Canned food from the grocery store definitely fills a gap in food storage preparedness. Here’s why…
– They come in a wide variety of food groups.
– Available at all grocery stores.
– Easy to store in your pantry / shelves.
– A pretty good shelf life. At least several years for most.
– None of them technically need to be cooked prior to consumption.
These attributes make canned foods one of the quickest and easiest ways to store some foods for preparedness.
I am not discounting other foods and their own unique packaging & processing! Rather I’m saying that canned foods are simply…simple. It’s one aspect of an overall diversified food storage plan.
Grocery Canned Food Groups
Food storage diversification is important! In other words, a well balanced supply of food types. Grocery store canned foods are just one of them. Lots of articles on this site about other types.
Important! Consume and Rotate! Don’t let them just sit there for “just in case”. Hopefully there will never be a “just in case”, so don’t let it go to waste. Simply build up an inventory and then start consuming and replacing! Kind of like having your own little mini grocery store.
Canned Beef, Poultry, Seafood
Meat. Protein. Calories. No refrigeration required for grocery store canned foods (unless opened of course). You will pay more per-ounce/pound because of processing/packaging compared with the fresh meat counter. However you won’t have to worry about the power going out and food spoilage in your freezer.
Beef, Pork, Chicken, Turkey, Tuna, Salmon, Ham, and of course >>> SPAM!
My personal meat department includes a variety of these grocery store canned meats, Home canned meats processed with our pressure canner, Fresh meats vacuum sealed in chest freezers, and some Dehydrated and Freeze Dried meats in #10 cans.
Fruits are high in natural fructose / sugars. This will satisfy the sweet tooth, in case that’s an issue for you! Plus, a serving of fruit each day is good for you, right? Peaches, Pears, Oranges, Mandarins, “Tropical Fruit” mix, etc.. You name it and it’s probably available in a can.
Eat your veggies! Right? Vegetables are nutritionally good for you and compliment just about any meal. Consider Green Beans, Corn, Carrots, Spinach, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, or whatever it is that you like to eat.
You can get some pretty good calories and protein from canned Pinto Beans, Garbanzo Beans, Navy Beans, Black Beans, Black Eyed peas, “Baked Beans”. I mention it separately because these canned beans can be pretty good with a bowl of rice (for example).
Canned Soups & Condensed “Cream of…”
Soups. There are LOTS to pick from. Whatever floats your boat, so to speak…
Cans of condensed soups such as Cream of Chicken, Mushroom, Broccoli, Celery. These go a long way towards complimenting other foods (think ‘rice’ for example).
There are plenty of canned stews available which are meals of themselves!
Note: Typically, grocery store canned foods might have a date stamped on them. Seemingly generally about 2 years from date of manufacture (more or less depending). However, grocery store canned foods will last longer than their “Use by” “Best by” “Sell by” dates. Here’s why:
[ Read: Sell by, Use by Dates ]
Okay, so no excuse especially for newbies out there >> Next time you’re at the grocery store, start diversifying your food storage. Pick up a few extra cans of ‘this or that’…