Can You Guess the Most Popular Survival Foods?

Some lists of survival foods go on and on, seemingly forever. And it's true that you can freeze-dry just about any food to make it last a long time. 

But I know very few people who have the space necessary to stockpile hundreds of different foods for an emergency. At some point you have to make a decision about what to store and what to ignore.

You'll want to focus first on the foods you and your family enjoy. No sense in stockpiling foods you don't like and may never eat unless you absolutely have to.

But another consideration is what are the most popular survival foods. They're the ones most likely to disappear the quickest immediately following a disaster. So you might want to stock up on some of them, for bartering purposes if nothing else.

11 foods that get grabbed first 

Grains – Wheat, spelt, rye, barley and corn can be soaked, cooked and eaten without grinding into flour. Some can be sprouted to increase nutrition. With a grain mill, you can use them to make bread and tortillas.

Beans – High in nutrients, they provide plenty of protein. This is especially important if you're not eating as much meat as you normally do. Beans and legumes also contain complex carbohydrates and fiber.

Rice – Inexpensive and lasting forever (well, for a long time, anyway), rice is one of the world's chief staples. It might not contain a ton of nutrition, but it's very popular and goes great with just about every meal. 

Freeze-dried & dehydrated vegetables – There is a huge variety of vegetables you can acquire that have been freeze-dried or dehydrated. They last a very long time and the taste will be just about as good as fresh.

Pasta – This has a great shelf life and is found in a wide variety. From spaghetti noodles and fettuccine, to mac & cheese and ribbon pasta for lasagna, to bow tie and stuffed pasta shells, the possibilities are nearly endless.

Peanut butter – It's tough to beat something that tastes great on its own and tastes even better when it's spread on something like healthy crackers or bread. That's what you get with peanut butter, which is also high in protein.

Honey – This is one that a surprisingly low number of people include in their stockpile. But why not? It lasts a very long time and can be used in a wide variety of ways. It's a great, healthy way to sweeten foods. And much better for you than sugar.

Coconut oil – You're going to need oils for cooking, but most oils do not have a very long shelf life. Coconut oil is an exception. It's a very healthy cooking oil and is great to use when frying foods.

Canned soup – Yes, I know that many canned products contain too much sodium. And I'm not encouraging having a ton of canned foods. But sometimes you need something you can eat in a hurry, and canned soup fits the bill.

Canned tuna – As long as we're on the subject of canned food, tuna is one that has plenty of protein and a very good shelf life for something in the meat category. Not to mention that it's very tasty.

Coffee – I had to add this one. In addition to helping you stay awake in a survival situation, coffee will be a great bartering tool during a crisis. It also can benefit you psychologically, especially if you're used to drinking it every day. 

Lumberjack Survival Food Kit

While we're on the subject of popular survival foods, I'd like to tell you about one of our customer favorites. It's the Lumberjack Survival Food Kit from 4Patriots. 

Every kit is loaded with our best-selling and most requested entrees. And it's specially designed for folks who have a lumberjack-sized appetite.

It features some of our most delicious foods. Including Cowboy Rice & Beans and Nonna's Best Lasagna-Style Marinara. Plus Hearty Stroganoff and America's Finest Mac & Cheese. Just to name a few.    

Knowing you have 80 servings of great food designed to last 25 years will give you peace of mind. It all comes in disaster-resistant packaging.

And if you stock up, you also get four free gifts including 34 servings of our Freeze-Dried Chicken. Toss in our 100% money-back satisfaction guarantee and you can't lose. 

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  • Lisa - October 06, 2022

    I would try freezing the crackers inside plastic containers to provide crush protection and another layer of air barrier. I have been freezing more in addition to my freeze-dried stock. I recently put 2 loaves of bread in a large plastic food storage container, and in a few weeks I will see if it has fared better than bread without a plastic container. I think the problem with crackers and such going rancid is just exposure to air, since factory packages aren’t necessarily thick enough or absolutely air-tight. Just try it, and see in a few months or whatever time.

  • Andrea - October 06, 2022

    Canned salmon (wild caught) is also an excellent protein choice. The “best buy” dates are often 4 or 5 years out, too, which is a real plus.

  • Kelley Bishop - October 05, 2022

    How do you stock up on Saltine Crackers?
    I haven’t tried vacuum sealing them yet but they go rancid in months.
    Yes, I rotate my stock. There is nothing worse than rancid crackers.
    I know, if you’re hungry they might not taste that bad but, I’d like to
    know if there is a solution. Possibly vacuum seal with a desiccant pack?

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