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Which Can food?

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by Apetrulis01, Oct 10, 2012.

  1. jeepinbandit

    jeepinbandit Sgt. USMC

    Dec 27, 2007
    NAS Fort Worth JRB
    Generally true. Thanks to the lawyers everything has to have an expiration date lol. From what I understand they will eventually loose some taste and what not but will still be good to eat.
  2. concretefuzzynuts

    concretefuzzynuts Brew Crew

    Dec 27, 2011
    Canned chicken, tuna, salmon, mackerel. Chipped beef, jerky, spam. These are your meat based proteins and fats. Don't add salt when mixing with your rice or beans for lower salt content, but salt is necessary for many reasons. If you have high blood pressure store the meds you need.

    Edit to add: rotate stock.
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2012

  3. AK_Stick

    AK_Stick AAAMAD

    Jan 20, 2004
    Alaska, again (for now)
    variety is the spice of life.
  4. DJ Niner

    DJ Niner Moderator

    Feb 13, 2001
    North-Central USA
    The Chef-boy-ar-dee stuff is quite a bit higher in calories, too. A quick check of the pantry reveals 220 to 260 calories per can (Spaghetti w/Meatballs is the highest of the selections I have on-hand right now, at 260).

    I've eaten it cold, but if the sun is out, I usually just wrap the can in a piece of an old black cotton t-shirt and leave it in the sun for a while. I warm my lunch at work the same way, just wrap in black cotton rag and leave it on my vehicle dashboard (in a clear plastic shoebox-size tub, in case the easy-open can pops/leaks, but I've never had it happen). A couple of hours later (depending on temperature and sky clarity), it's somewhere between warm-enough and too-hot-to-hold-the-can-barehanded.
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2012
  5. Tom Kanik

    Tom Kanik

    Sep 6, 2005
    S.W. Missouri
    Just walk up and down the aisles of a grocery store for ideas. I like to keep tuna, Spam, chicken, ham, turkey, beef chunks in gravy, breakfast pork patties, roast beef hash as well as corned beef hash, LaChoy Chinese meals, along with extra cans of Chinese vegetables, tamales in sauce, chili, ready to eat soups like Progresso and Campbell's Chunky brands, condensed soups, and Dinty Moore beef stew. There is also things like chicken and dumplings or chicken breasts in cans. Trio brand of instant mashed potatoes just require hot water, throw in some gravy mix and a can of vegetables for a pretty decent meal, with various canned fruits for dessert. That's not counting my Mountain House and other freeze-dried food. Just make sure you have PLENTY of water, then get more! And definitely keep vitamins on hand!
  6. I have eaten both commercially and home canned items that where DECADES old. I did not die.
  7. UneasyRider

    UneasyRider C.D.B.

    Dec 1, 2005
    I started with tuna, chicken, and soups because we eat these. I bought on sale and have hundreds of cans of each, more than I can rotate.

    I moved on to rice, beans, oats and wheat in 5 and 6 gallon pails which is cheaper and last a long time.

    The last thing I did was move to freeze dried and dehydrated meat and veggies that last for many years.

    I plan on eating this stuff in the next year or two depending on how the election goes...
  8. pugman


    May 16, 2003
    They have recovered canned foods from sunken WWII subs/boats which at over 60 years old the food stuffs tested negative for any sort of harmful bacteria... it might taste is another story

    Like Smith, my wife and I recently ate some canned pears from 97 or 98...they were canned with cinnamon and honestly were delicious.
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2012
  9. superhornet


    Apr 1, 2005
    If you are determined that the SHTF is coming, my advice is to stock up now. The price of most basic food stuffs have increased in price the last few months...And will continue to rise dramatically in 2013. I stock up at the Dollar General for can goods, veggies, fruit, soup, beans, meat, etc. Much cheaper in my area than Walmart, Winn Dixie or Publics. :whistling:
  10. gosnmic

    gosnmic Re:member

    Aug 27, 2004
    Speaking of spices - I like to keep plenty on hand!!

    Versatile stuff - can be added to lots of items to help thicken and flavor dishes from spaghetti/pasta to stews/jambalaya to pizza sauce (given the right spices - see above)! I like to pick up the smaller cans when on sale - found ~8oz is about perfect size for a pizza while ~15oz is a good starter base for 1lb of spaghetti (still have a home-made sauce in the fridge as we speak!)

    Lots of good ideas in these replies! I have 'lots' of tuna 'cause I like the stuff! I also have a variety of "cream of" soups as they can be good "add ons" for dishes. Say you want some tuna but don't have mayo for a traditional tuna salad ... (if you think it's dry on its own) grab one of those "add on" cans, some spices, and if you're adventurous, add some rice, etc. and now you've got protein, carbs, and fat all in one meal.

    Another good source for low-maintenance food might be peanut butter and/or raw nuts. They're generally calorie dense and can store (and you can eat them without any required preparation).


    OH - Just to put some numbers to calories, I noted a while back that a can of green beans over 5 pounds in weight contained right around (or less than!?) 500 calories!?! :shocked: So, yes, it's important in a survival situation to figure out what kind of fuel you're inputting to your body! For comparison, my 18oz Peanut Butter contains over 3000 calories! That's 100 calories/lb versus 2700 calories/lb :faint: