Ten "must have" canned foods

Ten "must have" canned foods
Ten extraordinary foods that come in a can

If you're like most preppers, you've got canned beans in the
cupboard. That will certainly keep you alive, but it will get
tiresome day after day.

Why not have fun with your food storage? Imagine the
possibilities of opening a can of bread and smearing butter all
over it, or getting a good start to the day with real bacon from a
can. Good things come to those who prepare!

Ten "Must Try" Canned Foods
Here is a happy list of foods enhance your food storage...

#1: Yoder's Canned Bacon.
While the happy preppers love camping with fresh bacon on the
griddle, we find the easiest prep is Yoder's Bacon in a can to
bring camping (and it's wonderful for food storage)! Yoder's
canned bacon is pre-cooked without all the fuss and has a
delicious smoked flavor. We're not sure how they did it, but the
pack about 40 to 50 slices of bacon (equal to 2.5-3.5 of uncooked
bacon) in every can. Open and eat this extraordinary prepper food
straight from the can!

Yoder's cooks their bacon prior to canning, removing all excess
fat. It is then laid out on parchment paper, rolled and canned for
freshness. With a ten year shelf-life, you're sure to be happy
with this can in your preps. You can eat it right out of the can,
pop it into the microwave for a few seconds or warm it in a frying
pan. Anyway you serve it, you still have tasty bacon. Yoder's
canned bacon is apocalyptic heaven in a can -- any prepper worth
his or her weight in salt can attest to that.
If you've ever Googled "Bacon Loving Prepper," you'll find us:

#2: Canned bread by B&M.
When the lights go out and stores have sold out of bread your
family can still enjoy this luxury! Imagine being able to serve
bread to your family without electricity and without a stove! With
a rich molasses taste, B&M Brown Bread in a can, available in
plain or raisin, has simple ingredients and you can eat this bread
straight from the can.

There is no cholesterol in this classic bread. While there's no
need to cook, you can slice it, toast it, bake it, microwave it*, or
use it for sandwiches with cheese and luncheon meats! You can
also drop the can in boiling water after putting a hole in the can,
and serve with butter. Made with water, whole wheat flour salt
and corn oil, you'll enjoy Brown Bread in a Can the New England
way with the classic brick oven Boston baked beans.

    * If you microwave this bread, be sure to take it out of the
    can and place it on a plate!

#3: Canned butter.
You can't have your bread without your butter! Well technically
you can, but why would you knowing you can get canned butter.

If you have been looking to add REAL butter - not powdered or
freeze dried - to your long term food storage program, then look
no further. This butter is imported from New Zealand and tastes
better than any gourmet butter. Very long shelf life. No
refrigeration necessary. Another great quality is its list of
ingredients: pasteurized cream and salt. That's it! No
preservatives, food colorings, or chemicals of any kind. Just
naturally made wholesome butter from down under. Best of all,
it's hormone free.

Sealed airtight for maximum freshness, Red Feather canned
butter delivers convenience in the form of extended shelf life and
easy distribution without the necessity of refrigeration. It has
also proven ideal for disaster preparedness, camping, boating,
and remote areas where refrigeration is not freely available.

#4: Canned cheese.
There is good news for the prepper's pantry in that manufacturers
have canned ready to eat cheese! Look also for
freeze dried
cheese that's powdered for recipes like mac and cheese, or
shredded which requires it to be reconstituted with water for
other recipes.

  • Bega Canned Cheese. Have Cheddar Cheese on-hand
    anytime with Bega Canned Cheese, which has been made in
    Australia in the town of Bega for more than 100 years! Bega
    cheese, pictured immediate left, is a shelf stable cheese
    ready to spread on crackers or bread. It tastes much like
    Velveeta cheese, only it's better for you because it's real
    cheese and without food coloring. Pair it with pilot bread or
    your favorite crackers. To serve, just cut the can with a can
    opener on both the top and the bottom, so you can slide out
    the cylinder of cheese and slice it. This cheese is tasty and
    will last you 10 years!

  • Kraft Pasteurized Prepared Cheddar Cheese Product.
    Made from real cheese and an excellent source of calcium,
    Kraft Pasteurized Cheddar Cheese Product comes from the

#5: Pudding in a can.
Puddings are full of dairy goodness, but the boxed kind (and
some of the freeze dried #10 cans) require milk, mixing and
sometimes heating and refrigerating. Then there's the snack pack
variety with questionable ingredients and shelf life. We found a
classic brand online that's hard to find at the grocery stores, has
a long shelf life, and is edible straight from the can:

  • Thank you Pudding. Yes, we found it and you're welcome!
    Thank You brand pudding is highly rated, and made with
    skim milk and no preservatives. There's nothing whatsoever
    that's "partially hydrogenated," unlike the snack packs.
    These desserts are velvety-smooth, and have a made-from-
    scratch taste. With a bold, rich and creamy texture, and
    several varieties, you're sure to find your favorite flavor.

    Choose from several varieties of Thank You puddings:
  • Chocolate is a popular pudding pie recipe filler
  • Vanilla is a favorite in the Midwest.
  • Butterscotch is ideal for enhancing cake flavors or
  • Tapioca is good enough to eat straight from the can.
  • Look also for banana pudding, lemon pudding or rice

So now you know, and now you can get your just desserts!

#6: Hamburger in a can!
Swift's Premium Canned Hamburgers were advertised in the
1950s as 'party-style" and "ready-cooked." Unfortunately,
preppers can no longer buy canned hamburgers for 50 cents a
can, but we have other excellent options.

If you're looking for a Yoders canned hamburger review, click the
link to the right and you'll see that it consistently gets a high 4.5-
star rating! Which is higher than the Keystone Ground beef, also
pictured right.

  • Yoder's canned hamburger. Yoders Canned hamburger,  
    pictured immediate right, is not in patty form. Yoder's
    hamburger is the top-shelf brand of ground beef hamburger
    in a can. Made the Amish way, Yoder's packs their quality
    hamburger in BPA-free cans and includes meat in the juices.
    Because of the special cans and canning process, Yoder's
    will last 10-15 years, unlike the canned foods you can get at
    the grocery store. Pictured right, Yoders hamburger will be
    just the start to your meat food storage,

  • Keystone Ground Beef, canned. Keystone ground beef is
    another excellent way for you to make a meal in crisis, such
    as spaghetti, chili-con-carne, tacos or sloppy joes. Pictured
    left, Keystone packs just beef and salt in a can. Keystone
    all natural, fully cooked ground beef is chunk style, which
    maintains its texture and flavor. This brand has no water or
    preservatives added. It's just beef and sea salt. The shelf
    life is 5 years. This is why it's cheaper than Yoders.  Still it
    makes a great addition to your food storage. Just be sure to
    buy it, use it and get some more. You'll always have
    something to serve for dinner if you do!

#7. Yoder's Canned taco meat.
While Yoders makes an excellent product of hamburger meat in a
can, there's no need to stock the spices if you have Yoder's
canned taco filling in your prepper's pantry.Yoder's Taco Meat
Filling is a convenient prep for making nachos, tostadas, Mexican
casseroles, tacos and chile con carne. Like their other products,
the cans are BPA-free and have a special canning process that
enhances their food storage shelf life to upwards of 15 years.
Good to know, but you'll want to rotate the cans to keep your
pantry stocked with food for an apocalypse!

Just open the can, heat and serve with your favorite chips,
tostada or taco shells. Try a Frito pie by laying down Fritos corn
chips, then mixing the canned taco filling with your favorite can
of beans and topping it all with freeze dried cheddar cheese.

If you've followed our
list of items to keep in the refrigerator,
then you will have onions in your refrigerator, and if you've
followed our list of the foods to stockpile before crisis, you'll
have the canned taco shells.

Here's a list of everything else you need to enhance your tostada
or taco:
  • Canned olives.
  • Freeze dried cheddar cheese.
  • Sour cream powder
  • Salsa

#8: Spaghetti and Meatballs.
Always have a meal on the shelf that's ready to go. Chef
Boyardee Spaghetti & Meatballs is a meal in a can that gets
great ratings. It's food you know your kids will eat, but you'll love
it too. Supplement the meal with breadsticks. Pictured left, you
get 6 cans or 24 cans of Spaghetti and meatballs made of pork,
chicken and beef. Either way the price works out to about $2 can
with shipping.

Try also stocking freeze dried meatballs in your pantry, along
with your favorite pasta sauce, freeze dried cheese, and pasta
noodles so you'll always have a meal handy.

#9: Canned Chicken A La King.
Another meal on the shelf that's ready to eat is Swanson's
popular Chicken A La King is diced chicken in cream sauce with
mushrooms and red peppers. It's a good source of protein, fiber
and vitamin A. It makes quick, easy and delicious meal whether
over toast, noodles or rice. Add some green beans and your meal
is complete. See also the can of Swanson's Chicken and
dumplings, both pictured below.

#10: Canned Whole Chicken.
Sweet Sue Canned Whole Chicken is fully cooked and will help
you make the most amazing soups. Nothing beats it.  Well,
technically it's the only whole canned chicken on the market.

Sweet Sue packs a whole canned chicken with no giblets! Inside
is gelatin that's real chicken stock from the bones. To make
chicken stock you need cartilage and connective tissue in the
bones with collagen in it to convert into gelatin that thickens the
liquid. The work's been done for you in the gelatin. It's an
awesome food storage addition to make chicken and dumplings,
chicken noodle soup (which is great to make for a pandemic).
One reviewer suggested to de-bone the chicken with mixed
vegetables along with a few potatoes to make a homemade
chicken soup.

Extra tips for canned foods

  • Ensure you have extra can openers around your preps.
    While there are ways to open a can in an emergency, it's
    much easier to have a good working can opener available
    and backups, too.

  • Add some military can openers to your prepping list. A
    five-pack of GI P-38 Can Openers costs around $3 and
    includes the shipping. Why not add a few to your bugout
    bag or keychain. While there are methods you can employ to
    open a can without a can opener, having this little device
    will relieve much stress from an already stressful situation.
    It's a little peace of mind carried by U.S. Military personnel.
    Make it part of your everyday carry.

  • Tuna Strainer. The tuna can strainer tool, pictured
    immediate right, keeps hands odor free and dry while
    draining liquids.

  • Rotation system. Set up a can rotation system.

Bonus Canned Foods to consider...
Now you know how to fill your prepper's pantry with the top cans
of luxury! Here are some other canned foods to consider:

  • Canned hummus. Made from garbanzo beans, hummus is
    high in protein and delicious with pita chips or corn chips.

  • Canned asparagus. Did you know asparagus is a vegetable
    loaded in protein? Asparagus also is a good source of
    chromium. fiber, folate, as well as Vitamins A, C, E and K.

  • Creamed, Chipped Beef. Mountain House Creamed Beef is
    like a trip back to the Great Depression -- or so they say.
    People of the Great Depression knew how to make a meal
    stretch and creamed beef on toast was just such a way. It
    provided a satisfying meaty meal.

  • Canned Corned beef. Another Depression era meal, Corned
    beef and hash has a reserved place of honor in the heartland
    of America. It's comfort food and an economical meal.

  • Canned Alligator? Did you say, canned Alligator? Yes!
    Probably this will be the last can on the sales shelves
    (though not if you're in New Orleans). It's time to have a
    prepper party and see who will eat it. Comes in a delicious
    Cajun-style gravy. Who wants to try some? See our list of
    other unusual preps.

We hope you've enjoyed our list of the top ten luxury canned
foods for the Prepper's Pantry. Remember to watch expiration
dates! What's on your list of canned food preppers should stock
in the pantry?

Happy endings...
If you look long enough, you'll find many interesting foods
canned for your pleasure, including Cajun style alligator. You'll
also find foreign countries canning their own delicacies. What the
puck? We're not really sure what is "Puck Cream" pictured right.
We gather it is cream cheese in a can, and just another weird
prep from overseas.

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