9 Survival Food Items That Will Outlast The Apocalypse

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Pick these survival food items before SHTF and last the apocalypse with the best emergency food supply!

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The Best Survival Food Items to Stock Up Before SHTF

Long-Term Food Storage Quick Reference

MREs, freeze-dried, dehydrated food, and other types of survival food to have in a 25-year emergency food supply. However, there are a few survival foods you can pick up at the local grocery store today that won't cost you an arm and a leg while being shelf-stable.

What is MRE? This stands for Meal, Ready to Eat. The MRE is a self-contained meal.

Check out this condensed version of our list of the top nine survival food items or “forever foods” you need to stock up on NOW. These types of survival food items last years, decades, or even longer − and if you don't start stocking up on them now, you'll be SOL after TSHTF:

1. Honey

Jar of honey with honeycomb | Survival Food Items That Will Outlast The Apocalypse

Honey is essential for survival. It has been discovered, still edible, in the tombs buried deep inside the ancient Egyptian pyramids! It never turns or goes rancid, but it may crystallize over time.

This is when people typically toss it in the garbage, but that is a HUGE mistake. All you have to do is warm it and stir it for a few minutes, and all the crystals will disappear.

Benefits of Honey

Honey has a lot of benefits to be taken advantage of. It is a fantastic sugar source for a quick boost of energy, tastes fantastic in a cup of tea, and has a ton of other benefits to keeping it around!

2. Salt

Salt | Survival Food Items That Will Outlast The Apocalypse

Salt is a mineral which never goes bad and has always been an incredibly valuable resource. At one point, it was even thought to be used as a form of currency!

Long Shelf Life

Whether it’s sea salt or ordinary table salt, it has an indefinite shelf life. The only caveat to this is seasoning salt, which has a shelf life of around a year (which is still pretty good, so if you have space in your pantry, by all means, store it).

Nutritional Value

After a crisis, adding a pinch of salt to your meals does much more than boosting the flavor of bland and tasteless survival food.

It also adds sodium (an electrolyte that you absolutely need) back into your diet. Without these electrolytes, your body can't function properly, so be sure to stock up!

3. Rice

Rice in paper bag | Survival Food Items That Will Outlast The Apocalypse

Rice is highly versatile and filling. I can't tell you how many meals I've prepped that consisted of more rice and gravy than meat.

White rice is incredibly cheap and, as long as you keep pests away from it, it's a great survival food which should last a very long time. Make sure you only store white rice as brown rice contains a good amount of oils in the grain and goes rancid after only a few months.

4. Cornstarch

Cornstarch on the wooden table | Survival Food Items That Will Outlast The Apocalypse

Corn starch is a great thickening agent, but making a good gravy or thick roux aren't the only things cornstarch is good for! It also has many other ingenious uses, such as soothing sunburns and diaper rash, and even post-SHTF pest control!

Storing Cornstarch

Be sure to reseal the cornstarch after each use to keep it from getting contaminated with moisture. Cornstarch must stay dry in order for this survival food to have a longer shelf life!

5. White Vinegar

White vinegar on the wooden table | Survival Food Items That Will Outlast The Apocalypse

Marinades and salad dressings are made tastier with vinegar, but there are lots of practical uses for vinegar as well. Not only is it useful after a crisis, but it can also save you big bucks at the grocery store every day!

Most people know you can cook with it, and you can clean with it, but there are a few other surprising uses for vinegar you might never have thought of.

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6. Sugar

Brown and white sugar | Survival Food Items That Will Outlast The Apocalypse

Brown, white, and even powdered sugar all last indefinitely. While sugar does harden over time, all you need to do is knead it to break up the chunks.

Just like with rice, make sure you keep it away from pests (they want it more than people do). With proper storage, sugar can last a long time.

Benefits of Sugar

Just like with salt, this will both be useful to you as a food source and a bartering resource in a post-SHTF economy.

People are addicted to sugar, and if you have enough of it when no one else does, you can get anything you want. This makes it an ideal survival food.

7. Liquor

Different kind of liquor | Survival Food Items That Will Outlast The Apocalypse

Aside from its obvious “calming” properties, you can use liquor for many purposes. You can even use it as a fire starter, since anything over 40 proof will take a spark easily.

Liquor can also be a major bartering chip. Many people after a crisis will be looking for a way to escape and relax, and if you can give that to them, you've got the upper hand!

8. Vanilla Extract

Bottle with aromatic extract and dry vanilla beans on table | Survival Food Items That Will Outlast The Apocalypse

Real, pure vanilla extract is highly valuable and will last forever. Not only does it not expire, but pure vanilla extract, just like fine wine, actually improves with time.

It’s more expensive than imitation vanilla, but if you can, go ahead and spring for it. You will be happy you did after a crisis.

Just be sure to reseal it when you’re done. If you’re not too fond of purchasing this pricey survival food, you can also make your own vanilla extract.

9. Maple Syrup

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This one gets huge points for flavor and variety. Maple syrup isn't just limited to pancakes. You can add this to a wide range of different survival foods for some great added flavor.

Make Maple Syrup at Home

You can even make your own maple syrup from maple tree sap. It takes about an hour a gallon, but it's well worth the effort and your budget!

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The claims of 25-year shelf life are based on your stockpile being kept at “optimum conditions,” but let's face it, in any crisis, optimum conditions are an absolute fantasy.

These common household ingredients will have a long shelf life in any survival food storage. So skip the commercialized survival food bars and add these to your long-term food storage list!

What’s on your survival food supply list? Do you have your go-to wise food storage plan? Share your thoughts and experience in the comments section below!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on June 21, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

20 Responses to :
9 Survival Food Items That Will Outlast The Apocalypse

  1. Joanne says:

    1. I’m a big fan of maple syrup and use it sparingly but exclusively for sweetening anything.
    2. Salt – do some research at http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/dangers-of-salt/
    3.Honey – excellent
    4.Rice – good but again do your research – much of the rice grown in this country is tainted with arsenic left in the soil where cotton used to be grown – brown and white. In addition I notice the product being shown is a Walmart brand – just not my favorite place to source foods for long term storage or to eat now for that matter.
    5.Cornstarch – look for non-GMO/organic
    6.Refined Sugar – waste of space and health
    May I add – are we doing a Walmart commercial here?
    7.Vanilla – nice but seriously not necessary for survival.
    8.Vinegar – many good uses but only if you get vinegar with “the mother” in it (Bragg’s)
    9.Liquor for survival? Many better things can be used instead for everything mentioned.

    1. Grace says:

      Joanne, come on seriously? Did you read everything in its entirety? This is 9 things that last indefinitely. Plus for long term survival, vanilla and liquor will be great things to barter with for things you might have ran out of or forgotten. Also, let’s talk about some comforts! Some people actually will need those things to survive, to not give up. Unfortunately this is why our great society is falling apart and why we need sites like this to prepare for the end. No one has simple common sense or respect anymore. No one says you have to agree with everything people say, we are entitled to our opinions, but if you would have followed simple etiquette, I would not be responding to your comments in this manner. And there is also a line we were all taught in kindergarten that I think fits appropriately here! If you don’t have something nice to say, then don’t say anything at all!
      Sry for the rant, but I find this site extremely helpful and I always read all the comments too! I’m sick and tired of people posting things that are disrespectful or irrelevant. I apologize if I have offended you or anyone else, for that is not my intentions.

      1. Carol says:

        Grace: Well said and I think that you proved your name!

  2. Paula harris says:

    If you ever get a chance to go to your states disaster preparedness simenars you should go! While there I found myself taking on three rolls. Home, work, and cummunity roles, I fit into all three I realized then that “it’s not a matter of if, but a matter of when a survival situation is going to happen! I want to be ready for my self, my family, my clients, and my cummunity!

  3. Carole says:

    Keep me. Informed

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