What Are the Most Popular Survival Foods?

Have you ever seen lists of survival foods that go on and on? 

Some of them contain practically every food you've ever heard of. As long as they're dehydrated or freeze-dried, they should last a long time. But who has room to stockpile 100 different types of food for an emergency?

I was curious about what the most popular survival foods are. So I researched a few lists. Most of them were no surprise. But a couple caught my eye.

Today I want to let you know what I discovered. You may already have most of these in your stockpile. But it's good to know which are the most popular. Even if you don't care for some of them, they'll make great barter material if it comes to that.

10 nearly everyone loves

In no particular order, here are 10 popular survival foods. 

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 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 you should definitely include in your stockpile. 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.

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 has 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. 

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  • Amy - October 03, 2023

    Peanut butter has a short shelf life due to its fat content.

  • Ralph - June 24, 2022

    Canned salmon is another good one. It’s got a decent shelf life, larger can than tuna, excellent nutrition, pre cooked. I make both salmon patties (fried) and salmon loaf (think meatloaf but salmon substituted for the ground beef).
    Another class of items I keep on hand (and use constantly anyway) are various spices. Talk about a real morale booster (ask just about any GI who was in the first Gulf War if they appreciated it when the manufacturer started putting the little bottles of cayenne pepper sauce in every MRE). Anyway, if you decide to get some of your favorite spices to stockpile, get whole seed, not powdered or ground; the shelf life of whole seed spices is MUCH longer than the ground variety.

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