How To Build An Emergency Food Supply

How To Build An Emergency Food Supply

Establishing an effective emergency food supply requires careful planning and consideration of various factors. This post delves into common mistakes to avoid, provides a comprehensive list of essential survival foods and items, and offers guidance on quantities for a well-prepared food stockpile.

Whether you are a seasoned prepper or a beginner, understanding what to include in your emergency food supply and how to maintain it is essential for your overall preparedness.

What Not To Do:

Before delving into what to include in your emergency food supply, it's crucial to highlight common mistakes to avoid. This section helps you navigate potential pitfalls, ensuring that your efforts in building a food reserve are efficient and effective.

Survival Foods/Items To Have:

1. Survival Food that Adds Flavor & Comfort:

These four foods—salt, sugar (brown or white), raw honey, and alcohol (whiskey, vodka, etc.)—can be stored for over 10 years, adding both flavor and comfort to your cooking if stored properly.


2. Hard Grains:

Stored properly, hard grains such as buckwheat, dry corn, kamut, hard red wheat, soft white wheat, millet, durum wheat, and spelt have a shelf life of around 10-12 years.


3. Soft Grains:

Soft grains like barley, oat groats, quinoa, and rye can last around 8 years at 70 degrees when sealed without oxygen.


4. Beans:

Sealed and kept away from oxygen, beans including pinto beans, kidney beans, lentils, lima beans, adzuki beans, garbanzo beans, mung beans, black turtle beans, and blackeye beans can last for around 8-10 years.


5. Flours and Mixes and Pastas:

All-purpose flour, white flour, whole wheat flour, cornmeal, pasta, and white rice (up to 10 years) fall into this category with a shelf life of 5-8 years.

6. Oils:

Coconut oil, with one of the longest shelf lives among oils, can last for over 2 years and is a valuable addition to your survival food supply list.


7. Other Good Survival Foods:

Canned tuna, canned meats, canned vegetables & fruits, peanut butter, coffee, tea, ramen noodles, hard candy, powdered milk, and dried herbs and spices offer 2-5 years of shelf life.

8. Items That Can Be Used for More Than Cooking:

Apple cider vinegar (cleaning, cooking, antibiotic properties), baking soda (cleaning, cooking), and honey (antibiotic properties and wound healing) are versatile additions to your emergency supplies.

Non-Food Items to Stock Up On:

Apart from food, non-food items play a crucial role in your emergency preparedness. Stocking up on items like bic lighters, toilet paper, soaps, bottled water, vitamins, medicines, bandages, peroxide, lighter fluid, canning supplies, and charcoal ensures a holistic approach to survival.

Stocking Up: How Much To Have

This section provides guidance on quantities for a well-rounded emergency food supply, taking into account factors such as family size, preferences, and potential duration of emergencies.


Building an emergency food supply demands strategic planning and attention to detail. By avoiding common mistakes, stocking up on essential survival foods and items, and understanding the appropriate quantities, you can fortify your preparedness for unforeseen circumstances. For more tips and in-depth articles on emergency preparedness, explore additional resources on our site. Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below to contribute to the collective knowledge of the prepping community.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Mar 13, 2014 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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8 Responses to :
How To Build An Emergency Food Supply

  1. Jeannette Blair says:

    How to care for our pets, regarding food and water for our dogs, cat and bird. Thank you.

  2. gary swanson says:

    Need Moore info

  3. randall noll says:

    always good information to see these kinds of lists/foods for long term storage. keep em comming

  4. Mike Well says:

    It is very efficient information that how to make emergency food.I can take chance of my life but not of my family.So i always prefer MRE or emergency food wherever we are going. So this blog is terrifically help me to make Emergency food at home.If this blog would not help me i will really call for emergency food supply store

  5. jim says:

    I was told that the bic co. was a staunch anti gun proponent.
    if that is true perhaps another brand lighter would be a better choice

  6. Charlotte Cunningham says:

    Dear Jason,
    Hello from Arizona. My name is Charlotte and I am so worried about this crisis sometimes I can’t sleep. I have a question for you, Well, my daughter was in a car accident on June 9th,2012. She suffered both femurs broke, ribs, both ankles, toes, shattered left arm,took out her spleen,had to repair her insides,she had several strokes from the trauma to her body and she has TBI, traumatic brain injury. She has long and short term memory loss. So, Leah will need years of therapy,surgeries etc… So now if we need to hide out somewhere, were would you recommend I find a spot for safety for my family with Leahs condition? She can walk now but very slow. I need to figure this out for my families safety. We live in Az now around hills and desert. Close to Vegas. Please give me advice as I am trying to prepare. I bought 2 guns, stocking up on some foods. Thank you for all your great survival ideas. You are making a great difference to many normal unrich people like myself and families. God Bless America,and Forever great full. Charlotte

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