The Complete List for Growing Your Own Non-Perishables
Best Non-Perishable Foods You Can Grow
Survival isn’t just about having food to put in your stomach. It’s about making sure your family gets the right nutrients to stay healthy no matter what happens. Here are the best foods to grow in your survival garden.
- Beans and lentils: Legumes are an excellent way to give your body protein and fiber. Dried beans are packed with iron, calcium, magnesium and B vitamins.
- Grains: Oats and brown rice are amazing sources of carbohydrates and fiber. Their versatility adapts well to all three meals and they last ages when stored properly.
- Tomatoes: Canning your own tomatoes makes survival cooking more flavorful. If you’re focusing primarily on maximum nutritional content, sun-dried tomatoes have a huge amount of vitamin C and other antioxidants.
- Corn: The sweet corn you’re used to won’t last long, but other varieties of corn last for years when dried. Harvest dent corn, grind it into flour and place it in airtight containers for an endless source of nutritious carbs.
- Nuts and seeds: Peanuts, almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds all have healthy fats, protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals that your body needs to perform at max capacity in life-or-death situations.
- Leafy greens: Spinach and kale are true nutrient superfoods in every sense of the word. You can freeze these healthy greens or dehydrate them and make your own vitamin powder to add to meals.
- Fruit: The list of essential vitamins in fruit is too large to count. Depending on where your live, it’s not hard to have an abundant harvest of apples, cherries, grapes, figs, oranges and berries.
- Vegetables: Believe it or not, potatoes, carrots, beets, cabbage and broccoli can all be non-perishable foods as long as you use the right preservation method. Carrots are an especially nutritious option with lots of vitamin A, vitamin B6 and vitamin K.
All of these survival essentials are easy to grow and store. Focus on the legumes, fruit, vegetables and grains that give you the biggest benefits for your time invested.
How Can You Prepare Your Own Non-Perishables?
The choices you make for preserving non-perishables depend on whether you have access to electricity or not.
- Canning: This takes some practice, but once you’ve mastered the technique using a pressure canner, it opens up your survival menu options immensely. Almost any kind of fruit or vegetable can be canned, lasting anywhere from one year (in the case of acidic foods) to several years.
- Drying: Using this technique can help you make your own raisins, apple leather and trail mix for long-term foods that pack a major vitamin boost. Sun-drying is the method of choice for grains and legumes, and it works fine for fruit as well. The best part of dried superfoods is that they occupy a fraction of the space of fresh, so you can pack a ton in your go bag.
- Freezing: We recommend this in survival situations with electricity. Water-soluble vitamins such as vitamin C don’t stand up well to canning, but freezing keeps them intact. To make sure your family gets plenty of vitamin C, place raspberries, strawberries or blueberries in the freezer for months.
The benefit of growing your own non-perishables is that you can keep stocking up endlessly during a collapse. As you eat what you have stored, you replenish your supplies with each year’s harvest.