I have to admit, the first time I stepped into a grocery store after this COVID-19 crisis began, I was a bit shell shocked.
Even down here in Florida, where we’re used to prepping for natural disasters, store shelves were wiped bare like never before.
It was, in a word, insane.
And a harsh reminder at how important a food stockpile is to survival.
Whether you’re prepping for a hurricane, snow storm, or worldwide pandemic, you need a stash of non-perishable food in your home.
And not those meal bars that tout themselves as “healthy” but are really just glorified, sugar-laden, junk.
I’m talking about pantry staples you can use to whip up a wholesome meal for your family in an emergency.
Now, before I get into my list, I want to make one point.
There are no canned foods on this list.
I personally try to avoid canned foods due to the link with bisphenol-A (BPA).
BPA has been linked to numerous health problems, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and problems “down there” for men.
That’s just not a risk I’m willing to take.
With that in mind, here are 5 can-free foods you should start snapping up now, so you’re ready for the next emergency that heads our way.
1. Bags of beans
Beans are loaded with fiber and B vitamins, so they can support digestion, heart health and give you a burst of energy.
They’re also a great vegetarian source of protein.
My favorite beans to cook with are chickpeas, kidney beans and lentils.
I like to throw them in the stock pot with some veggies and chicken or beef stock to make soup. Or, add them to a salad for an extra protein punch.
They even taste great on their own.
In my opinion, a handful of nuts make a perfect snack during an emergency.
Not only are nuts full of nutrients like omega-3s, vitamin E, magnesium, fiber, phytosterols, and healthy fats.
They also help crush hunger.
And that’s something we all need during a disaster when food is in short supply.
3. Shelf-stable milk
Back in the day, if you wanted shelf-stable milk, your only option was powdered cow’s milk.
Now you can get shelf-stable soy milk, almond milk, milk flavored with vanilla, or other flavors.
There’s literally a whole shelf in my local health food store just for shelf-stable milk.
If you like milk with your coffee, you’ll want to have some shelf-stable milk on hand.
4. Dried fruits
Dried fruits like raisins, apricots and dried berries are great alternatives to fresh fruits.
(Be sure to get the varieties without sugar added.)
While dried fruits lose some of the original vitamin C, most other nutrients are retained.
5. Freeze-dried foods
Beyond fruits, freeze-dried foods, like meat, are also great to include in your survival stash.
Not only are these foods typically full of protein, they’re also super light since their water content has been removed.
That makes transporting them a breeze when you need to make a quick exit ahead of an oncoming disaster.
Now I know where most of you live store shelves are still lacking.
In fact, it’s why my buddy Frank over at 4Patriots announced his exclusive Buy 1, Get 1 Event on his Survival Food. He wanted as many Americans as possible to have the peace of mind that only comes from being truly prepared.
But you see some of these items in stores snatch them up now. And, keep getting them as food becomes more available.
We might not know when another disaster is coming, but one thing is certain… it is coming.
Best to start preparing for it now.
Stay safe out there.