did you know you can eat canned food right out of the can? You
can also cook in the can to save precious water for cleanup! Just
remove label before you heat. If you're amassing cans as part of
your strategy, here is the best canned food for prepping list.

#9 Try Canned desserts.
Try Canned desserts can add variety to your meals and here are
some to try:

  • Ambrosia Canned Custard is an English tradition. Give it a
    sample if you like pudding.

  • Try Almond paste if you like the taste of marzipan.

  • Canned applesauce has other varieties. Look for applesauce
    combined with apricot!

  • In addition to canned pumpkin for a pumpkin pie, be sure to
    add a sweet potato puree

  • Canned fruits are excellent pie fillings. Go beyond your usual
    favorites: think blueberry, or pineapples for a pineapple
    upside-down cake.

How to Fight Food Boredom  
To fight food fatique, here are some ideas:

  • Try before you buy! The ultimate prepper rule is only buy
    shelf-stable foods you will actually eat. Just about every
    prepper has jumped the gun a bit and purchased food they
    don't really like, and then they learned the expensive way.
    It's important to try a sample before you buy a case.
    Experiment with food storage and then stock up when you
    find a can that becomes a family favorite.  

  • Create new recipes. Hawaii cooks with SPAM! SPAM is a
    delight for SPAM lovers looking for a taste of the island.

  • Combine cans. Create "bunker stew" like Doomsday Prepper
    Allen Sostrin, by combining your five favorite cans into one
    satisfying new combination. Make a three or four bean salad
    by opening up a variety of cans and adding your own
    seasonings. Make your chili a little different than you made
    it the last time: add corn to it or macaroni to make a chili

  • Add condiments and food extenders. Think about what
    you'd serve with that can of  tuna! Stock up on macaroni and
    cheese in boxes (and the freeze dried varieties if your family
    should accidentally eat them all). Pasta sauces will help your
    stockpile of spaghetti noodles, but try new sauces, like a
    canned clam sauce!  Canned Desserts

How to store and sort your cans

  • Strategy: Have a food storage strategy for your canned
    goods: including proper labeling, stacking, stock rotation, a
    bartering supply, and redundancy. Your food should have
    multiple locations also because you never know how disaster
    might compromise your reserves whether it's vermin, looters,
    building collapse, flood or other catastrophe. Redundancy is
    okay. In fact, it's better to have too much than too little!

  • Expiration dates: Consider expiration dates. Know that
    canned foods from the store generally have a two year shelf
    life; some more, some less, but generally cans you buy from
    food distribution centers that will last two years from the
    date of purchase. The shelf life has more to do with the
    flavor and consistency than anything else. Canned food is
    actually commercially sterile and can last well beyond the
    date if it's intact and not dented nor bulging. Not that you'd
    want to eat your canned goods 25 years after the expiration
    date, but it's good to know that you could eat the contents
    of the can if it has not been compromised (swollen, dented
    or corroded)!

  • Stock up on canned liquids. Look for water packed canned
    goods with high liquid content, such as soups, broths,
    condensed milk and coconut milk.

  • Stockpile drinks. Pack canned beverages, such as
    seltzer water and also pineapple juice. Stash special
    drinks for family members to improve their morale! A
    root beer can go a long way to calm a child, and
    provides the added boost of sugar for energy. Here's
    more on the eight kinds of drinks to stockpile.

  • Look for liquids. Save liquids included with canned
    foods that you'd ordinarily dump, such as the water with
    beans or syrups included with fruit because they could
    be your lifeline for essential hydration.

  • Steer clear of the garage. It may be tempting, but never
    store cans in a damp basement or garage, which can cause
    the cans to rust. Store canned goods at 75° or below, in a
    dark and dry place. If you live in Arizona and the air
    conditioner goes off, store your cans in the coolest place

  • Store cans in a protected area. There's no use storing your
    cans in the garage near the bags of rice, which will attract
    mice. Rodent droppings on your cans is a serious health
    issue. Always wash cans before opening them.

  • Rotate the can itself. Consider storing your cans like fine
    wine, horizontally not vertically in large sealed. One
    resourceful budget friendly idea, is to recycle soda can
    cartons to accommodate your canned goods.

  • Beware of damaged cans. FEMA advises to "Throw out
    canned goods that become swollen, dented, or corroded."
    These kinds of cans may cause botulism.


  • Organize your cans by categories. It's easier to find your
    cans if you stock them by category, such as meats, veggies,
    fruits, soups. This will enable you to quickly find what you
    need in an emergency.

  • Date your cans. Use a Sharpie marker to date cans in your
    own larger print. This will enhance your storage system by
    making it easier to see and sort. Sort cans by dates, so that
    you first use the items about to expire before you dig into
    rations for later dates. Consider buying a can storage system
    that enables you to rotate your stock.

A Word about Sodium Content:
Check the sodium content of your canned goods. Salty foods
increase your thirst, and extra thirst threatens your water supply
by depleting it faster than if you had low sodium goods. Donate
the foods with high sodium to food banks, and find alternative
canned products.

Manual can openers:
Many Americans have electric can openers, which won't do any
good if the grid goes down. Stock up on them because can opener
may be an excellent bartering tool! Get extra manual can openers
and store your canned goods with them at every location. You
don't want to be in a situation where you have all this wonderful
supply of food and no way to open the cans.

Happy endings...
Bread in a can? Butter in a can? Bacon in a can? Canned
hamburger meat? Yes, it's all available! In uncertain times,
having a variety of foods will give your family a gourmet edge on
survival. Well fed, your family will be better able to deal with the
gravity of the situation and will fare better than others who are
not prepared or to those who've simply stocked rice and beans.

Another good reason to stock up on cans is because of Botulism
risks in home canning certain foods like butter!
Learn about the
risks of botulism.

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What canned foods should you store?
Get your prepper's pantry stocked and ready for the winter so that
you can weather the storm and be ready for an emergency. Be
sure to
stock a variety of foods in the prepper's pantry, including
cans. Storing canned foods is important, but it's imperative to
only store the foods that your family will eat and rotate in two
years or less.

How long you store canned food and what kinds of foods you
store is up to you, but one thing's for sure. You need to rotate it
and a canned food storage rack can help, but you can set up a
rotation system by building on your own.

Stock your preppers pantry with the best of the best! Below is a
list of the best canned foods for survival to get you started...

Best Canned Foods for Survival
What are the best canned foods to store and how long should you
store your cans? Canned meats, canned fruits and vegetables,
broths and soups ~ there are many kinds of canned foods you can
stockpile in the preppers pantry. Your first consideration should
be to store variety of the food groups, but only to store foods you

#1: Yoder's Bacon in a can.
Of all the canned food suggestions, canned bacon is the most fun!
Did somebody say bacon? We sure did! Of the canned meat
options, including canned bacon, canned ham and canned
hamburger, easily the canned bacon is a favorite.

Truly it's a prepper's miracle to put bacon in a can. With smoky
flavor and a long shelf life, you'll be glad to have this canned
bacon in your pantry. You get about 40 slices per can of fully
cooked bacon, pre-drained of fat. This stuff has a 10 year shelf
life and is ready to use with eggs, on a sandwich or straight from
the can as a snack.

#2: Butter in a can.
No way! They make butter in a can? Yes! Emergency canned
butter by Red Feather, includes
24 cans of creamy butter (not
that powdered stuff). Imported from New Zealand with an
indefinite shelf life, the ingredients are simply pasteurized cream
and salt. That's it! Each can contains 12 oz of butter - which
works out to three traditional sticks of butter. You'll also find
butter powder, below. Butter powder is an easy way to add the
extra rich taste of butter without any added fat or calories. Want
bread with that butter, read on to the third happiest canned item
to pack.

#3: Canned bread: B&M Brown Bread.
A classic New England taste, Brown bread in a can is a New
England favorite! The tradition is to serve canned brown bread,
such as the
B&M brown bread, with an can of pork and beans.
B&M brown bread has a base of molasses.

There are two varieties. Also available with raisins, you'll find
B&M Brown bread in a can in the upper left hand of the page.
Brown bread in a can is a New England favorite! The tradition is
to serve canned brown bread, such as the B&M brown bread, with
an can of pork and beans. B&M brown bread has a base of
molasses. There are two varieties.
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