22 Emergency Foods to Stock Up On Today


I received this comment on one of the posts on my facebook fan page (Join over 7000 fans!) about a week or so ago from Esther.

Blog post idea?!?? Top ten primal foods to stock up on for emergencies. The ecomony is crap, you live in MI so you know but what shelf stable foods would you stock up on if you had some extra cash? We are thinking of hoarding up a little food, the hubby does concrete and winter is a coming. Also we have nut and coconut allergies- any ideas? Thanks!

I know of just the foods for this type of situation. Instead of only 10 foods I feel like listing 22. I have a lot to say about most of the following foods and will thus publish posts in the future explaining the reasoning for my selection.

Esther says that she has coconut and nut allergies. Well, nuts are problematic for most of us just like grains are. I will suggest certain nuts and will also suggest a couple coconut products. She requested 10 foods but I am going to reveal 22.

Animal Foods

  1. Wild Planet Wild Albacore Tuna
  2. Wild Planet Wild Alaskan Salmon
  3. Wild Planet Wild Sardines in Olive Oil, Lightly Smoked
  4. Canned Chicken from Costco
  5. Eggs (they can sit out at room temp for a couple weeks or more)
  6. Beef Jerky (make your own from ground beef – it lasts for weeks!)
  7. Butter (this can sit out at room temp!)

Plant Foods

  1. Bob’s Red Mill Flaked Coconut
  2. Coconut Oil
  3. Bananas (portable potassium)
  4. Avocados
  5. Macadamias
  6. Pistachios
  7. Cashews
  8. Almonds
  9. Tomato Paste
  10. Canned Greens or Spinach Powder
  11. Canned Vegetables such as Green Beans
  12. Dehydrated Fruits & Veggies (make your own with this dehydrator!)
  13. Coconut Water (stay hydrated with electrolytes!)
  14. Baby Carrots
  15. Endangered Species, Black Panther Extreme Dark Chocolate (88%)

That is a lot of food. Food that is paleo approved. I could live on these foods for the rest of my life and have a riot. People will dismiss all the canned goods. This post is for times when you are in emergencies folks!

These foods are perfect for traveling too! They are extremely portable and extremely nutritious. You can not go wrong. Many of the canned goods are BPA free which means you have zero worry.

I’ll be explaining why I chose these foods in future posts. It’s been a lot of fun thinking about these foods.

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  1. says

    I actually enjoy 100% baking chocolate, and could definitely live off of that for the rest of my life if it contained all the nutrients I needed. :) I would probably add sunflower seeds to the list, for their high vitamin E content, but still would have more volume of vegetables, fruits and fats/protein. Great post!

    • says

      So you are telling me that you could eat 100% dark chocolate and nothing else for years? I want to see a video of you eating an entire 100% dark chocolate bar.

      I love 99% but there is a lot of phytic acid in chocolate. The most I can do at once is 1-2 blocks to not feel ill.

      • says

        I’m another person who loves to eat 100% cocoa (Bakers chocolate). For some reason I find that it tastes delicious, even with no sugar in it. I could easily eat a whole bar in one sitting if I wanted to :)

  2. says

    I recommend a reliable lever action rifle and a garden. Some books on foraging for your area, a stock pile of seeds, and a good amount of water will be necessary for the long haul. In the mean time, start your garden now (even if that is just to prep the soil for next spring) and go hunting in the fall. ;-)

    • says

      I’ve never been hunting but I plan on going this fall in Michigan to kill some deer to bring back to Orlando! I’l for sure start a garden down the road.

  3. says

    Luckily fish like tuna and salmon have become easier to bring and eat on the go such as the sealed packages you mentioned. I would hate to be in a emergency situation with no can opener!

  4. Dana says

    Believe it or not, you can find canned grass-fed beef and also freeze-dried meat through emergency food supply stores online. You can also find canned butter and (if you do cheese) also cheese, and not Velveeta either but real cheddar.

    And, by the way, if you can’t figure out a way to have organ meats on hand, I highly recommend you store either butter or cheese (if you don’t have a casein allergy) and make sure you are dealing with something full-fat and preferably grass-fed. A lot of the canned dairy comes from New Zealand so that should not be a problem. If you just can’t do the dairy then try to find some canned or dried whole fish for *their* organs. Japanese and other Asian groceries often have the itty-bitty dried fish with salt added, available as a snack food. My little girl used to go to town on them and sometimes still eats them. You eat the whole thing, like a potato chip, only fishier.

    I say this because organs and grass-fed dairy are nutritional powerhouses for the fat-soluble vitamins. You don’t want to go short of fat-soluble vitamins, and the plant foods will not cut it. Everything I’ve read says we are poor converters of plant precursors to A and K. I don’t know about E yet. But you will deal better with stress if you have those in your emergency diet than if you go without them. And make *damn* sure you’ve got animal fat to go with them.

    I got interested in this topic a while back because everyone I was reading about emergency preparedness, including the Mormons who are old pros at it, were extolling the virtues of grain and beans and I thought, “Great. Not only would the power be off for months but I’d probably die from diabetes or rupture my insides.” I just had chili with black beans in it 2 days ago and woke up yesterday in pain that lasted intermittently just about all day. Canned beans, mind you, properly prepared, and those are some of the most innocuous of the seed beans from what I understand. Not doing that again.

    They also call for storing vegetable oil. Ew?

  5. says

    Nice list, Toad – happy to hear that butter can sit out at room temperature because I have a nasty secret – I could eat butter with a spoon. I was in Switzerland a few years ago and we ended up at a farm house in the middle of the country for dinner. They naturally served rolls with butter for a starter – because I was primal and didn’t eat the bread I tried the butter after someone mentioned how good it was. Well, apparently they had just churned it out back and it was AMAZING. I have never tasted anything so wonderful before that or since. And I totally ate it with a spoon. I love butter.

  6. Esther says

    Thanks for doing this post I love the ideas!

    I have 40 pounds of home pressure canned grass fed beef so we have a small start. I must look into the Costco canned chicken and canned veggies as these are not in our “normal” diet. I didn’t mention it but we have a handful of kids so the idea of not having healthy food to feed them is unnerving especially during an emergency situation.

    Any thoughts on ghee? It’s a shelf stable fat that our whole family does well with.

    Thanks again!

    • says

      Ghee is great! I do fine with butter which is just about the same stuff. So you can grass fed beef yourself?

  7. Ryan A. says

    At least one person has mentioned canned cheeses and butters here in the comments. I remember seeing canned butter online a couple years back but don’t think it was from grass-fed cows. Does anyone have a solid source that they can recommend? It would be useful, even if we don’t have any emergencies!

  8. Alina says

    Thanks for the post! Can someone tell me a good website where they sell food in bulk? Not prepared food, but items like grains, flour, butter. I’ve bought several items from costco already and I like the fact that a lot of these products have a very long shelf life and come in pails.

    Thanks in advance!

  9. David G says

    The FDA or whomever recently upped the level of fluoride they can use on powdered eggs to virtually a toxic level, be certain to check if you’re planning on eating any dried powdered eggs. I’m very concerned for the troops however that’s probably the least of their worries.