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The Best Survival Foods

Updated on May 19, 2013
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Alem is an Entrepreneur and Writer with an A.S. in Digital Film Making.

If you haven't noticed many people are concerned about a number of world altering events that may effect the way of living we are accustomed too. Whether you believe in a massive earthquake nuclear attack, flooding, food shortages, or an economic collapse one main thing will be necessary to survive. You need food. Whether or not you believe any of these things will happen its still a good idea to have enough food put away to feed your family simply because they look at you to take care of them, and its better to have too much than to not have enough when it come to food.

Now there are several different ways to ensure your food stockpile is sufficient but one thing you have to remember is to purchase foods that have a long shelf life. Other wise you might be wasting your money should you not have to use the food in a long time.

As with any kind of food make sure you read the labels in case you have any food allergies.

Check out these options;

Sure-Pak MRE Full Meal Kit with Heater - Single Sample (Civilian MRE)

MRE (or Meals, Ready to Eat) are made to keep military personnel fed while in the field. Think about it you can't cook a full course meal while in a bunker in the middle of nowhere. These MRE are also available to civilians these days so you are now able to purchase them and stack them away for yourself.

These packaging of these meals are made to withstand wear and tear and must be able to withstand a extreme temperatures. In addition the meals themselves are supposed to have a shelf life of at least 31/2 though many now last longer than that.

So how do they taste? I was in the military myself some years ago and can tell you from personal experience, I liked them. We had to have them in our barracks for training missions and let me say I had many lazy days where I reached under the bed, pulled out a MRE and had a great meal.

The packaging comes with a self heating pouch that only needs water to heat your entree. My favorites where chicken stew, tortellini, barbecue chicken, man Liked them all.

This particular product from Sure-pak is nice for newbies who have never tasted an MRE and may want to sample before buying a big case, which is how they are usually sold.

The seller stresses that these meals are not for vegans or people with food allergies - Meals May contain meat, peanut, dairy, soy, wheat, etc. though MRE's can be purchased for these type of people.

This item has been reviewed by 32 customers and has a 41/2 star rating, so feel free to try out at least one package.

MREs (Meals Ready-to-Eat) Box B, Genuine U.S. Military Surplus, Menus 13-24

Now these are for the big boys. Genuine Military issue. Each box comes with 12 meals and every includes, an entree, a side dish, crackers/bread, spread, dessert/candy, and a cold beverage base. They also feature amenities like utensils, napkins, matches, creamer, sugar, salt, and gum. Some have hot beverages or hot sauce, depending on the meal. Each meal provides around 1200 calories for an active person on the move, and is tailored to provide a good mix of protein, fat, and carbs (13/36/51%) for optimum nutrition.

Remember to check the date on the box. It tells you the date it was produced and the meals should be good for about 5 years from that date.

This item was reviewed by 46 customers and has a 4 star rating.

Dissatisfaction included a few people who said they received 'civilian' MRE's and 1 or 2 that said their case was near expiration. I have noticed this with almost every MRE seller so this is expected.

Mountain House Breakfast Skillet Camping Food (1 Can)

Dried food where you just add water is another good source of food and this can lasts up to 25 years, wow. This product is made in the USA and only requires water to work. The seller didn't provide much detail other than that, but I read through the reviews and this is what I got;

  • One professional Chef thought the food tasted way better than he thought it would. He stressed using hot water.
  • the food can be eaten dry if you prefer.
  • The can has meals such as beef stroginoff and lasagna.
  • Many people had negative remarks about the taste of the dried eggs.

I can't tell you more than that. So maybe you can try it out and let me know how it is.

This item was reviewed by 79 customers and received a 41/2 star rating.

American Outdoor Products Astronaut Ice Cream (Pack of 10)

Freeze dried ice cream that actually taste great according to people who bought it. This is basically plain and simple what it says. Ice cream with all the moisture sucked out. I guess this would be a good treat for a kid who may be scared while hiding out with her family from the zombie apocalypse. Just kidding. This is nice for any outdoor or indoor situation where you want ice cream but do not have a way of refrigerating it. The seller says these products are manufactured by the same company that supplies freeze-dried foods to NASA.

This product was reviewed by 89 customers and has a 41/2 star rating.


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    • tHErEDpILL profile image

      Alem Belton 4 years ago from New York

      Thank you for reading. I think having both is a good idea. But remember the freeze dried food lasts longer.

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      SurvivalistNation 4 years ago from Midwest

      So many choices to choose from. I would choose the freeze dried food. I Only have to add water. It would be lighter to store and you could carry more in your bug out bag. This is a necessity in my bug out bag checklist. Very Nice Hub.