If you’ve read some of my other articles, you probably know I save canned goods, as a hedge against loss of income and inflation. You’re on board with saving canned food, so what type should you save? Well, I can’t speak for you, but here’s what I focus on: vegetables, fruits, and meats. I’ll explain why in the rest of this article.
Vegetables are an important food category. There are three categories that you usually must include in your diet in some way, and veggies are one of them (care to guess the other two?). However, I save veggies because the price of corn is expected to rise, and rather dramatically. Corn is one of the main veggies I’ve been saving. I’m also saving varieties of beans, and some potatoes. I would suggest you keep a stash of at least one can of veggies for every day you’re saving for, if not two or three, just to be safe.
Fruits are another important category of food. It is very nice to have something sweet every once in a while, and when you’re living off of canned goods, that usually means fruit. Fruit is also good for you, and usually goes great with any meal you can make. I have about a can per day worth of fruit. I’m probably going to increase that to two cans per day as soon as I can (no pun intended).
I know, I know. Canned meats are usually pretty gross. Well, get over it. If you’re in an emergency situation where you have to break into your stash of canned goods, you’re probably not going to care that canned meat is kinda gross. You’re just going to be glad to have meat to add to your diet, because without meat, you’ll be hard pressed to get all your necessary proteins. I have a couple of cans of tuna for my girlfriend, and some canned ham for me. You don’t have to resort to Spam. Seriously. Get stuff that tastes good and isn’t just congealed meat fat. Maybe a can of beef stew, or some cans of cooked meals that just require heat.
If you just make sure to keep your cans heavy in the direction of fruits, veggies and meats, you’ll probably be okay. Anything with too much wheat (canned pastas, and the like), will likely cause you to feel more hungry than you actually are. Just stick to real foods that have been canned, rather than the processed crap. It’s cheaper that way, too.