Thursday, August 7, 2008

Preparedness Foods from Your Local Grocery Store

Decades ago you could tell the "real" (read wealthy) backpackers by the kind of food they brought. A week's worth of Mountain House stuffed in their pack meant they had spent some serious cash before they hit the trail. On the opposite end of the spectrum was a kid I headed up a mountain with who brought a week's worth of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches squished into his pack and that was it. These days, your local grocery store can provide all kinds of vacuum-packed, pre-packaged food that can sustain you for a week-long pack trip all the way up to a year's worth of sheltering in place. Here's some items that I regularly pick up at my local grocery store that have a long shelf life, are light weight, and require minimal cooking if any (this means these foods can be used at home during a disaster or you could toss them into a pack and carry them away if you needed to evacuate):

  • beef jerky
  • nuts
  • dried fruit (raisins, dried apples, dried cranberries, etc)
  • tuna in a foil pouch
  • dried soup mix (ie: cup a soup)
  • tea
  • powered milk
  • powdered drink mixes
  • hot chocolate mix
  • bullion cubes
  • instant gravy mixes
  • minute rice
  • instant noodles with sauce mix
  • jello
  • pudding mix
  • granola bars
  • energy bars
  • instant oatmeal
  • spices
  • dried vegetables (mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes
  • quick cooking pasta (couscous, etc)
  • candy (M&Ms, etc)
  • fruit leather
  • pancake mix
  • Bisquick
  • Parmesan cheese
  • cereal
  • peanut butter
  • instant coffee
  • instant potatoes
  • butter buds
  • packaged curry mix

Note that there are lots more options if weight, cost, or cooking time are not an issue. In addition, if you are looking at long term--five years or more--food storage, you will want to move to the next level such as nitrogen storage, MREs, etc.


  1. Lets not forget that old standby, Bannock!

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    R M.