43 Healthy Food Storage Staples (and 23 Non-Food Items to Stock Up On)
Many people in my community put a strong emphasis on emergency preparedness and making sure they have enough to survive things like loss of a job, illness, natural disaster, or economic supply shortage. Situations like these are chaotic and overwhelming enough, and having the supplies you need already at home is a huge relief.
One of the most important parts of preparedness is food storage, and in Utah, it’s common to stock as much as a year’s supply of food for an entire household.
This preparation encouraged by the LDS (Mormon) people has always seemed like a smart idea to me, but while I’ve stored a year’s supply for over 30 years now, I struggled for a long time to achieve a healthy food storage supply that we would actually eat and that wouldn’t go to waste because it was so nutritionally inferior or spoiled too quickly.
I threw out a lot of stuff over the years as I tried to figure out which whole-food items would work for my high health and nutrition standards, while also having a decent shelf life.
After years of trial and error, I now have a solid healthy food storage supply. I can rotate these ingredients into my regular diet and replace them as needed, so I make sure to get my money’s worth while also keeping enough on hand for emergencies.
The list of nutritious food storage items below has served me well, and I hope it helps you too, whether you copy it item-for-item or just use it as a jumping off point for a list of your own.
HEALTHY FOOD STORAGE LIST
- Raw sauerkraut (I make this from my garden cabbage and get so much use out of it for gut health!)
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Raw legumes (small red, black turtle, small white, pinto, garbanzo, 11-bean mix, lentils, split peas)
- Grains (organic popcorn, Einkorn wheat, kamut, quinoa, rye, rolled oats, brown rice)
- Shredded coconut
- Nuts and seeds (raw almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, cashews — many of these should be stored frozen, so keep freezer space in mind as you’re figuring out how much to have on hand)
- Sprouting seed mix (I make my own mix of fenugreek, alfalfa, and red clover)
- Granola (keep in freezer)
- Trail mix (keep in freezer)
- Ultimate Minerals
- Coconut water (canned or boxed from Costco)
- Coconut oil (organic, virgin)
- Raw apple cider vinegar (helpful for alkalizing your body if you end up having to eat food-storage food rather than your normal, fresh, plant-based nutrition; add to your water every morning)
- Sweeteners (raw honey, raw agave, real maple syrup, blackstrap molasses, stevia, coconut sugar)
- Spices (Himalayan Crystal Salt, kelp, cinnamon, cacao powder, baking powder, basil, oregano, cayenne, garlic and onion powder, and spice blends you use often)
- Coconut flour
- Bone broth
- Plant protein
- PreZyme Pro
- Natural peanut butter (PB Fit is a good option with a long shelf life, unlike the wet peanut and other nut butters)
- Cacao powder
- Sprouted flax
- Flax seed
- Chia seed
- Whole-grain pasta
- Canned powdered milk (to make kefir/yogurt)
- Whole eggs
- Organic greens powder (I really love the products from Organifi, and you can use the code ROBYN15 for 15% off at checkout)
- No-sugar-added spaghetti sauce
- Canned diced tomatoes
- Tomato sauce
- Dehydrated fruits and vegetables (bell peppers, onions, apples, bananas, mixed fruit)
- Beans (black, vegetarian refried, garbanzo)
- Vegetarian chili (cans)
- Bee pollen granules
- No-sugar-added applesauce
- No-sugar-added peaches
- No-sugar-added mandarin oranges
- Thrive brand fruits and vegetables and greens, for green smoothies and soups in an emergency situation (I have a shelf organizer for the #10 cans, in my storage room)
I know most of us have to get creative to accumulate all these supplies, both financially (in order to buy extra food) and space-wise (in order to store it), but remember that you don’t have to build up an entire year’s supply in order for food storage to be worthwhile.
Even just a couple of weeks’ worth or enough for a month or two could make a big difference when you need it. Having a little extra allows you some wiggle room in case you can’t get to the grocery store as often or need to stretch every dollar.
Food isn’t the only thing you should stock up on in case of an unexpected emergency. Non-food items will come in handy, too! Here’s a bonus list of household supplies and such that will be important for your comfort and health.
NON-FOOD STORAGE SUPPLY LIST
- First aid kit:
– natural pain relievers and antibiotics
– natural immune boosters and viral killers
– children’s medications
– skin ointment (like colloidal silver cream)
– rubbing alcohol
– extra medications, including ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and prescription drugs
- Eating supplies (plates, cutlery, bowls, cups)
- Ziploc bags
- Aluminum foil
- Toilet paper and portable toilet with bags for disposing of waste
- Duct tape
- Heavy duty trash bags
- Tampons and pads
- Manual can openers
- Spare parts for important tools/appliances
- Sewing kits
- Elastic hair ties
- Bathing supplies (shampoo, conditioner, razors)
- Laundry supplies (detergent, fabric softener, a washboard in case of electricity shortage)
- Pet care items (pet food, water, litter)
- Candles, lamps, flashlights
- Solar or gas-powered cookstove (along with extra gas canisters and whatever supplies you might need to maintain and operate the stove)
Once a year in October and November, you can join GSG readers in our annual group buy, where you can get high-nutrition healthy food storage items at bulk pricing. It’s the best time to stock up on top quality nuts, seeds, grains, honey, coconut oil, and much more, including GreenSmoothieGirl brand items.
I’ve also put together a Preparedness Essentials Kit that you can customize with your favorite storage-friendly GreenSmoothieGirl products at a great discount.
What healthy essentials do you keep in your emergency storage? If you don’t have a food storage supply at this point, what is your challenge?
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This post was originally published in 2008 and has been updated for accuracy and relevance.