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Best Non-Perishable Food Items To Stockpile In Case Of An Emergency

August 3, 2022

Natural disasters and disease outbreaks can strike with little or no warning. In some cases such as during storms or a global pandemic, you may be asked to stay home for your safety.

In times of disasters, power outages or loss in water, gas and electricity may also hit your home for several days. Ensuring that you have a stockpile of canned foods, dry mixes and other staples that do not require refrigeration or special preparation can help you grip the emergency with an open mind and a full tummy.

Here are 8 non-perishable food items to stockpile in your pantry in case of an emergency.


1. Whole-wheat crackers


Whole-wheat or whole-grain crackers have higher fat content and a shorter shelf-life (about 6 to 9 months) than their plain counterpart. However, they are richer in fiber which is great when you are particularly hungry. Additionally, fiber also boosts and prolong satiety, making you feel full longer in times of emergencies.


2. Granola bars


Made from rolled oats, honey and dry fruits, granola bars are superb energy boosters and a favorite breakfast on-the-go. This portable food is healthy and filling, packed with vitamin E, protein and soluble fiber.  Plus, due to their low sodium content, they help reduce your appetite and food intake, which is great especially if you are saving your food supply. Typically, store-bought granola bars come with a shelf life of 6 to 12 months.


3. Canned meats


Most canned foods have a shelf life of one year and should be consumed before two years. They can be an affordable option when fresh foods are not available and can make healthy eating effortless. Canned tuna, chicken and turkey, in particular, are excellent sources of protein.


4. Canned beans


Canned beans are emergency essentials especially if you are a vegan or on a vegetarian diet. They are generally low in fat but high in fiber and protein. Opt for unsalted canned beans or drain and rinse the beans before use if sodium is on the ingredient list.


5. Dry pasta


Dry pasta won’t really expire but will lose its quality over time. If unopened, dry pasta and jarred sauce can last on your pantry for several months. Generally, pasta can be carb-heavy and gluten-rich so if someone in your household has dietary restrictions, look for alternatives.


6. Peanut butter


Peanut butter is loaded with chock-full healthy fats, protein and zinc Unless otherwise indicated in the label, an open jar of peanut butter can stay fresh unrefrigerated in the pantry for up to 3 months.


7. Cereal


Cereals are an incredible source of carbohydrates and B vitamins. If unopened, they can last up to 6 months past their “best by” dates. For emergencies, choose multigrain cereals that are individually packaged so that they don’t become stale and lose their crisp after opening.


8. Bottled water


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests storing a 3-day or 2-week supply of water if possible. Pregnant women and sick individuals, however, should store more.



Due to high energy expenditure and limited food supply in times of crisis,  it’s best to stock foods high in fiber and protein and with lengthy expiration dates. Your basic needs must come first before your flavors and preferences.

PS. Don’t forget to have a can opener!



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