7 Reasons To Store Canned Foods


Stockpiling food is a no-brainer when you are prepping.

Most grocery stores stock less than two days of food, which will quickly get gobbled up when a panic hits. Smart folks who have food and water stored are going to be able to deal with the crisis a lot better than those who don’t.

But what I sometimes hear from people is that while they know it’s a good idea to stockpile food, they can’t really swing it because they’re living paycheck to paycheck. They feel like if they can’t afford to store freeze-dried and dehydrated survival food, they’ll just cross their fingers and hope that they won’t be hit by a disaster.

Don’t get me wrong; buying and storing freeze-dried and dehydrated survival food is a great idea if you can afford to do it. But many budgets are very tight these days, and that’s why I keep a good stock of canned foods in my basement and in another location.

Here are my top seven reasons why you should include canned foods in your survival stash:

  1. Price. When you purchase items in bulk, you can save up to 75 percent by acquiring mostly canned foods rather than freeze-dried or dehydrated foods. Even if you’re not able to buy in bulk, you will still save money with canned foods.
  2. Long-lasting. Many canned foods have a shelf life of between one and several years. You should still rotate your supply occasionally and eat the contents if the expiration date is getting close, but there’s peace of mind knowing that most canned foods last a long time.
  3. Variety. People will eat the same thing over and over again if they’re hungry enough, but everyone appreciates having choices. You can acquire a wide variety of canned foods that should keep pretty much everybody in the family happy for a while.
  4. Nutrition. Canned foods can be nutritious and rich in protein, which you and your family will need for keeping up strength. Don’t worry about calories. You’ll need those extra calories when you’re in survival mode.
  5. Water. There’s very little water in freeze-dried and dehydrated foods (although there is usually a small amount), but most canned foods contain the water that will make preparation easier. Yes, that also makes them heavier; but that shouldn’t matter if you’re able to stay put to ride out a crisis situation.
  6. Familiarity. Most families normally eat foods such as chicken, beef, ham, fish, vegetables, stews, beans and pasta, all of which are available in canned form. In a time of crisis, familiarity will go a long way to “normalizing” what you and your fellow family members are going through.
  7. Safe storage. Bugs and rodents can sometimes infiltrate boxes and bags, but seldom do they break through a can. If you find a little creature that’s strong enough to do that, hire it for your prepper team.

A surprising number of foods that you eat on a regular basis are available in canned form. Nutritious and rich in protein, they include vegetables, soups, meats, fish, stews, beans, pasta and a lot more. If the time comes when you need to rely on the canned food that you have wisely stored, you’ll be glad if you provided your family and yourself with a nice variety.

To discover which foods will be impossible to get after a disaster, download my free report “The Top 10 Items Sold Out After Crisis” from my blog. You’ll learn the 10 items you absolutely need to hoard as well as what foods not to stockpile and why.

–Frank Bates

Personal Liberty

Frank Bates

is a contributing writer to Patriot Headquarters, a new website featuring 100s of articles on how to be more self-reliant. Frank is also the founder of Food4Patriots, a supplier of emergency food suitable for long-term storage, survival and emergency preparedness.

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  • David W

    Good advice. My family does have 3 to 4 months of freeze dried ’emergency’ food, but the largest percentage of our food is canned food. Frank Bates is correct on all points , especially about needing a variety in your diet. No use adding another discomfort during a natural ( or government) disaster.

  • FreedomFighter

    I would like to add:Once you have a date system going, it can be very simple like writing on the package or box the date, rotate your stocks out and give the rotated out items to the local Church or your favorite soup kitchen and feed a needy family or 10.Thus, you have insured your family’s well being in a disaster scenario and if it does not happen you are feeding needy men, women and children in your direct area.Win WinLaus DeoSemper FI