A List of Foods That I Recommend You Have in Your Storage

The following is a revised list of foods that I recommend for your storage.  This is not all-inclusive but is a good starting point.  The amount of food that you store will depend on several things.  How long a time are you planning on living on your storage?  How many in your family?  How heavy eaters are you?  I know there are many recommendations and I have made some myself, but the bottom line is you need to make up your own mind on how much food you store.

  • Wheat, if stored correctly, good for at least 30 years.
  • Oats, can stored up to 30 years
  • Spelt, similar to wheat but with more protein and some people with mild wheat allergies can tolerate it.
  • Buckwheat can be used in breads and breakfast cereals.
  • Quinoa, an excellent source of protein can be used like rice.
  • Beans, white
  • Beans, pinto
  • Beans, black
  • Beans, mung are very good for sprouting
  • Lentils have the third-highest level of protein, by weight, of any legume or nut, after soybeans and hemp.  Sprouted lentils contain sufficient levels of all essential amino acids.  They are a complete protein.
  • Rice, white rice not brown.  Brown rice turns rancid in 6 months or so.
  • Salt can be used to preserve food.  Most people fail to store enough. I store at least a 100 pounds or more.
  • Millett, can be used in breads and cereals.  People with celiac disease can replace gluten-containing cereals in their diets with millet.
  • Powdered milk, good source of protein.
  • Dehydrated and dried vegetables, either home dehydrated or in number ten cans from dealer.
  • Meats home canned and freeze dried
  • Meat commercially canned like spam, canned hams etc.
  • Dehydrated and dried fruits.  Are easy to dry at home.
  • Seasonings, store what you use.  I like to store various hot peppers, great In beans and almost anything.
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda can be used to help soften hard beans.  See Making Bean Flour and Cooking with Old Beans
  • Sugar
  • Honey will store indefinitely if not stored in metal cans.
  • A source of oils, I have built a olive press and have learned how to cure olives.
  • Powdered eggs
  • Powdered or canned butter.  I do not recommend home canning butter.
  • Dehydrated onions, you need this for the beans.
  • Soup Mix
  • MRE’s or LRPs for bug out bags
  • Miscellaneous wet packed canned goods, get foods that you normally eat, so that you can rotate them.
  • Jams and jellies
  • Peanut butter, good source of protein.
  • Split peas can be used to make mushy peas or soups.
  • Potato flakes, they store well in number 10 cans and are very inexpensive through LDS Canneries.
  • Corn starch
  • Dent corn or pop corn dried, can be ground into corn meal.  You need a good quality grinder.
  • Dehydrated shortening, comes in a powder, just add water.
  • Misc. junk or comfort foods for treats.  Be sure and watch the shelf life, these normally need to be rotated regularly.
  • Vitamin pills as needed.


The reason for so many types of grains and beans are to add variety to your diet and to make sure you get your required nutrition.  Some people may have hidden allergies to wheat or other foods that may show up in an emergency.  A variety of grains and foods will let you provide for them.  Make sure you have enough meats, fats and oils.  Fats and oils are more of a problem to store.  However if you do a search on my blog under oils you will find additional information on their storage.

Hope this helps




7 thoughts on “A List of Foods That I Recommend You Have in Your Storage”

  1. I get sick of telling people about NOT canning their own butter. They seem to think that it’s cute that they are doing it. It’s about as cheap and takes less time to buy Red Feather, and it’s not grainy like home canned ruined butter! I have order pallets and pallets of it for people at cost. I recommend getting group orders together for such items. Canned bacon too!!

  2. I have been canning butter for two years now. It is easy, safe and much less expensive than the can butter you buy. To each his own.

    1. Are you pressured canning the butter, if not i have some questions about how long it will last with out a problem

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