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Priceless Information For Doomsday Prep, Emergency Prep, Sheltering In or Camping Foods That YOU Need To Know

Updated on May 31, 2015

Who Makes The Best Emergency Foods?

After watching one halfhearted roll out of FEMA after another in the last few emergencies? I would not want to count on them for food or emergency supplies of any kind and it prompted me to write this review of emergency style foods available. I'll start with breakfast.

If you like to eat a good breakfast to start your day? These foods allow you to have that great breakfast when you are forced to shelter in, when you are just plain camping (means no shopping before going) or maybe you just want to stock up your supplies for 'Doomsday Preparation? Shelf life is 7-25 years so it is not going to go bad.

Just knowing that you have what you need? Well, it's all right here.

'Doomsday Prep', there is still a segment of our population that believes stockpiling food for emergencies is just plain nuts Or, they think that there is plenty of time, so they put the job off for 'someday.'

Me? I like being prepared so I guess that makes me a Doomsday Prepper.

I also like to eat foods that taste like home cooked or like I bought in a restaurant. Breakfast, is one of those meals. It doesn't matter if I am on the trail or at home, I want good tasting food. After all, what's better than scrambled eggs, bacon and toast for breakfast, all cooked on your own stove? Or any meal for that matter. My reviews for Best Emergency Food for Doomsday Prep, Camping/Hiking or Sheltering in? Are foods that provide a well rounded and great tasting breakfast, lunch or dinner.

I want a meal as near to home cooked as I can get no matter where I am.

I Like To Eat Well Regardless - Especially a breakfast of real eggs, real bacon and fresh toast

A CampingmanNW Tip: When ordering from Amazon, remember to consolidate your orders to total at least $35.00 to receive FREE Shipping shipping. It's NOT about being cheap, it's about shopping smart.

Real Eggs w/Bacon

Mountain House Scrambled Eggs with Bacon #10 Can
Mountain House Scrambled Eggs with Bacon #10 Can

If you can't carry real eggs, I have just the answer, real eggs (that won't break) There are a lot of emergency ration maker's out there, but over the years, I have found Mountain House to use nothing but the best ingredients and then seal that fresh taste in. The result? One of the best choices for breakfast out there.

Evaluation: If you like real eggs for breakfast? The #10 Can comes with (10) 1 cup servings of scrambled eggs w/bacon bits mixed in. Trust me, they taste really great. Buy it.


Breakfast isn't complete w/o hashbrowns

Idaho Spuds Non GMO Gluten Free Golden Grill Hashbrowns, 8 Count
Idaho Spuds Non GMO Gluten Free Golden Grill Hashbrowns, 8 Count

Nothing wrong with hashbrowns with your bacon and eggs, am I right? These are made from the best washed cleaned and shredded Russet potatoes. All you add is a bit of water, let them sit and cook away.

Evaluation: Somehow, breakfast doesn't seem complete without hashbrowns to go along with the bacon and eggs, whether camping or sheltering in. They taste like fresh potatoes..


Have food and water stocks set aside

It doesn't matter whether you are sheltering in place from some natural disaster, going camping or stocking up for doomsday. Emergency food stocks are what you need. I have outlined their breakfast supplies and will now cover some (not all, as there are too many to list) of what I keep and use. Remember, whatever you buy comes with anywhere from a 7 year to 25 year shelf life. So buying something to store should not be a concern.

Now, to put that in real terms, when I was in the Military in the mid to late 60's, the good old U. S. government was still issuing supplies to us from WWII and Korea. Shelf life of a product all depends upon storage. In the case of our government, they froze everything. It was still as good as the day it was packaged once thawed but somewhat bland from age since everything was freshly cooked and then frozen away for years. Today's foods have come a long way since then. The foods I describe here are far superior in every way.

Look at some of these entrants and see if you agree with me. Food not only has to look good, but TASTE good too.

Coghlan's 504D Camp Stove Toaster
Coghlan's 504D Camp Stove Toaster

Speaking of toast? How about a portable toaster? I' ve had mine for roughly 20 years and still love it. Nothing better than toast with breakfast when camping. Coghlan's Toaster is one of the best on the market and will give you years of use.

Evaluation: It's tough to beat that kind of a recommendation......and besides....who doesn't like toast? The product speaks for itself.


Why Pre-packaged Emergency Foods

The average grocery store only carries a 72 hour supply of food

Camping and hiking:

What about those times when the power goes out and your family needs food and water? Don't depend upon someone to save you, save yourself until help is actually able to get there. I have used freeze dried and pre-packaged foods when hiking and camping for years.. In the beginning, it was for weight. Freeze dried foods took up little space and were lightweight to carry. Just add water.

Then came MRE's:

An excellent alternative to the early pre-packaged foods available in the marketplace. But the varieties were hard to find and shelf life limited. Invariably I would buy a case of them and end up with Six BBQ beef sauce meals, one Stroganoff and some kind of rice dish. Really? I felt like I was back in the military and getting stuck with the Lima Beans and Ham while everyone else ate the fruit cocktail.

Legacy Pre-packaged Foods

Are all American made and are made with Fresh Ingredients that are then either freeze dried or dehydrated. Meats, fruits and vegetables actually taste better when freeze dried, but whichever process you choose, (freeze dried or dehydrated) you can rest assured they are made from the freshest ingredients and will taste great over the entire shelf life

I like to choose my own meals and Legacy foods, allows me to do just that, from breakfast to dinner plus snacks

Emergency Preparedness Entree Meal Samples - 16 Large Servings - 4 Lbs - Prepper Freeze Dried Food Storage - Hiking / Backpacking / Camping / Doomsday Survival Supply
Emergency Preparedness Entree Meal Samples - 16 Large Servings - 4 Lbs - Prepper Freeze Dried Food Storage - Hiking / Backpacking / Camping / Doomsday Survival Supply

Legacy makes excellent food choices and unlike many on the market, This particular package contains: - 4 Servings each: of Pasta Primavera, Enchilada, Beans and Rice, Stroganoff and of course, Classic Chili.

Evaluation: You know you need to buy and store some foods, take a look at Legacy, made in the USA and FREE Shipping--right to your door.


Some Things In Life Are Out Of Our Control

But that doesn't mean we can't plan ahead for them

For real food? . . . Food that is easy to prepare and tastes great? Legacy and Wise Food Company foods are your ticket. I found them a few years ago and have eaten their foods many times. I like a company that takes a really simple and straight forward approach to preparing food. All of their ready-made freeze dried and/or dehydrated meals are ready to eat and can be stored safely for years.

If you want a dependable, simple, and a truly inexpensive choice for both your emergency food supplies or camping needs, they provide great tasting, high quality foods. The biggest hassle in using Legacy Foods or Wise Company Foods, is deciding which of the numerous meal choices to choose.

Finally, if you are worried that you might order too much food that you are not sure you will like, the food choices range from 72 hours (three days worth) through a full years worth of food. In the case of the 72 hour supply, that's four servings a day for three days. If you want to break that down, it works out to just over $3.25/meal. You can't eat that cheaply in a restaurant.

Thanks for reading today, stay safe and I'll see you on the trail--CampingmanNW

My last entrant for Best Emergency Foods for Doomsday Prep, Sheltering in or Camping. Freeze Dried Meats:

Wise Company 60 Serving Gourmet Seasoned Freeze Dried Meat, 60-Ounce
Wise Company 60 Serving Gourmet Seasoned Freeze Dried Meat, 60-Ounce

If your tastes run more for a "Meaty" meals, then choose the Wise Company Gourmet Seasoned Freeze Dried Meats These meals as always, are great tasting. From Roasted Chicken, all of the way to seasoned Cheesy Ground Beef.

Evaluation: If you want great meals that taste good too? That's 10 days of food for two people. Need more than just for two people? Buy multiple buckets accordingly, you'll be glad you did.


Feel Free To Share Your Comments On Emergency Foods - Or emergency preparedness

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      CampingmanNW 3 years ago

      @anonymous: It is I who is thanking you for your visit. Glad you found it interesting. Cheers.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      This lens is very interesting! Thank you for sharing - Best wishes :)

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      CampingmanNW 3 years ago

      @marsha32: Thanks for the read. Yep. fuel is necessary for the stove. Cheers and thanks for your comments

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      marsha32 3 years ago

      I did a review once for a company that sells shelf stable foods for emergencies. I don't remember the company now, but they offered a lot!

      I remember having one of those toast makes you highlight. We recently got a Colemane Stove. I need to buy fuel for it to make sure we at least have that.

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      CampingmanNW 3 years ago

      @shellys-space: Then you have already made excellent choices for sure. Thank you for your visit and cheers for the new year.

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      Shelly Sellers 3 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      We have several of the emergency items you have showcased :)

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      CampingmanNW 3 years ago

      @Faye Rutledge: Thank you for your visit

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      Faye Rutledge 3 years ago from Concord VA

      With the cold and wintery weather comes the threat of power failure, and it's good to have emergency food ready. Thanks for these great ideas.

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      CampingmanNW 3 years ago

      @seahorse60: Glad you enjoyed reading it, I hope you found something you could use. Take care and thank you for your comments and visit

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      seahorse60 3 years ago

      We sometimes loose power during the winter, not normally for long but you never know. I always have some tinned foods in stock but must look into buying a selection of other emergency foods. Thanks for an interesting lens!

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: Thanks for stopping by. Emergency food stocks were a staple in our family when we lived on Mt. Hood Oregon and the snow would knock out power and block the roads for days at a time. All it took was one incident and I took the hint. I thank you for stopping by and leaving a kind comment

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      We have been lazy in our emergency preparations, quite obvious last week when we lost power for a few days due to an ice storm. It's time to get serious about this. Thanks for your awesome information!