9 Survival Food Items That Will Outlast You

Last Updated: September 26, 2021
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Pick these survival food items before SHTF and last the apocalypse with the best emergency food supply!

The Best Survival Food Items to Stock Up Before SHTF

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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.

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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.

1. Honey

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 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 LifeWhether 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 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

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!

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5. White Vinegar

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.

6. Sugar

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.

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7. Liquor

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!

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8. Vanilla Extract

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

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.

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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