We all should have an emergency kit as any disaster (earthquake, tsunami, hurricane, flood, storms, etc) may hit at anytime. It is recommended that you have enough supplies to last you 3 days (72 hours) in the event that emergency crews are unable to reach you immediately. Unfortunately, food doesn’t last forever and must be replaced usually after 5 years (sometimes longer depending on what it is). Here are the best emergency food replacements to have in your emergency kit.
Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 10.2 x 5.5 inches
Weight: 18.5 pounds
Shelf Life: 5 years
This is a standard food bar which contains 9 individually packaged 410 calorie bars. It is US Coat Guard approved and has a shelf life of 5 years from the date of manufacture. It’s recommended that each person consume 3 individual bars per day so one pack is enough to sustain 3 people per day. The bars are produced with a non-thirst provoking formula so they won’t dry your mouth and make you consume more water. The above link is the 10 pack but you can check out the individual packs as well here.
As for taste, it’s like a graham cracker with a slight hint of coconut. It’s no Sunday dinner but remember that these aren’t supposed to be luxurious. The main point of these emergency bars are to sustain you until you can get rescued or find other sources of food.
The great thing this is that the mylar packaging is tough and tightly sealed so it’ll keep both air and water out to prevent it from spoiling. There was an experiment done where the package was dropped from four stories onto a cement sidewalk and both the packaging and food were fine. They also let the package sit in salt water for seven days in direct sunlight and it still tasted like new when eaten.
Because of its relatively compact size, it’ll easily fit in your emergency kit and it would also be a great idea to store one in your car and office.
If you want something with a bit more flavor, these Survival Tabs taste great and each pack contains a mixed flavors of Butterscotch, Vanilla, Strawberry, and Chocolate. They contain 100% of the U.S. RDA of 15 Essential Vitamins & minerals. 100% of vitamin A, vitamin C, Iron, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, niacin, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin B6, folic acid, vitamin B12, iodine, vitamin B5, zinc, and manganese.
It’s made with the highest quality protein and ingredients to help your body get the most out of the food. They are gluten free and use only non-GMO ingredients. With an incredible shelf life of 25 years, these tablets will ensure you will always have food in your emergency kit. Even though it says 25 years I still suggest you replace them much earlier than that to keep your supply fresh.
This pack comes with 4 bags of Survival Tabs and each pack contains 24 tabs in a zip-lock package. The texture is neither soft or chewy but rather like a soda cap candy. The packs are remarkably compact, lightweight, and nutrient dense and would be a perfect addition to your emergency kit.
Product Dimensions: 13 x 10 x 12 inches
Weight: 5.6 pounds
Shelf Live: 12 years
If you want actual warm food that’s more like your everyday meal and has variety and flavor, I suggest you get this Mountain House Food Bucket. Each bucket contains 12 delicious freeze-dried meals:
- 2 x Beef Stroganoff
- 2 x Chicken Teriyaki
- 2 x Beef Stew
- 2 x Lasagna with Meat Sauce
- 2 x Noodles and Chicken
- 2 x Granola with Milk & Blueberries
To prepare each meal, all you have to do is mix the contents with boiling water in the pouch provided and let it stand for a few minutes. Easy! If only cooking our everyday meals were that easy. So as you know you’ll need to have boiling water. Your electricity may be out so you might not be able to use your electric kettle or stove to heat up water. I recommend getting this Coleman Butane Instastart Stove to heat up your water.
I like how it comes in a reusable and stack-able bucket so storage is not a problem. The bucket also makes it very quick and easy to transport in the case of an emergency and you need to evacuate.
Mountain House has been in business for almost 50 years and they take pride in their products and over a “The Mountain House Taste Guarantee”. If your undamaged and properly stored meal is not as good as new for 12+ years in their pouched, they will replace that item at no cost to you with the same or equivalent product.
It’s always important to check your emergency kits and make sure your food supply is not expired. Kind of useless in an emergency if you can’t eat it.
The S.O.S Rations Food Bar is your basic survival food bar that is compact and can be stored anywhere even your car. The mylar packaging is tough, durable, and waterproof so it’ll ensure your food is safe and fresh. Taste-wise it’s not bad but you have to remember you’re not looking for a gourmet meal here. You’re only looking for a temporary source of food to get you by until you can find another food source.
The Survival Tabs Emergency Food Ration is a good alternative that provides more flavor and variety. They also contain a lot of vital vitamins and minerals to keep your body going. These are also compact and can be stored anywhere and I like the fact that the package is zip locked so you can keep it fresh after opening them.
.Those are all great options but if you really want real food that is quick to make and tastes delicious, I recommend going for the Mountain House Just in Case Classic Bucket. This bucket comes with a nice variety of delicious meals that is freeze-dried and can be easily made with some boiling water. I like the fact that you don’t necessarily need a bowl or container because you can pour the water directly in the pouch to make the food. They’re a brand name that’s been around for a long time and I like products that have a guarantee because it means they stand by their product.
Go give these emergency food options a try! You can even use them for camping, hiking, or traveling as well.