Survival Food

Updated February 3, 2014

Many of us have searched through the internet for a good source of emergency foods and have found that there are way too many choices out there. This page is so we can talk about different emergency products that we have tried. It is my goal to help you select foods from a non-biased perspective. I would like to help people to sort through all the products that are available and am trying new products as often as I can. I am keeping this list in alphabetical order and not by favorites in order to help you to sort through the information yourself.

The Doomsday Moose does not accept payment for product reviews or for placing any particular companies product on this page. We strive to keep this survival food list as unbiased and trustworthy as possible.

Many of these places offer samples of their products as well. If you would like to try some of these, click the name of the company and you will be redirected to their sites.

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Food Insurance

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Food Types: Freeze Dried entres vegetables, fruits, meats, and drinks.
Packaging: Single serving pouches can be resealed. Packaging is good quality and can be cooked in.
Preparation: Preparation of the single serving pouches was very easy since you can prepare the meals in the pouches.
Taste: Everything that I tasted was very good.
Quality: The texture and consistency was very good. The ingredients were better than expected.
Review: Food Insurance Food Review
Notes: This company has put a lot of effort into making a large variety of meals and have also made it very easy to purchase with pay as you go plans (more information on their site). They also have gluten free and vegetarian meal plans available.

Legacy Food Storage

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Food Types: Freeze Dried meals, meats, and drinks.
Packaging: Pouches are thin and not resealable. I was not sure if they were mylar, but Legacy says they are, so they probably are. They were also overfilled in some cases causing spillage.
Preparation: Preparation was frustrating for me. It took a long time to prepare, and since the packages were so full, I spilled product everywhere.
Taste: I thought the flavors were fairly plain. I figure it is because they do not use artificial flavors.
Quality: The pasta was stale and did not cook evenly. The rest seemed ok.
Review: Legacy Foods Review
Notes: This company does not add any artificial flavors or colors to their food. They do not use MSG or AYE and are certified GMO free.

Meal Kit Supply

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Food Types: MRE (Meal Ready to Eat), and Energy Bars.
Packaging: Packaging is military spec MRE packaging.
Preparation: These meals prepare easily. They include heaters that activate with water to heat the main entree(s), and also have snacks that you can just grab and eat as well as drinks that mix with water. Directions are simple, but should be followed.
Taste: All their meals tasted fresh. similar to a packaged or canned meals you would get off the shelf at your supermarket.
Quality: The only quality problems I found was the crackers were broken in a couple of packages. Not a huge deal since I was going to break them anyway. Overall, quality was excellent.
Review: Meal Kit Supply MRE Review
Notes: As far as MREs go, Meal Kit Supply has an excellent product. If MREs are in your plan, you cannot go wrong with these people. I really loved how you can eat one of these meals and drink their beverages right out of the packages (except for the coffee). I also liked how they included plenty of carry with you snacks that you could eat and enjoy later.

MRE Star

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Food Types: MRE (Meal Ready to Eat)
Packaging: Packaging is military spec MRE packaging. Packages were designed to tear open, but I found that I needed a knife to open them.
Preparation: Entres heat with an MRE heater (optionally included) or you can heat by other means. Preparation is fairly simple and takes around twenty minutes. Other included snacks are ready to open and eat. Coffee and drinks need water and something to drink them from to mix and drink.
Taste: These meals taste good. They taste like similar canned or packaged products you might buy at the grocery store.
Quality: Quality was good. I had some issues with the heaters splitting at the seams but not to the point where they failed or were unusable.
Review: MRE Star Review
Notes: MRE Star makes a good product for what seemed like a good price.

Mother Earth Products

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Food Types: Freeze Dried, Dehydrated, and Dried Foods. They also have TVP meats.
Packaging: Pouches are thick and durable.
Preparation: Preparation is easy with just water. Directions are clearly printed on the package of mixes. Typical directions are included for other products.
Taste: All their food tasted fresh and full of flavor.
Quality: I did not have any problems with quality from Mother Earth Products. Everything cooked like it was just cut and cooked fresh.
Review: Mother Earth Products Review
Notes: This company is a new family owned company. The products I saw were all Kosher and Non-GMO products. At this time, they have a nice variety of fruits, vegetables, and other ingredients at a reasonable price. They will soon be adding several new lines including deserts, breads, and dairy products. They also have an excellent selection of TVP (textured vegetable protein) meats.

Mountain House Freeze Dried Foods

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Food Types: Freeze Dried Foods
Packaging: Pouches are thick and resealable. You can cook and eat out of the package.
Preparation: Preparation is easy. You can prepare the food in the package with hot or cold water which makes it a little difficult to be sure you have mixed it completely. Make sure you follow the directions. You can eat out of the package.
Taste: Everything I have tried from mountain house has excellent flavor.
Quality: If properly prepared, food tasted fresh and has good pieces of meat and vegetables depending on what the recipe is.
Review: Mountain House Review and Breakfast Bucket Review
Notes: These people have been around since 1963. They know what we really need. They sell food in pouches for backpacking, hiking, or your bug-out bag, or in #10 cans that are designed to last over 30 years. They have been around that they have even eaten some of their own food that is 30 years old. If you want experience, these guys have it.

Nuvona Premium Emergency Foods

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Food Types: Freeze Dried Foods
Packaging: Pouches are thick and resealable. They are nitrogen flushed and very thick.
Preparation: Preparation is simple with ordinary cooking tools such as as pot, or a whisk.
Taste: This food tastes excellent. I could actually eat this stuff every day.
Quality: This food tasted very fresh and mixed thoroughly and easily.
Review: Nuvona Premium Emergency Food Review
Notes: These people are a small company that has done a great deal of research on what it takes to make food taste delicious and actually last the 25 years that the labeling implies. They also take pride in using Non-GMO ingredients, no fillers or additives like MSG, trans fats or cholesterol.

Survival Cave Foods

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Food Types: Freeze Dried Food and Long term canned meat
Packaging: Pouches are large, thick mylar and resealable.
Preparation: Preparation is easy. Foods are easily prepared in a skillet or pot. It takes a little longer than the preparation time suggests for best flavor and consistency.
Taste: The flavor of the meat is very good. The freeze dried foods taste very good.
Quality: The foods are excellent quality.
Review: Survival Cave Food Freeze Dried Foods and Canned Meat Review
Notes: I was very impressed by the flavors of these foods. The beef tasted like it was slow roasted and the other foods were good enough that I briefly considered entering them in the company soup cookoff just to see what people thought.

What the Star Ratings Mean:
Star Rating Brief Description Comments
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Above and Beyond This company has taken their product to the next level in taste and quality. You will be very happy with this product.
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Excellent This is a very good product. You will be happy with this product.
☆ ☆ ☆ Good This product is or reasonable flavor and quality.
☆ ☆ Lacking This product is of poor quality and flavor. I don't recommend, but it will work.
Unacceptable If I was starving, I would still not eat this.

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  1. Wise Food Storage has a nice selection for long term food storage. It is a little pricey but it comes in high quality storage containers.

    1. I have not been able to get samples from them to review. I hope to be able to review them sometime in the near future.

    2. I hope you do soon. I've invested in Wise and bought some food, and I 'd like to know if another investment is a sound idea.

  2. I've broken my food storage into 3 categories:
    1. Short term storage - grocery store food for up to a year, pastas, rice, canned foods, pb&j, crackers, powdered milk, etc just normal food - I watch the shelf-life & rotate
    2. Long term single serving Mt. House pouches - a year's worth
    3. Long term group servings #10 cans Mt. House & Pro
    vidence Pantry - another year's worth
    I can feed me, dog & cat for a year on regular food if I lose my job & I can feed me and/or friends/neighbors on freeze-dried food for up to a year in the event of a disaster.

    1. That is good. I feel that if you need more than a year, you should be prepared to grow your own food.

  3. I hadn't heard of any of these companies. I'm especially interested in Nuvona Premium Emergency Foods since they don't use GMO's etc. Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to try it!

  4. I've heard of Mountain House, but not the rest. We are notorious for saving in case something may happen and we need emergency supplies. Thanks for breaking these down. Great resource for anyone trying to prepare an emergency food supply.

  5. Thank you for this post! I've been meaning to research this for a long time now and just haven't found the time to do it. This is a great list to get me started and you did a lot of the legwork for me! Katharina

  6. I've heard of all of those companies but i think one should simply dehydrate and vacuum seal foods oneself, and understanding what you can and can't eat in the local area as in plants and fungi, and heavy foods or high in protein are harder to digest and one loses more water.

    1. There are several places where you can purchase the materials to do this. Just make sure you know what you are doing so you don't open your food and find it to be inedible.

  7. Survivalcavefood is one of the best providers out there. Shane is right, it tastes great and is all natural. They are also the only ones that have ready to eat meat right out of the can. Its actually slow pressure cooked in the can and is low fat, low sodium and low cholesterol. Check them out at because they are running some specials now.

  8. Wow - thanks for the tip on Survivalcave canned meats - I just purchased a case from them after watching taste tests on youtube.

  9. So you're lost in the woods and you happen to find a scrubby Apple tree with green apples: Don't pass them up: Take as many as you can carry: Boiled in water until tender over a campfire, the pulp is quite edible and your tummy won't hurt.
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  10. Wild blueberry season has arrived here in Northern NY! Properly dried, canned or frozen, wild edible berries are essential! Up here, in Owls Head they're free for the picking, as long as you're respectful & don't leave garbage behind.

  11. I am a gardener and also besides canning do dehydrate. The only problen I have with some of the prepper foods is the fear of them going bad after about a year. If it came to it, I would also get a cow or goats since the goats eat darn near anything and produce milk too.

  12. This is a great article. It gave me a lot of useful information. thank you very much. Survival Food


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