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Thursday I talked about why I am taking steps to prepare my family for an emergency. Today I want talk about primal approved foods that have a long shelf life and would be great to keep stocked.
Proteins & Fat:
Canned Fish- Sardines, Anchovies, Salmon, Crab, Oysters and Tuna. Full of protein and Omega 3 fat. Be sure to buy wild caught.
Jerky- Beef, Turkey, Salmon. The shelf life of jerky varies depending on how it was processed. The more moisture is removed the longer it will keep. Make your own or buy from a natural retailer such as U.S. Wellness Meats. Stay far away from the MSG and HFCS laden jerky at most supermarkets.
Coconut Milk- Native Forest uses BPA free cans. (I found that out right after stocking up on Thai Kitchen)
Coconut Oil- If you are going to be doing any cooking you will need a good oil and this is a far better alternative to the commonly recommended vegetable oil. The shelf life is 2-5 years. Coconut oil can also be used as a fuel in oil lamps to provide light.
Home Canned Homemade Bone Broth- This one takes a little know how but if you own a pressure canner you can can your own bone broth. Filled with vitamins and minerals and if you have a way to heat it up it is incredibly comforting. See how I make my bone broth here.
Almond Butter- Jarred almond butter will last for about a year.
Fruits & Vegetables:
You can probably survive on just the proteins and fats listed above but keeping fruits and vegetables on hand will provide more vitamins and make eating a lot more fun and interesting.
Home Canned Fruits and Vegetables
Fermented Fruits and Vegetables- Sauerkraut, kimchi, salsa, there are dozens of possibilities. Full of good bacteria for the gut. A good book on how to make your own ferments is Wild Fermentation
Freeze Dried Fruits and Vegetables- These have all the nutrients of fresh fruits and vegetables without any additives. They can be eaten as a crunchy snack or re-hydrated. They are also lightweight and would be easy to carry. You can buy them from Harmony House Foods or Just Tomatoes Etc.
Dehydrated Fruits and Vegetables- Similar to freeze dried but these should be re-hydrated before use. You can make these easily at home with a dehydrator. I plan on making some this summer and I will post about it. You can also buy them from places like Harmony House Food.
Larabars- These have protein, fat and fruits. If you need to evacuate I would take several of these, jerky and water. Larabars have a shelf life of 12 months.
If you have something to add to this list please tell me about it in the comments.