Best Shelf-stable Foods

Shelf Stable Foods
Stock up on shelf-stable pantry items

Shelf stable foods to try:
The prepper's pantry is stocked with shelf stable, commercially
sealed foods that can sit for one to three years at room
temperature with no refrigeration needed. The best shelf-stable
foods for your prepper's pantry are familiar foods.

Foods with a good shelf life included powdered milk, baking
mixes, peanut butter, potato flakes and canned meats. Add
canned meats to shelf-stable side dishes and you can serve
dinner from the pantry very quickly.  Below are some of the best
shelf-stable foods to try...

Best Shelf Stable Foods to Try
The best shelf stable foods to stock up on are foods your family
eats regularly. Add new favorites to your list, but stock up only
when you know it's a family favorite. Experiment with shelf table
dinners, like
Ready Meals Chicken Chow Mein, pictured right, from
K.J. Poultry.

It's good to have shelf-stable pantry items in addition to a long
term larder of freeze dried emergency foods, dehydrated foods
and buckets of beans, rice, grains and pasta in your food storage.

Here are the best shelf-stable foods for preppers:

#1: Baking Mixes.
There are a variety of classic and new shelf-stable pancake,
biscuit, bread, muffin and scone mixes to try.

  • Bisquick Original Pancake & Baking Mix. The iconic Bisquick
    pancake and baking mix box is a pantry staple of American
    homes. It's a quick and easy weekend breakfast. Just add
    water and pour onto griddle. Bisquick pancake & baking mix
    is easy to personalize with fruits, nuts or chocolate chips.  
    Remember the maple syrup and serve with canned bacon on
    the side. Real maple syrup has an almost indefinite shelf-
    life. This classic pancake mix makes fluffy, mouth-watering
    pancakes, waffles, and more.

  • Chebe Bread Original Cheese Bread Mix, Gluten Free,
    grain free. Based on the wildly addictive Brazilian cheese
    bread this delicious lunch or dinner roll is naturally gluten-
    free, yeast-free and grain free. Chebe Bread Mix is made of
    Manioc a topioca flour. Make bread sticks, tortilla wraps,
    sandwich buns, rolls, calzones, turnovers, pierogies, pizza
    crust from this mix.

  • Augason Farms Honey Cornbread muffin mix. With
    Augason Farms Honey Cornbread Muffin Mix, downhome
    cooking has never been easier. Just add water to this mix
    and bake according to the directions to get delicious
    cornbread muffins full of honey flavor. They are perfect to
    serve with soup, chili, beans and other hearty entrees, but
    can also be used as a base for cornbread stuffing. This
    muffin mix has up to a 10 Year Shelf Life!

#2: Shelf-stable Whole Milk.
Milk is great to have in the prepper's pantry even if you don't
have kids. Shelf-stable milk is good to have on hand for cereals,
sauce making and more. Powdered milk is an essential dry
ingredient for meals in a jar. Below are some of the best shelf-
stable milk to try:

  • Peak powdered milk. Peak Instant Dry Whole Milk Powder is
    made from high quality fresh milk in Holland. It dissolves
    instantly in cold or hot water. Use Peak Whole Milk various
    purposes – drinking, cooking, baking, and, in its powder
    form, as a coffee / tea creamer for a delicious rich taste.
    Take a peak at the stellar ratings from more than 2700
    online customers.

  • Maple Hill Shelf-Stable 100% Grass-Fed Whole Milk. Great
    milk for coffee, smoothies, cooking baking and lunch boxes.
    Maple Hill's shelf stable grass-fed organic milk is made to
    move. Perfect for snack time on the go, our 8 fl oz milk box
    fits perfectly into a lunchbox, travel tote, or gym bag. Use as
    a frothy creamer for coffee or a velvety and delectable
    addition to smoothies. Grass-fed milk has a higher fat
    content for a creamier, delicious texture. The original 100%
    grass-fed organic milk brand in America, Maple Hill is
    committed to sustainable practices and the ethical treatment
    of animals.

  • Horizon Organic Low fat milk. Packed with 8 grams of
    protein per serving, and an excellent source of calcium,
    Horizon Organic Low Fat Milk is 18 single-serve cartons.

  • Shelf-stable half and half. Just as good for the break rooms
    as they are for the pantry Land O Lakes half & half creamer
    singles are shelf stable and made of real milk and cream.
    Never run out of cream for your coffee!

#3: Canned applesauce and fruits.
Preppers often neglect adding fruit to their food storage thinking
of it perhaps as a luxury or a dessert. Many want to avoid the
sugars, but one way to reduce the sugar is to drain and rinse the
fruit. Look for canned fruits packed in natural juices and avoid the
corn syrups. Fruit is essential in a well-rounded food storage
system. Start incorporating canned fruits into your everyday diet!

How to use canned fruit:
Try different canned fruit like Oregon canned blueberries. Canned
blueberries are perfect for pies and muffins or Blueberry sauces
for pancakes, cheesecakes and all kinds of cakes. Below are more
ideas on how to use canned furit
  • Canned fruit of all kinds is delicious on waffles or pancakes.
  • Drain the fruit and mix into Jello before chilling.
  • Use canned fruit as a topping for plain yogurt, cottage
    cheese, or oatmeal.
  • Make fruit parfaits from canned fruit.
  • Try fruit salsas! Avocados with canned pineapple is a
    refreshing side dish to pork.
  • Remember that tomatoes are a fruit and not a vegetable.

Canned fruit pantry staples include:

  • Canned sliced peaches. DelMonte sliced canned peaches are
    usually packed in a heavy syrup, but they're a shelf-stable
    food packed with Vitamin A and Vitamin C, plus have the
    calcium and iron you and your family needs. Use canned
    peaches for all types of dishes, salads, Smoothies, and

  • Canned pineapple. Dole canned pineapple chunks are 100%
    fruit that's rich in Vitamin C, have no added sugar, and are
    made from all natural fruit and non-GMO ingredients. Try the
    canned, sliced pineapples for a pinapple upsidedown cake.
    Remember the Marachino cherries.

  • Canned mandarin oranges. Dole Mandarin oranges are
    packed with sweet Satsuma mandarin oranges,

  • Tropical Fruit salad. Dole Tropical Fruit Salad  is a delicious
    combination of pineapple with red and yellow papaya chunks
    in a light syrup with passion fruit juice.

#4: Canned vegetables.
Veggies in a can to include in your prepper's pantry include:

  • Canned asparagus. Del Monte Asparagus Spears are the
    perfect way to enjoy your favorite seasonal dishes all year
    long. Canned asparagus spears are idea for a Scandinavian
    style open-faced sandwich. Try Pumpernickle with Havarti
    cheese and a few asparagus spears, or sliced sourdough with
    lox and a few asparagus spears. It's simple and delicious.

  • Canned Sweet Peas. The organic peas from Del Monte
    contain just three simple ingredients: peas, water, and
    sugar. Warm and serve with fresh ground pepper or mix with
    spaghetti, grilled chicken, or add to your favorite seafood

  • Canned Sliced beets. Sliced beets are ideal with a potato
    salad. Made of four simple ingredients: beets, water, salt
    and sugar,Del Monte fresh cut sliced beets cook in minutes
    or you can eat them straight from the can.

#5: Nut butters.
Community food pantries rely on donations of peanut butter
because it's a shelf-staple American favorite that's loaded with
protein. Peanut butter has allergens and the cheap brands add
hydrogenated oils. Be a label reader and ensure your nut butters
are packed in oil. Also, think beyond peanut butter and add
different nut butters to your
prepper's pantry including:

#6: Canned and prepared soups.
Soup is good food and good to have on hand to avoid soup
kitchens. For your pantry, stock up on our favorite shelf-stable
soups also for cooking. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Campbell's Cream of mushroom soup helps put savory dinner
    casseroles on the table. Campbell's Condensed Soups are
    your secret ingredient in the kitchen for sauces. What's
    more, it's a low sodium soup for sodium restricted diets.
    Check out the recipes for Shepherd's pie made with
    Condensed Cream of Mushroom soup and more.

  • Campbell's Condensed Tomato Soup. Get a full serving of
    vegetables and no high fructose corn syrup in this classic
    soup that pairs nicely with a grilled cheese sandwich for an
    economical meal. Add versatility to your tomato soup by
    adding croutons and Parmesan shavings.

  • Annie Chun's Miso Soup Bowl. With just a cup of water you
    can enjoy Fresh cooked Japanese style Udon noodles with
    tofu and scallions for lunch. It's 100% natural, vegan and
    has no preservatives or MSG. Sometimes it's best not to
    follow the directions, as with this product which require you
    to drain the water from the noodles. Preppers know the
    importance of saving precious water and nutrients. Just use
    just a cup of water, mix the ingredients and let the bowl
    stand covered for a couple of minutes. Comes in a
    convenient bowl, which means there's no wash up required.

  • Progresso's Chicken Noodle soup and Progresso's New
    England Clam Chowder, are among the most popular items at
    the food banks. The chowder is so popular that Amazon
    won't even allow us to link to it!

  • More soups to try:

#7: Canned Stews.
Canned stews are among the recommended foods to donate to
food banks according to The organization
recommends "Basically, any food that is 'shelf-stable' or
nonperishable – you can keep it in your pantry and it won’t go

  • Dinty Moore beef stew. Dinty Moore stew satisfies hearty
    appetites and has no preservatives. It's so popular that
    Amazon has a hefty price on it (around $6.87 for 28 ounces).
    Get it locally if you can. This stew gets a perfect 5-star
    rating and it has 10 grams of protein, which is important for
    your preppers pantry.

  • Swanson's Chicken & Dumplings is a good source of protein
    and fiber with lean, juicy chicken with chewy dumplings. This
    delicious meal for the whole family sold out quickly during
    the Coronavirus pandemic. The recipe comes from Carl A.
    Swanson, a Swedish immigrant who moved to Omaha,
    Nebraska, in 1896.

#8: Canned meats.
Canned meat is one of the best prepper proteins. The food banks
are used to receiving donations of canned tuna, but there are so
many other shelf-stable canned meats to pack in your pantry.

  • Canned Road Beef. Packed in a savory beef broth, not
    starchy gravy, Kirkland's Canned Roast Beef has a nice, clean
    roast beef flavor and the meat chunks are very lean.

  • Canned bacon. Yoder's canned bacon is a wonderful shelf-
    stable food, though you won't find it at your local grocery
    store. Each can is 9 ounces of fully cooked and drained
    bacon. Between 2-3/4 and 3-1/4 pounds (pre-cooked weight)
    of bacon go into each can.

  • Canned chicken. For comfort food casseroles canned chicken
    is economical and easy to prepare.

  • Canned hamburger. Keystone canned ground beef sales
    skyrocketed at the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, and
    quickly gained popularity thereafter.

  • Pouches Shredded beef. Sampco shredded beef is the start
    of an easy dinner if you have tortillas. Tortillas are easy to

  • Cans or pouches of pulled pork. Another quick and easy
    dinner from meat in a can or pouch is pulled pork. Just add a
    bun and some chips for lunch or dinner.

  • Canned salmon. Canned fish has omega-3 fatty acids and is
    a good protein source. With Wild Planet canned salmon
    there's no need to drain the can. The all-natural flavorful
    juices only add to the exquisite flavor of the fresh Alaskan

  • Tuna salad kits. A good item for the pantry is a ready to eat
    Bumble Bee canned tuna salad with crackers. Ideal to serve
    with a can of soup, or just to have on hand when the
    electricity goes out or the stores are closed.

#9: Shelf-stable side dishes.
When shopping the grocery stores, be sure to check for shelf-
stable side dishes to add to your pantry.

Some prepper favorite side dishes include:

  • Potato gems and flakes. Potato Gems and flakes are good
    to have in the prepper's pantry for convenience, but they're
    also asource of comfort. Edward & Sons Home Style Organic
    Mashed Potatoes are gluten free, vegan and absolutely
    delicious! They are incredibly easy and quick to prepare.
    Edward & Sons™ Home Style Organic Mashed Potatoes
    deliver the rich, comforting taste of fluffy mashed potatoes
    in about 4 minutes. This is true "convenience without

  • Mac and Cheese. A box of kid pleasing Mac and Cheese is a
    side dish that can become a family meal when you add a can
    of tuna. Blend canned hamburger into your instant recipe for
    a cheese-burger kind of meal.

  • Pouched or boxed rice. Making rice dishes from scratch is
    super easy, but in an emergency or when you're too tired to
    cook, it's nice to have boxed rice as a side dish, like Knorr
    rice sides (chicken flavor), Zatarains Spanish Rice, near East
    rice pilaf, Uncle Bens butter and Garlic or Goya Spanish style
    yellow rice. The list goes on with boxed couscous or whole
    grain wild rice.

  • Boxed stuffing mixes. Stove Top Chicken Stuffing Mix is the
    easy way to quickly make great tasting stuffing or to use as
    a bulk ingredient for many different recipes.

#10: Ready Made Shelf-stable Meals.
Every prepper's pantry has a supply of ready to eat meals. Just
open the can and heat. Commercially canned meals are ready to
eat straight from the can if need be.

  • Canned Taco Meat. One can of Pace Taco Complete is
    enough to make 7 tacos and needs only the taco shells.
    Making tacos has never been so easy. This ready to eat meal
    is the perfect complement to a taco kit. Scratch the prep!
    Just heat the taco meat filling packed with corn, red peppers,
    and black beans and stuff your tortilla or taco shell. Dinner is
    served! Incidentally, pantries also request other shelf-stable
    complete meals and ready to eat soup, stews and chili.

  • Canned hamburger. Canned hamburger is the start of many
    meals from spaghetti to sloppy Joes or tacos, Shepherd's pie
    or your favorite casserole.

  • Canned Ravioli.  You'll love the taste of Chef Boyardee
    Overstuffed Italian Sausage Ravioli, a delicious and
    convenient meal that's ready to eat in minutes. Pictured
    right, real Italian sausage and enriched pasta in a hearty
    tomato sauce give Chef Boyardee Overstuffed Italian
    Sausage Ravioli the timeless flavor everyone loves.

  • Canned Sausage gravy. Libby's Country Sausage Canned
    Gravy makes it quick and easy to serve up delicious comfort
    food for your family. Chunks of tasty country sausage give
    this traditional country gravy a mild, spicy flavor that can be
    served any time. This canned sausage gravy is perfect to
    spoon over warm biscuits, mashed potatoes, rice, pasta or
    cornbread for that extra touch you love.
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shelf-stable cheese to consider.

Shelf stable foods for college.
Foods to supplement dorm cafeterias that cook easily and have a
long-shelf life include:
  • Top ramen.
  • High protein snacks, such as beef jerky, trail mix and nut
    butters with crackers.
  • Dried fruits are high fiber and can include dried cherries,
    apricots, and banana chips. That's It fruit bars, pictured right,
    is a highly rated, healthy variety pack of Strawberry, Mango,
    Blueberries, Cherries & Fig Bars.

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