Top Survival Food You Must Store When SHTF For Prepping And Survival

Top Survival Foods You Must Store
When SHTF For Prepping And Survival

 My list of top survival food you must stockpile and store before the SHTF.

Also bear in mind the fact that your food stockpile is not all about waiting for the SHTF - no way. In fact a good food storage system will cover several bases all at once.
I was recently on a radio talk show and the host asked me 'whats your concerns, whats disaster are you prepping for?'

My reply completely shocked him..!
At the moment I'm prepping for the possibility of loosing my job. 

"What do you mean", he said? He was very confused indeed - only thinking that prepping is all about learning to hide out in the woods and hunt down your food, sneaking into disaster areas and other James Bond style antics.

Part of my prepping is for the very real possibility of loosing my job.
As such I'm building up a food store. 

With a good back up supply of sensible long life, nutritious foods, enough to last me a few months, I have no need to spend any money on food, especially if it takes a while to get a new job.
He now sees prepping in a completely different light!

In effect this is more of a back up of my back up plan. 
My 'real' food storage still consists of much the same foods and I have narrowed it down to a few of the essentials that I think we should all have.

There are always certain criteria you must follow to get the most bang for you buck, as its no good buying any old foods that shrivel up and die within days.

Non Perishable Foods Are The Key To A Preppers Food Store

It is essential to balance high quality foods with costs and the nutritional return you are getting from them.

If the food offers good value for money, the only other concern is its shelf life.

Fortunately choosing good nutritional value foods, with high calories and long shelf life, within an economic price range is not as difficult as you may think. 

Another important consideration for you food storage is whether this is food storage for hunkering down or bugout?

If it's for bugout, the weight becomes a very important factor - I say this because tinned food is a good solid food source, offering nutrition, shelf life and value. But carrying a dozen tins in your bugout bag is definitely a no no.

So, for this exercise, the following list of foods is based on a hunker down survival scenario where the actual food weight is not that important.

Top Survival Foods You Must Store 
When SHTF For Prepping And Survival

White, wild, arborio, jasmine or basmati

White, Wild, Arborio, Jasmine and Basmati Rice are the best types of rice to store, offering a pretty much indefinite shelf life when stored correctly.

Brown rice is an exception to this - and will only give you a six month shelf life.
This is due to the high oil content which will speed up the rate at which it goes rancid.

Rice offers a very good 'filler food', which is high in energy giving carbohydrates, with the advantage of proportional high protein as well.

I buy my rice pre packed, shown here.
For storage this method is ideal as the rice is fully dried and sealed and requires no further action by me other than to store it.

The 5kg pack works out enough to give you a serving of rice each day for one month.
Not a full cup serving, just a bit less, but I base the 5kg pack as being one month supply for one person - you may want more?
Price wise a 5kg pack is below £15, So below 50p per day, per person for one serving. 


This choice may surprise you, but tinned salmon offers all the essential elements of a good survival food.

It is compact and very easy to store, as well as being sealed, requiring you to do nothing other than store it.

Shelf life is anything up to six years and the salmon itself offer very high amounts of quality protein and essential healthy fats.

It is a very good alternative to canned or fresh meats.

It is not, however, a budget item which may well restrict purchasing a good supply.
On average a pack of 12 x 418gram cans will work out at about £4.75 each can,  but one can will esily do two people, maybe more. it is a very good food source offering a high protein content.

Bearing in mind that in a SHTF situation you can expect to be exerting far more energy than usual, so a decent protein intake is essential for muscle recovery and to avoid injury.


  1. Aduki beans
  2. Black beans
  3. Black eyed peas
  4. Butter beans
  5. Cannelloni beans
  6. Edamame (soy beans) buy only organic or you will risk having GMO beans.
  7. Fava beans
  8. Garbanzo beans
  9. Green beans
  10. Kidney beans - ideal for chilli
  11. Lima beans
  12. Lentils
  13. Navy beans 
  14. Pinto beans - staple for chilli
  15. Red beans
  16. White beans

Another long life, high protein food that is easy to store - although good preparation is essential to avoid spoilage and wastage.

The dried bean is a very versatile food source. It can be used to mix with all other foods, offering you a more bulky and filling meal.

Dried beans provide an excellent source of good, high fibre nutrition including protein, as well as a source of iron, magnesium and zinc.

They are well known to reduce levels of cholesterol and also provide you with a good source of antioxidants
This is exactly what you want when food is scarce.
The bean can be utilised to produce other stable foods as well - grinding beans into a flour gives the basis for making bread, with some dried milk powder, a little sugar and salt, you have a good bannock bread mix.

Another good point about storing beans is the cost - they work out a cheap and cost effective food source.

A 5kg bag of dried beans will give you 10+ servings - with the average bag size of 5kg, so that's 50 servings per bag and will cost around £15.
Making each meal cost only 30p each - great value eh..!

The cost can be brought down even more if you buy in larger bulk.


Canned foods is a very important addition to your survival food store because there is so much variety to choose from.

The manufacturers stated use by date is a guide only, and all canned food, when stored correctly, will last for many more years than stamped.

Simply eating only canned foods will give you all the nutrients you need to survive in a SHTF scenario.

Canned vegetables, carrots, corn, tomatoes, potatoes and just about everything else is readily available, and is as fresh as when it was processed and canned, with very little nutritional decrease.

All these foods will give you variety and choice on a daily basis, making survival far more pleasant.


In hard times it is essential to keep your body topped up with all the essential vitamins and minerals to help process what other food you have.

Buying vitamin and mineral supplements is by far one of the easiest and most cost effective ways of  to ensure you can keep your health levels up and are very easy to store.

Costs are good for a quality pack and will set you back litterer pennies each day.

This list is very straightforward to implement as well as being quite cost effective.

By stocking up and storing these foods you will get a very good selection of quality supplies that are easy to store and are good in nutrition. 

Plus they wont take up loads of room.

Acquiring a good store will not take you long either - so don't sit around and think about it, put a small amount of funds to one side and make it happen.

Happy Prepping Folks,

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    • Duncan Forrest on July 14, 2020 at 2:37 pm
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    Great info thanks.



    • Christopher on March 28, 2020 at 4:30 pm
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    So interesting and so easy to do very good information at this difficult time

    • Mad Mike from Milltown on March 18, 2020 at 4:57 pm
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    Greetings…… All the hyperlinks for the food available at Amazon above are currently SOLD OUT 18th March 2020….

    I can trade 1 toilet roll for a tin of SPAM 🙂

    • Ken on March 18, 2020 at 4:10 am
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    For food stockpiling, nutrient density , shelf life, and no cooking are essential. If shtf and no electricity or gas then what? First think macros: protein, fat and carbohydrate. Your body must have protein and fat, your liver will make glucose ,the ultimate digestion goal of all carbs . So the first on my list is corned beef, after that high fat and carb biscuits like chocolate hobnobs.

      • Carl Hunter on April 16, 2020 at 7:58 am
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      You don’t need gas or electric to cook rice, a basic understanding of how to make a fire will suffice to boil/fry even oven cook your food.

      Rice is a staple carb source, as is pasta, rice preserves better IMO, and is easier to store.

      Also – spending £15 on 5kg of rice is about 3x more than you should be spending. Part of prepping is about making the most of your resources – and getting everything from Amazon certainly won’t make the most of your money. The Author links to Amazon because it’s easy – not because it’s the best, also it’s easy to monetize you clicking through to buy expensive rice.

      I pride myself on always having enough food for my family to survive a few months. It doesn’t take much work to do, just a bit of research initially.

      Helpful article, thanks.

    • Jack Denham on March 17, 2020 at 2:02 pm
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    So are people still laughing at preppers or have they just discovered the reason that some of us prepare for?

      • Gary on May 17, 2020 at 10:52 pm
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      They’ll be the one’s that bought all the toilet rolls after they crapped themselves.

    • philip craig on February 28, 2020 at 5:40 pm
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    Great list but really surprised there was no mention of dried pasta or noodles , great shelf life , mixed types and easy and light to store . just a thought . or are they in the bug out gear ? all the best .

    • Daniel Collins on December 5, 2018 at 10:02 pm
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    Where is the best place to buy food from?

    • JonQ on June 11, 2018 at 4:54 pm
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    Any chance you could further expand on how you actually store the goods? The rice one is nice an easy as its packaged in a plastic jar which is quite hardy.

    How do you store the beans etc? I assume they are not just on the shelf in their plastic bag? Do you keep the bags inside a plastic storage box etc?

    I’m probably overthinking but assume you can’t just leave these goods on a shelf for several years??

    I’d like to build a store of good that I may not rotate but have for an emergency.

    Thanks in advance

    • HaddenB on July 13, 2017 at 4:17 pm
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    There’s lot of food out there that can be kept for quite a while, most off the shelf foodstuffs apparently (even though they have a use by date) can go on longer than their shelf life suggests even by a week or 2, rice is always a good one, and dried produce as well and sometimes I buy MRE’s from the local market (which have usually a couple of years life left to them), and I recently tried my hand at making some Pemmican, and to be honest its not all that difficult. Messy but not difficult. There’s loads of recipes, and variations on peoples own attempts, my first go ended up with a blister on my finger from cutting the meat and fat. One piece of advice though is something I didn’t really do, don’t get lazy and start cutting the meat and fat slightly thicker in order to save time, make sure you do cut it thin. and always check the rendering fat.
    The results weren’t too bad either, kind of tastes like ‘Burnt End’ beef that you used to get on a Sunday dinner, although mine had blueberries in it, it wasn’t all that fatty tasting either.

    • Malcolm Rowe on July 2, 2017 at 10:59 am
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    I don’t know where you buy your rice from but I go to an Asian store not too far away and can buy Broken jasmine rice for around £6 for a 5kg bag, it’s a plastic sealed bag so it’s airtight, they have a lot of imported foods and very cheap too.

    • Diana on April 16, 2017 at 11:07 pm
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    Store dried peas instead of beans; if water is short, they can be cooked in their soaking water; if fuel is short they can be eaten without cooking, after soaking 12-16 hours. They have similar protein and vitamin content to beans, and make a great soup very easily, especially if you add a stock cube!

  1. We store wheat berries..grain to you…..unlike flour it can be stored indefinitely and we grind flour as we need it…..Cost from a farmer…about 10 p a kilo…

    • ste31 on January 21, 2017 at 8:49 pm
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    Ste3I 1 here rice stored corectly in a air sealed jar can last for up to ten years

    • Mark Smith on January 6, 2017 at 8:31 pm
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    what would be the ideal store area? obviously dry but temperature wise? humidity?

    • Tarina LA~Rue Buckley on January 4, 2017 at 10:45 pm
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    I didn’t know Brown rice (my favourite) has such a short shelf life. Thanks for the info ☺

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