15 Foods To Store for Shortages

To prepare for food shortages, store foods that don’t require refrigeration and provide a long shelf life.

Because of the rising cost of fuel and world events, the cost of everything will go up in 2022.

Keep in mind that fuel isn’t just for vehicles. It also goes into manufacturing pesticides, fertilizers, and food packaging.

In 2022 farmers will pay 100% more for seeds, fuel, fertilizer, pesticides, and new farm equipment.

Expect some farmers to walk away and others to raise prices.

I have read articles regarding which foods are most likely to be in shortage Meat, dairy, and wheat products are the most likely to have shortages, and for sure, prices will go up. To be safe, plan like there won’t be any food.

Start stockpiling because there isn’t much time left.

Below is a list of my favorite foods for long-term storage. These foods will get you through any emergency caused by food shortages, job loss, or a significant survival event like an economic collapse.

#1 White Rice

White rice is a good backbone food to prepare for food shortages because it is flexible in a meal plan, provides a tremendous amount of carbohydrates, is inexpensive, and provides a long shelf-life.

Any polished white rice, including Long-grain, short-grain, minute, and instant rice, will store for 30+ years if adequately packaged with oxygen absorbers in Mylar bags.

Avoid storing brown rice for food shortages. Brown rice still has the husk intact, so it contains a lot of natural oils that will go rancid within 8 months regardless of how it is stored.

I just purchased a 50lbs bag of white from Sam’s Club for less than $20.00. You are better off shopping for these supplies in a retail store. If you don’t have that ability check out the links below to do a price check.

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#2 Dry Beans

If I could only store two foods for the food shortages, they would be long-grain white rice and pinto beans. Both foods are tasty, and there is a lot you can do with them when combined with spices and natural ingredients.

Dry beans are a powerhouse of protein and nutrition and will last up to 30 years if repackaged in Mylar and treated with oxygen absorbers.

Eat Dry beans and white rice together, providing a complete protein.

Can you survive on just rice and beans?

You will not get all the nutrition your body requires by eating just rice and beans, but you will not starve. To maintain a healthy and balanced diet, supplement beans and rice with other foods.

#3 Wheat Berries

Wheat berries are super flexible when there are food shortages. You can make bread, and pasta, boil them whole, make pizza dough and make so many other baked goods there are too many to list.

Wheat Berries are wheat with the husk removed; the oils are extracted, increasing wheat’s storage life to 30 years.

The Egyptians and Roman legions both survived eating wheat. If it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for me.

Wheat is a powerhouse of nutrition, providing vitamins, minerals, and complex carbohydrates.

White Rice, Wheat, and Dry Beans are excellent to store for food shortages they are the 3 pillars of survival food. Together they have pulled more civilizations through starvation events than any other food. If I could only stockpile three survival foods it would be beans rice and wheat berries. They are the bulk of my long-term storage.

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To learn more about foods that will store for thirty years, read the Ready Squirrel article, Foods That Will Last 30 Years.

I purchased most of my wheat a couple of years ago. The prices have gone up. That is the way to go if you can find wheat berries locally. Otherwise, you will be paying a lot of shipping costs.

Amazon| Wheatland Store

#4 Dry Pasta

Dry pasta is excellent for food shortages because it is relatively inexpensive, filling, and easy to find at the grocery store.

If I had to choose between dry pasta (made from wheat) and wheat berries, I would go with them because they are more flexible, and you can make more with them. The problem is what can be hard to find depending on where you live, so store what you can obtain.

Dry pasta will last up to 30 years when repackaged and stored in Mylar with Oxygen absorbers.

Amazon| Barilla Store

#5 Rolled Oats

Rolled oats are flexible and super simple to cook, providing a 30-year shelf life when stored in Mylar with oxygen absorbers.

I like rolled oats for food shortages, but I wouldn’t make them the primary food source because they are not as flexible as white rice, beans, or wheat.

The Scotch Highlanders depended on a diet of oats and dairy, so they are proven survival food.

Amazon| Augason Farms Store

#6 Canned Meat

Canned meats are excellent for food shortages because they provide fat, which is the hardest to store long-term.

When I wrote this article, there was a meat shortage, and prices were way up. I store spam and canned hams in my emergency pantry.

Amazon| Spam

#7 Canned Fruit

Canned foods are good to store for food shortages because they add some variety to your meals. If you are lucky enough to have fruit trees, I suggest learning to can, but for the rest of us, if we want to eat pineapple in the middle of winter, more than likely, it will be out of a can.

#8 Canned Vegetables

Canned Vegetables will give you some extra nutrition, and as with canned fruit, it will make your food shortage diet a little more interesting.

#9 Salt

Salt is outstanding for baking, preserving food, and bartering for other items you might need in a food shortage.

Salt will store indefinitely, that’s forever, in 5-gallon food-grade pale Mylar bags, and oxygen absorbers are unnecessary as salt does not oxidize.

#10 Sugar

Sugar is an excellent food to store for shortages. As a barter item, it is outstanding. Use sugar for baking, flavoring other foods, and food preservation.

Sugar stored in a 5-gallon food-grade pale with last indefinitely, forever, without using Mylar bags or oxygen absorbers.

#11 Powdered Milk & Milk Substitute

Powdered milk is an excellent food to store in food shortages. Powdered milk and baby formula are two of the most sought-after foods during a shortage.

Augason Farms sells a milk substitute called Moo that gets high reviews and has a 20-year shelf-life.

Amazon| Augason Farms Store

#12 Grain

Store grains like wheat, white rice, and field corn or soft grains like oats for food shortages.

Hard grains have the most extended shelf-life, so they are the best to store long-term.

#13 Staples For A One Year Food Shortage

Below is a stockpile of dry emergency food suggested by the LDS church. This list of food is how I would store food for my family. It is the least expensive way to quickly keep hundreds of pounds of food. This amount of food is enough to weather a food shortage for one year.

  1. Grain 400 lbs
  2. Beans and Legumes 60 lbs
  3. Powdered Milk 16 lbs
  4. Cooking Oil 10 quarts
  5. White Table Sugar 60 lbs
  6. Salt 8 lbs

Once these dry goods are stored, start rounding it out with canned food, condiments, freeze-dried foods, and professionally packaged survival food.

To learn more about storing a long-term food supply, read the Ready Squirrel article, One Year Food Supply (DIY, Cheap, Effective)

#14 Cooking Oil

Cooking oil is an essential food for shortages but is also one of the most challenging to store.

It doesn’t matter what kind of cooking oil you store; the maximum shelf life you will get is around two years.

To ensure you have oil on hand, you’ll have to rotate it into your regular diet and replace it as you use it.

To learn more about emergency foods to stockpile, check out the Ready Squirrel article, Food For the End.

#15 Vitamin Supplements

For food shortages, stockpile multivitamins and vitamin C for everyone in the family. Vitamins will allow you to fill in nutritional gaps when SHTF.

Read the Ready Squirrel article, Supplies to Store for Food Shortages, to stockpile for food shortages and other survival events to learn about non-food supplies to stockpile for food shortages and other survival events.