Today I’m going to share with you my top ten paleo foods storage list. 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 come up with a list of ten paleo food storage items you need to have. Foods that are paleo friendly and have storage lives from years to indefinite. My paleo food storage list is as follows.
Paleo Food Storage
Coming in at number ten on the paleo food storage list is maple syrup. While guzzling down maple syrup is a bad idea. It is best 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 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 before needs. America has a lot of sweet teeth that need sugar. If you store almond or coconut flour you can make some paleo pancakes. If you have kids it’s sure to make their day.
Coming in at number nine is Sauerkraut. Kraut is an amazing paleo food storage item. It has a ton of health benefits. Contains vitamin C and lactobacili bacteria. Captain James Cook made sure he always took plenty of kraut on his voyages to prevent scurvy. Lactobacili may posses many therapeutic benefits, including anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer activities. It can last many months in its fermentation vessel. Unfortunately unless it’s canned it does not last more than a season. Once canned its live bacteria dies and you lose the benefits. It it weren’t for that it would easily be number one on the paleo food storage list.
Number eight is the often vilified Lard. Lard was the go-to fat of choice for centuries. It has long been a substitute for butter. I feel lard has a bad rap now 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, making it great for paleo food storage. I’ve seen some conflicting numbers on the internet on shelf life. I did come across a story about a 64-year-old can of Lard. Testing found it still safe to eat.
Salami is the number seven item on this paleo food storage list. There are many hard Italian Salamis that claim to have no expiration date. Salami is a great combination of Fat/protein. Does not need any refrigeration. In my experience of taking salami 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.I had one really that I ate on for 3 days. I kept it wrapped to keep out insects but not airtight.
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. Salt curing was the main method before refrigeration. From my research it seems to work for all meat. The time it takes to cure and the complexity of the curing process varies greatly. Some hams can six months just to fully cure. This is one preservation method to be studied and mastered now while there are resources and hospitals in case of a mistake. Salt curing though makes some of the most delicious meats. For this reason it is an important part of your paleo food storage.
Coming in at the halfway point is Salt. Without it you can’t do number six. Salt is a rock from the ground and never goes bad. Salt 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. In a long-term disaster I can see salt being a big barter item. Salt is cheap so stock up now. My mom always make fun of the 100 pounds of salt I bought once. I found bags of food grade salt on sale for less then $2 for a 25 pound bag. So I bought it all. Salt is the backbone of food preservation making it critical to have in your paleo food storage.
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 ketosis. With a neutral flavor, coconut oil is good for cooking. It is a solid at room temperature. It also taste OK in Coffee. No really try it. Coconut oil is great to add extra fat to dishes. I used it in my coconut oil pemmican and paleo survival ration bar. You can use coconut oil for oil pulling. You can use it for a fire starter. Coconut oil is good on hair. Coconut oil has so many uses it’s place in your paleo food storage is set.
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. Honey can give a little sweetness and flavor complexity to bland foods. You can make delicious Mead from it. Honey is a huge immune booster. It helps with allergies if you source local honey. Use honey as a topical antibacterial agent for wound treatment. Once again though like with the Maple syrup don’t sit around in your underwear and spoon it out with your paw. Use this sparingly and in small amounts. Our ancestors had a hard time getting a small amount. Having bees is the best method to get the pollen benefits. With its indefinite shelf life though honey is a great paleo food storage item.
Were almost done now. Number two on the paleo food storage list is Biltong. Biltong is a cured meat from originated the South African Bush. Biltong made from thick slices of lean meat. It’s similar to jerky in that it’s dried meat. Biltong is much thicker and is different in texture. Biltong doesn’t is not 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 seem to go bad if stored properly. The Biltong needs to breath and stay dry. Wrap it in a cloth for storage. 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 to store. 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 paleo food storage items to stock 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.
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