A lot of people don’t realize how many different types of canned foods are available in stores or online.  In fact, most of us walk right past items that are perfect additions to our stockpiles without even knowing they are there.  However, many of these foods can help to round out our emergency food supply and give us greater access to balanced meals.  Let’s take a look at a few examples of items to consider purchasing the next time you’re shopping.

Canned Bread

There are plenty of recipes for making and storing your own no-bake survival breads, and they are worth experimenting with.  On the other hand, sometimes it’s just easier to pick up a couple of bread cans and put them in the pantry.  Chances are that you will run into at least one type of canned bread at the supermarket, and if you’re looking for some variety, there are plenty of products online to choose from. 

Canned Meats, Poultry or Fish

What comes to mind when you think about canned meats?  Chances are that tuna or salmon, corned beef, SPAM and maybe chicken top off the list.  However, you can usually find anything from hamburger, meatballs, beef, turkey, sardines, herring, crab or pickled pigs feet in most stores, and dozens of other products are readily-available online as well.  In one shopping spree, you can load up on enough meat, with a good deal of variety, to provide you and your family with hearty meals for as long as necessary.


Condensed milk is just one of many canned dairy products that can last for a year or more in storage.  Did you know that you can buy fresh and natural canned butter?  There are also a variety of cheeses that you can find in cans, and we’re talking about nacho or cheese spreads either.  You can also find canned puddings, cream and even dairy-based nutrition drinks as well.

Canned Meals

A lot of people shy away from purchasing canned meals and incorporating them into their stockpiles for some reason, and this is a big mistake.  Many of these products include ingredients that provide us with balanced meals.  This can help us to conserve resources, such as water and fuel,  because we won’t have to cook or heat items separately all the time. 

Of course, some meals are healthier than others, and it’s important to check ingredients and read labels.  However, it doesn’t take a lot of time or effort to find a handful of meals that are suitable for an emergency food supply.

These are just a few examples of the hundreds of canned products out there that you can use to build or expand your stockpile.  While they shouldn’t replace canned foods that you make at home, they do have a place in your overall emergency food supply.  For example, cans are easy to transport if you have to bug out.  Their portions are usually smaller, and this can lead to less waste.  Some products are also less-expensive when compared with what it would cost to make your own. 

Take a closer look at the variety of canned foods out there, and think about how you can benefit from including them in your stockpile as well.  Doing so can give your more food choices, help you to conserve space, give you some extra food security, and chances are that you will also save some money along the way.