In this video, Penny University lists ten items you can find at just about any supermarket. For the most part, these items aren’t too expensive, so you can pick up a few extras on each shopping trip.
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- Beans and lentils. They are high in protein, nutrients, and fiber and they can be stored for very long periods of time. They also have surprisingly high protein levels as long as you have water resources. Beans and lentils will keep you going for a very long time and they don’t cost much so it’s not hard to pick up a couple of extra bags every time you go out shopping.
- Rice. It lasts for quite a long time in storage. It’s also very versatile and can be added with many other foods and ingredients to stretch out your food supply.
- Pasta has a lot of carbohydrates just like rice. It’s also very inexpensive by comparison to many other foods. It’s also versatile and provides many different cooking options. It stores for a very long time as well.
- Sugar and honey. Sugar and honey provide a lot of options. They can be stored for very long periods of time particularly honey. Besides being used as sweeteners to keep food from getting too boring, they can also be used as an aseptic food preservative. It would also make a great trade option and while honey is more expensive than sugar, keep in mind that it has one of the longest shelf-lives.
- Peanut butter. Peanut butter has a long shelf life, isn’t too expensive and has lots of protein. It’s also high in good fats; it’s easy to store, easy to eat and doesn’t taste bad either.
- Lard or shortening like Crisco. If you’re going to be doing any cooking you’re likely going to be needing oils. Crisco, being solid, is a lot easier to store than liquid oil and lasts for a very long time. It’s high in calories and could add some much-needed flavor to otherwise bland foods.
- Salt. It’s not food but it’s been added to pretty much everything that you eat before you get it, and it lasts forever. It adds flavor and can be used as a preservative. It’s also cheap and it has trade value.
- Cornmeal. It provides more options than flour and requires fewer ingredients to make bread. It also has a longer shelf life than flour. it’s not very expensive and won’t set you back too much so pick up a few packages for storage.
- Canned meats. They’ll last longer than most people think and can offer some much-needed protein. They also add flavor to meals. Some canned meats can be rather expensive but most of them are a fairly reasonable price, so it’s a good idea to pick up a couple of extra cans of tuna or ham or chicken on your regular shopping trip.
- Canned fruits and vegetables. They serve to supplement your diet by offering some variety and they’re not too expensive either. Make sure you choose fruits and vegetables that are on the low acidic value because those will store much longer.
- Here’s a bonus: Powdered protein. Protein powder can offer some much-needed protein calories in a pinch so it’s not a bad idea to have a few canisters of protein powder stowed away in your pantry.
This list is just a summary. For a more detailed look at these foods and why you should stockpile them, watch the video below.