Canned Food Suggestions For Your Prepper Stockpile

Ready To Eat Canned Food Suggestions For Your Prepper Stockpile

Most of us accept that emergency and disasters can easily lead to the disruption of the food chain. Either on a temporary basis or for a longer term. When this happens it won’t take long before local stores supplies are depleted and you have to become self-reliant. This article takes a look at some canned food suggestions for your prepper stockpile.

Even if your able to grow and prepare your own survival food supplies it still makes sense to stockpile some canned foods. When planning to stockpile canned foods the first question that springs to mind is what canned foods have the best shelf life?

Whilst this is an important factor when considering what to stockpile, this article will also focus on variety and balanced nutrition.

Just because you are in an emergency situation and reliant on your stockpiled food supplies doesn’t mean you can’t have a little variety in your supplies. Whilst at the same time stocking some items that will give you the vitamins and energy that you need to keep you going.

Canned goods, on the whole, tend to be inexpensive and are practical because in an emergency they can be eaten straight out of the can either hot or cold. Some will have ring pulls for convenience and even if they don’t a simple can opener is all you need in an emergency.

Although it’s also a good idea to have some basic cooking equipment in your kit along with a means of heating up the contents of the can.

Also, consider having a knife and some compact cutlery.

The canned foods that you decide to stockpile will differ depending on your personal taste. Below is a list of canned food suggestions for your prepper stockpile that are worthy of consideration.

Canned Food Suggestions For Your

Prepper Stockpile

Canned Fish

Fish products are a great item to stock up on and the health benefits of eating fish as part of a balanced diet are well reported. These health benefits include a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, dementia, obesity, and arthritis. Fish is also a great source of protein and minerals like zinc, selenium, and vitamin D. They also contain omega 3, calcium and iron.

  • Mackerel
  • Sardines
  • Tuna
  • Salmon

Canned Meat

Although you can’t beat fresh meat, as mentioned earlier once grocery stores supplies have been depleted processed canned meats are a good substitute and source of protein in an emergency situation.

  • Ham
  • Spam
  • Chicken
  • Chilli
  • Beef
  • Pulled Pork

Canned Vegetables

To make sure you continue to have a balanced diet in an emergency situation you should consider stocking up on canned vegetables. Doing so will ensure you are getting the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants you need.

Take baked beans, for example, low in cost but high in nutritional benefits. Baked beans are rich in complex carbs like breads and starches. They also contain plenty of protein and have minimal fat and are cholesterol-free.

  • Baked Beans
  • Carrots
  • Corn
  • Green Beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Peas

Canned Fruit

Canned fruit is another item to consider if you’re looking to achieve a varied balanced diet. Believe it or not, canned fruit can often retain more nutrients than fresh fruit.

This is because it’s picked and processed straight away when fully ripe. Whereas often fresh fruit has to travel large distances to reach local stores, then sits on the shelf until purchased. If stored incorrectly during this time valuable nutrients could be lost.

Canned fruit is a great source of vitamins such as A, B & C it also contains potassium. ideally, choose canned fruit that is in its own juice or water. This will avoid too much sugar that is contained in the syrup versions.

  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Pineapple
  • Cherries
  • Fruit Cocktail
  • Apple Slices

Canned Food Shelf Life Considerations

When it comes to the shelf life of canned foods the answers you will find out there will vary. Sometimes ranging from 6 months to 10 Years. To break this down for you the first consideration is the manufacturers recommended expiration date and these rarely exceed 1 to 2 years.

Although it is possible for these products to last a lot longer, this will very much depend on where and how they have been stored. As with all foods, the temperature and storage conditions will play a major part in how long your canned food will last.

Its natural to seek out and stockpile those canned foods that will last the longest but I tend to look at it from a different angle. As far as I’m concerned I am prepping for both short term and long term emergencies, I am also prepping on a budget so I place much more focus on rotating my supplies and using them in daily life. Eating what is about to expire and replacing it.

I’m aware that if the SHTF longer shelf life products could be of benefit however if I have to permanently get out of dodge there’s only so much canned food I’m going to be able to carry. If I get to stay in situ Ill take my chances by opening up the cans and using whats good ditching whats not.

Canned Food Suggestions For Your Prepper Stockpile Conclusion

The types and amount of canned food that you choose to stockpile for your prepper supplies will be up to you. Your decision will be most likely based on the following:

The number of people you are prepping for

The amount of time you want your supplies to last

Personal taste

Shelf life

Your budget

The amount of storage space available to you


Whatever you choose to stockpile always remember to store enough for the number of people you are providing for. Keep an inventory of your supplies using, rotating and replacing any that are nearing there expiration date. Do some research on the best storage conditions for all of your food and water supplies.

Finally, remember that canned food is only one way to prepare for providing sustenance in an emergency. Try to add more strings to your bow and grow your own food if you can.

Research Credits & Related Links

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2 thoughts on “Canned Food Suggestions For Your Prepper Stockpile”

  1. Liked the info on canned fruit. Never would have guessed that canned fruit could hold such value over fresh! Thanks!

  2. Don’t forget about canned soups. Some of them are pretty well balanced nutritionally and make a tasty lunch in good times or bad. I store a lot of canned soups since I eat them regularly. Chicken noodle, beef stew, clam chowder, etc. Lots of variety so don’t have to eat the same thing over and over.
    And while canned pasta isn’t the best nutritionally speaking, its filling and can be comforting to those who grew up with it. So having a few cans of Chef Boyardee, or whatever you grew up with, is prudent. I buy a bunch every time it goes on sale and donate the stuff I had at home to the food pantry. That way it never gets too old even though I only eat a couple of cans a month under normal circumstances.

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