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Top 11 Survival Food Brands

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When you find yourself in a survival situation, food can sometimes mean the difference between life and death. Stashing enough food to at least get you and your family through the first few days of an emergency situation is very important. Next to water, food is the most important item in a survival kit. It can give you the energy you need to do whatever is necessary for survival.

So exactly how much food should you pack into your bug out bag or survival kit? Well, that all depends on whether or not you’re planning to be on the move. If you anticipate a lot of hiking, your calorie intake will be substantially higher. And if you’re not alone, will each person in your party be capable of carrying at least a three day food supply in their own bug out bag? If you’ve got small children, you may find yourself carrying more than your share. On the other hand, if you’re planning on staying in one place, it’ll be easy to stash a three day supply of food or even more.

For those on the move, freeze-dried emergency rations is the best way to go. It weighs less and has a longer shelf life than other foods. However, it can be more expensive. But with the right equipment it’s possible to produce your own freeze-dried meal packets to save money. If you’re not limited on your budget, and plan on buying prepackaged, dehydrated meals, read on for some of my favorite brands. It should also be noted that these survival food brands are not listed in any particular order. Your individual situation will be different than someone else’s, and therefore what’s best for you may not be best for another.

1. Wise Company’s 52 Serving Wise Prepper Pack

Wise Company offers a 52 Serving Prepper Pack of freeze dried emergency food and drink. Each pack contains 24 meals, 16 servings of Orange Delight drink Mix, and a whey milk alternative protein drink, all contained in one bucket. The bucket has a grab-and-go handle, making it easy to transport in case of an emergency. The prepackaged meals include pasta and vegetables, stroganoff, tomato basil soup with pasta, Southwest beans and rice, and others.

They also offer 60-serving protein packs, 240-serving emergency packages, and 120 serving breakfast buckets. The 52 meal prepper pack has a storage life of 25 years and costs less than $75.

2. Mountain House Survival Food Supplies

Mountain House offers survival and emergency food kits and buckets for any survival situation. You can get a 2-day supply on up to a 2-week supply. Their 3 Day Emergency Food Supply is about $70, or just under $7 per meal, and offers approximately 1,650 calories per day. It includes 9 total pouches containing eggs and bacon, biscuits and gravy, beef stroganoff, pasta primavera, rice and chicken, and chicken teriyaki. They are guaranteed to taste good even after 30 years. And their shelf life is the longest in the emergency food industry. Mountain House is a popular food brand for emergency preppers.

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3. Good To-Go 5-Day Survival Food Supply Kit

Good To-Go is similar in style to Mountain House, but has more gluten-free and vegetarian options. They even offer vegan options to the growing community of vegans. Their 5-Day Emergency Food Supply Kit offers a 5 day food supply for one person. It includes real food such as granola, herbed mushroom risotto, three bean chili, classic marinara with pasta, kale and white bean stew, and Mexican quinoa bowls. The meals are easy to prepare – just add boiling water. The shelf life ranges from 2 to 5 years. The price comes out to approximately $20 per day, or just under $7 per meal.

4. NorthWest Fork Emergency Food Supply

NorthWest Fork offers a 1-month emergency food supply that’s kosher, vegan, contains no GMOs, and is made with natural ingredients. The package contains 15 servings each of 6 different meals. Adding hot water turns each freeze-dried meal into a pint of food. It Contains food items such as pinto bean stew, black bean chipotle stew, green pea soup, and tropical trio oatmeal. It has a storage life of 10 years and the cost is under $5 per day.

5. NuMana

NuMana Food Supply is a long term food storage solution using organic foods. They produce high quality products that are free of GMOs and MSG. Their products are stored in white buckets using silver Mylar pouches. They have a shelf life of 25 years and are highly accessible, being sold on Amazon. In addition to offering easy-to-fix meals, they add super foods and organic grains to the mix.

6. Augason Farms

Augason Farms has been around for almost 50 years and their products can be easily found at places such as Costco, Walmart, WinCo, and Sam’s, to name a few. Their focus is on long term storage in case of emergencies. Augason Farms sells their food storage products in square pails, so they’re a lot easier to stack and don’t take up as much space as round buckets. They also offer food in #10 cans, so it makes shopping a lot easier. Baking mixes and Eggs have a 5-10 year shelf life as long as the cans remain unopened, but most other products have a 30 year shelf life.

7. Backpacker’s Pantry

Backpacker’s Pantry offers a nice selection of freeze-dried food and dehydrated meals. They have entrees that appeal to a wide variety of tastes. You’ll find Indian curries, Italian favorites such as lasagna, and American classics like chili, to name a few. They also have stew, spaghetti, Pad Thai, stroganoff, Fettuccini Alfredo, and many others. Plus, they have vegan options. These products are perfect for emergency preppers because they are sold in individual packets, allow you to pick exactly what you want. Most packs are in the $5 to $7 range.

8. Legacy Food Storage Emergency Survival Food

Legacy Food Storage offers a huge assortment of emergency survival food packs, or emergency rations, for any survival situation or time period. They come in all sizes, with the upper limit being packages that contain a whopping 4,320 servings. A 16 Serving Family Entree Sample Pack includes 4 entrees: Pasta Primavera, Classic Chili, Enchilada Beans and Rice, and Stroganoff. The price is around $40 with 6000 total calories for the entire package. These entrees contain no GMOs, no MSG added, no trans fats, and are vegetarian friendly.

In larger emergency food packages you’ll find additional entrees including Pasta Alfredo, Cheese and Broccoli Bake, Creamy A La King, Vegetable and Rice Soup, and many others. Breakfasts can include nine grain cereal, maple oatmeal with brown sugar, and pancake mix. Sides can include strawberry slices, freeze dried banana chips, instant mashed potatoes, parboiled rice, refried beans, and green beans.

9. Valley Food Storage 1 Month Basic Food Kit

Valley Food Storage provides clean and nutritious freeze dried food. There are no artificial ingredients, no GMOs, and no fillers. Many food storage companies include cheap fillers to increase the calories, but Valley Food Storage does not. They also offer options that cater to people with dietary restrictions and special dietary needs. If you want dairy free, soy free, gluten free, or vegetarian meals, they offer those too. If you’re looking for a good source of quality, freeze dried food, this is a good choice.

10. American Red Cross 4 Person 72 Hour Food Supply

The American Red Cross offers an emergency rations kit that provides a 72-hour supply of food for four people. It provides 2,100 calories per day for each person. Plus, the food bucket only weighs 12 pounds, making it easy to transport. The food is contained in Mylar pouches, which gives it a long, 20-year shelf life. And the bucket is sealed so that if any water gets on it, the food will still remain safe.

The American Red Cross 72-hour Food Supply includes a meal plan, and provides different meals each day. Some of the food items included are brown sugar and cinnamon oatmeal, vegetable stew, potato soup, macaroni and cheese, black beans and rice, rice pudding, and more. The entrees are very easy to prepare. Just add water and simmer for 15-20 minutes. The meals contain a lot of dairy and cheese, but no meat products. If you’re vegan, this is not the pack for you. And if you like meat, you can always add a few cans of tuna, chicken, or beef to your bug out bag.

If you’re moving a lot, you will probably want to store extra foods that will give you more calories. But if you’re staying in one place, this bucket will provide enough food for four people for 72 hours.

11. My Patriot Supply

My Patriot Supply offers both short term and long term emergency survival food at remarkably low prices. They have emergency food kits, fruit and vegetable kits, and meat and protein kits, At the time of this writing you can find their 72-hour kit for less than $18, their 2-week emergency food supply for under $100, their 4-week food kit for under $180, and their 3-month emergency supply for under $600. They come up large buckets that have a 25 year shelf life.

The 72-hour kit includes easy to prepare meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that are tasty and nutritious. They come in heavy-duty 4-layer pouches for added security. Meals they supply in this pack include breakfasts, lunches, and dinners that are tasty and easy to prepare. My Patriot Supply offers a wide variety of emergency food storage kits that may include meals such as traveler’s stew, black bean soup, creamy chicken flavored rice, macaroni and cheese, different types of rice, pancakes, home style potato soup, and more.

Whether you’re a seasoned prepper or survivalist, My Patriot Supply produces some of the top emergency food products on the market. They also offer many other survival items including survival gear, cooking tools, power, lighting, stoves, first aid, survival books, water filtration systems, air purification items, and more.

Many Great Survival Food Options

You’ll find many great options for freeze-dried and dehydrated meals out there. Just make sure you calculate how many calories your family or party will need per day. Once that’s established, it’s an easy job to multiply that amount by how many days, weeks, or months you want your survival food supply to last.

Matt Walker

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