10 shelf-stable lunches

Ten Lunches
Prepping 101 Series: Food storage dinners

Gather ten lunches ten shelf-stable lunches!
It's totally normal for newbie preppers to get overwhelmed on
where to start with food storage. One way to get started
prepping is to plan your meals ahead by meal categories. Start
with one mealtime: breakfast, lunch or dinner. Then work towards
your next goal until you have a supply of shelf-stable meals on
hand for a week.

You'll feel happy when you have gathered ten lunches for your
preppers. This list of ten shelf-stable lunches is just to get your
wheels spinning with ideas. Remember always, the foremost rule
of prepping: buy what you eat and eat what you buy!

Food Storage Lunch Ideas for Preppers
Here are some ideas for ten shelf-stable lunches for preppers:

Shelf stable lunch #1: Canned soups.
Soup is good food and a hearty soup paired with crackers is a
good place to start. You can start with a can of Campbell's or
your favorite soup from the grocery store and enhance it to
create a hearty meal. Alternatively, stash Augason Farms "just
add water" soups in a #10 can. Here are ways to beef up your

  • Hearty Tortilla soup base with canned chicken. Start with
    a tortilla soup base, then add a can of chicken to a tortilla
    soup and garnish with tortilla chips.

Shelf Stable Lunch #2: Tuna salad and crackers.
A great shelf stable lunch is tuna salad and crackers. You'll find
tuna salad packs with crackers, but you can expand the idea and
get a #10 can of
pilot crackers and three cans of tuna and a
small jar mayonnaise (and figure out the portions for your family).

You'll want a small jar of mayonnaise, because mayonnaise goes
bad quickly when its not refrigerated. Enhance the tuna salad to
your family's preferences, which might include a jar of pickle
relish or a can of olives, freeze dried celery and onions, or
whatever you grow fresh from the garden. You might also select  
grab and go tuna salad kits, which are a civilian-style MRE (meals
ready to eat):

  • Go Picnic! GoPicnic Meals: GoPicnic has a line of shelf-stable
    lunches. A classic of the ready to eat meals is the tuna and
    crackers meal which has  a gourmet flair. This shelf stable
    meal complete with zesty lemon pepper tuna spread,
    crunchy multi-grain crackers, Ginger Zip fruit and nut mix,
    unsweetened applesauce, and a long-lasting fleur de sel
    caramel lollipop for dessert!

  • Bumble Bee Tuna Salad Kits: Pictured at the top right hand
    of the page, Bumble Bee makes tuna salad kits are ideal for
    a protein rich solution for lunch.

Shelf-stable Lunch #4: Pumpernickel sandwich.
Pumpernickle is a very hearty bread that has a long shelf life and
can last even longer if you store in the refrigerator. It can last 3-
4 months. Pair it with Salami or grow cucumbers, so you'll always
have a healthy meal.

  • Shelf-stable butter.
  • Bega canned cheese.
  • Canned tuna salad
  • Canned chicken salad
  • Salami
  • Cucumbers from the garden

Shelf Stable Lunch #5: Peanut butter or sun butter
and crackers.
Like the tuna salad idea, set aside a jar of your favorite nut
butter and three large boxes of crackers. For the PBJ fans in your
family, try also adding the jelly or fruit preserve. Who says
peanut butter and jelly is only for sandwiches? It might become a
new family favorite. Kids love chocolate hazelnut spread, but
with all nuts, be mindful of allergies and watch recalls as peanut
butter is prone to Salmonella.

  • For a heartier lunch combo: pair your nut butter and
    crackers with a mix of dried fruits, such as raisins, dried
    cranberries, banana chips or dried apricots. Nuts and fruit
    just seem to go together!

Shelf Stable Lunch #6: Canned hummus and pita
Made of garbanzo beans, hummus is an ancient prepper food,
and you can learn to make it yourself or buy hummus ready-made
in a can, immediate right. Hummus is also available as a mix
(just add olive oil and water). Because its made with beans, it's
high in protein. Serve hummus with baked pita chips, which have
a longer shelf life than pita bread and add greek olives to nosh!
Stacy's Pita chips, pictured immediate right, are non-GMO. With
Izzie sparkling juice, also in a 24-pack, you have a gourmet
lunch! If you are lucky enough to grow your cucumbers or
tomatoes, they will make a perfect accompaniment.

  • For a heartier lunch combo: pair your hummus and pita chip
    lunch with a heavy dried fruit, such as dried apricots, dates
    or prunes.

Shelf Stable Lunch #7: Bean dip tostadas.
Spread a black bean dip (or your favorite refried beans from a
can) on ready made tostada shells. Garnish with a can of black
olives, chunky salsa, and if you are lucky to have it --  fresh
lettuce, tomatoes or cucumbers from your garden! Be sure to
pack some freeze dried cheese, and freeze dried sour cream, all
pictured left. Old El Paso Tostada Shells are available in bulk,
immediate left. In all you'll get 144 tostada shells for your
prepper's pantry!

  • For a heartier lunch combo: pair your tostada and bean meal
    with freeze dried or canned ground beef, or canned chicken

So there you have it:
Get started prepping by assembling shelf-
stable lunches for your family.

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