I’m sure many of you have seen the lists going around the net of the top ten Long term storage foods. I’ve seen a ton of them and most of them are the same list over and over. On top of that most of the list is things I don’t want to eat now nor in a disaster. I’m not storing wheat and not going to eat it. So I thought about it and did some serious research. I’ve came up with a list of ten foods that are paleo friendly and have storage lives from years to indefinite. My paleo foods list is as follows.
Coming in at number ten is maple syrup. While I don’t think you should be guzzling down maple syrup, used very sparingly as a treat . Maple syrup is very calorically dense. As an occasional morale boost would be awesome. It has no real expiration date. I would not only use it one rare occasions and in small amounts. It would also make a good barter Item. People are always willing to pay more for wants over needs and America has a lot of sweet teeth.
Coming in at number nine is Sauerkraut. Kraut is an amazing paleo food and has a ton of health benefits. Contains vitamin C and lactobacili bacteria. Captian James Cook made sure he always took plenty of kraut on his voyages to prevent scurvy. Lactobacili may posses many theraputic benefits, including anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer activities. It Can last many months in it’s fermentation vessel. Unfortunately unless it’s canned it does not last more than a season. Once canned it’s live bacteria dies and you lose the benefits. It it weren’t for that it would easily be number one on the list.
Number nine is the often vilified Lard. Lard used to be the go-to fat of choice. It has long been a substitute for butter. I feel lard has got a bad rap though, lard has less saturated fat, more unsaturated fat, and less cholesterol than an equal amount of butter by weight.. Lard unlike the modern franken-oil contains no trans fats. Lard is massively calorically dense, with 115 calories per Tbsp. Lard has a great shelf life. I’ve seen some conflicting numbers on the internet but came across a story where a 64 year old can of Lard was tested and was still safe to eat.
Salami is the number seven item. There are many hard Italian Salamis that claim to have no expiration date. Salami is great combination of Fat/protein. Does not require any refrigeration. In my experience of taking salami’s camping they have a huge satiety effect. It only takes a small amount to feel full and have plenty of energy. Plus they are delicious.
Salt Cured meats is number six. This is a rather all inclusive category. Salt cured and salt packed meats can last a very long time and was the main method before refrigeration. From my research it seems to work for all meat. The time it takes and the complexity of the curing process varies greatly. Some hams can six months just to fully cure. This is one preservation method that should be studied and mastered now while there are resources and hospitals in case of a mistake.
Coming in at the half way point is Salt. Without it you can’t do number six. Salt is a rock from the ground and never goes bad. Salt has been used for various methods of food preservation for thousands of years. It would be a huge benefit in making bland food taste better. Salt historically was a valuable commodity and in a long term disaster I can see it being a big barter item. Salts cheap stock up now.
Coconut Oil (virgin) is number four on the list. Virgin Coconut oil last forever making it a great paleo food store. Coconut Oil is high in the saturated fat medium chain triglycerides which have benefits in protein metabolism and help induce ketogenisis. It has a neutral flavor good for cooking with. It is a solid at room temperature. It also taste OK in Coffee. No really try it.
Honey comes in at third. Honey has been found in Egyptian vessels still be safe after thousands of years. It has a unique sweet taste not too overpowering. It can be used to give a little sweetness and flavor complexity to bland foods. You can make delicious Mead from it. Honey is said to be a huge immune booster. It helps with allergies if you source local honey. It can be used a topical antibacterial agent for wound treatment. Once again though like with the Maple syrup don’t sit around in your underwear spooning it out with your paw. Use this sparingly and in small amounts. Our ancestors had a hard time getting a small amount.
Were almost done now. Number two is Biltong. Biltong is a cured meat from originated the South African Bush. Biltong is made from thick slices of lean meat. Its similar to jerky in that is is dried meat but tends to be much thicker and is different in texture. Biltong doesn’t tend to be as chewy to me. While eating it and breaking off some the fibers separate easily. Its Hard but tender. You just have to try it. It is delicious and super easy to make. This is a video on how to make it by Jack Spirko from The Survivalpodcast. Biltong doesn’t appear to have an expiration date if stored properly. The Biltong needs to breath and stay dry basically so wrap it in a cloth. I’m thinking about putting some in mason jars with o2 absorbers for long term storage.
The number one item for Paleo food storage is pemmican! Pemmican is half shredded dried meat (jerky) and half tallow. Pemmican is a true super food. It last forever, has a perfect nutritional profile and is calorically dense. It is the power bar of the ancient world. There are stories of Native Americans living solely off of pemmican for many months without ill effect to health. You can make it or buy it, U.S Wellness Meats is the only real choice for commercially bought.
I have a special bonus you should be storing. Tequila! As a hard liquor it has no expiration. You can use it to make delicious Norcal margaritas. Disinfect wounds, or use for Barter. People are always willing to pay for a drink when times are tough.
That’s my Paleo friendly 10 (plus 1) list of long term storage food items you should be stocking up on. I plan on in the coming months to put the storage of these items into high gear. Do you feel I left anything off the list? Let me know in the comments.