What food to stock up on for coronavirus?

MREs, freeze-dried, dehydrated and other types of survival foods have a “maximum shelf life of 25 years”. However, there are some survival foods you can buy at your local grocery store today that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, while being shelf-stable. Read on to find out what survival foods you need to keep in your home!

Maple Syrup

This one gets huge points for its taste and variety. Maple syrup is not limited to pancakes. You can add this to a wide range of different foods for great added flavor.

Make maple syrup at home
You can even make your own maple syrup from maple tree sap. It takes about an hour per liter, but it’s well worth the effort and your budget!


Salt is a mineral that is never spoiled and has always been an incredibly valuable resource. At one time, it was even thought to be used as a form of currency.

Salt’s lifespan
Whether it is sea salt or common table salt, it has an indefinite shelf life. The only caveat to this is seasoned salt, which has a shelf life of about a year (which is still pretty good, so if you have room in your pantry, by all means, save it).

Nutritional value of salt
After a crisis, adding a pinch of salt to your meals does much more than increase the taste of survival foods that would otherwise be tasteless and insipid. It also adds sodium (an electrolyte that you absolutely need) back into your diet. Without these electrolytes, your body can’t function properly, so be sure to stock up!


stock up on honey

Honey is essential for survival. It has been discovered, still edible, in tombs buried deep in the ancient Egyptian pyramids! It never gets stale, but it can crystallize over time. This is when people typically throw it away but that’s a HUGE mistake. All you have to do is heat it up and remove it for a few minutes and all the crystals will disappear.

Benefits of honey
Honey has many benefits to be exploited. It is a fantastic source of sugar for a quick energy boost, tastes great in a cup of tea, and has a lot of other benefits to keep you going!

Rice pudding

Rice is very versatile and filling. I can’t tell you how many meals I’ve prepared that consisted of more rice and sauce than meat. White rice is incredibly cheap and, as long as it is kept away from pests, it should last a long time. Make sure you only store white rice, as brown rice contains a good amount of oils in the grain and becomes stale after a few months.

Corn starch

Corn starch is a great thickening agent, but making a good sauce or thick roux aren’t the only things that corn starch is good for! It also has many other clever uses, such as sunburn and diaper rash, and even post-survival pest control!

Storing Corn Starch
Be sure to reseal the corn starch after each use to prevent contamination with moisture. Corn starch must remain dry for a longer shelf life!


Brown, white and even powdered sugars last indefinitely. As the sugar hardens over time, all you need to do is knead it to break up the pieces. As with rice, be sure to keep it away from pests (they want it more than people do). With proper storage, sugar can last a long time.

Benefits of Sugar
As with salt, this will be useful as a food source and as a barter resource in a post SHTF economy. People are addicted to sugar, and if you have enough when no one else does, you can get what you want. This makes it an ideal food for survival.

Vanilla Extract

Real, pure vanilla extract is very valuable and will last forever. Not only does it not expire, but pure vanilla extract, like fine wine, improves over time.

It is more expensive than imitation vanilla, but if you can, go ahead and do it. You’ll be glad you did after a crisis. Just make sure you reseal it when you’re done. If you don’t like buying this survival food too much, you can also make your own vanilla extract.


Marinades and salad dressings are made tastier with vinegar, but there are also many practical uses for vinegar. Not only is it useful after a crisis, but it can also save you a lot of money at the grocery store every day. Most people know that you can cook and clean with it, but there are other amazing uses for vinegar that you would never have thought of.


Apart from its obvious “soothing” properties, the liquor can be used for many purposes. You can even use it as a fire starter since anything over 40 degrees will easily take a spark. The liquor can also be a great barter chip. Many people after a crisis will look for a way to escape and relax, and if you can give it to them, you have the advantage!

Reference for Long-Term Food Storage

Check out this condensed version of our list of the 9 best “foods forever” you need to store NOW. These types of survival foods last for years, decades or even longer – and if you don’t start storing them now, you’ll be on your own:

The 25-year shelf life claims are based on their being kept in “optimal conditions”, but let’s face it, in any crisis, optimal conditions are an absolute fantasy. But these common household ingredients will have a long shelf life in any survival food store. So skip the commercially available survival food bars and add them to your long-term food storage list!

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