The Place of Junk Food in Long-term Food Storage

This is a guest post By Bam Bam

I imagine that most of you are like my dh and I: we tend to stay away from junk food. But I have been reconsidering the role of junk food in our food storage. The primary reason we stay away from junk food is the empty calories—junk food tends to go to our waists (and other non-disclose-able locations). And in the interests of health, we have eliminated most junk foods from our diet.

But in a post collapse environment, we will be doing a lot more physical labor: gardening, gathering and splitting wood, hauling water, hunting wild game. Walking and biking will likely be our primary mode of transportation. So I think it is safe to say that post collapse, we will be burning extra calories. So a little junk food won’t hurt.

Junk food may actually serve an important role post collapse. We have all heard about food fatigue. During food shortages in the past, many have simply refused to eat. Especially at risk of food fatigue are children and the elderly. When people get sick of the “same old, same old,” they simply stop eating. When people are expected to eat foods to which they are not accustomed, they may choose not to eat at all. This has been borne out time and time again throughout history. An important role of junk food in one’s food storage, therefore, is to prevent food fatigue.

It is no coincidence that junk foods are also called “comfort” foods. Junk food can help to calm frazzled nerves during a time of great stress. For children, as well as for adults, junk food can provide a sense of normalcy. In America we celebrate events with junk food—Valentines Day, Easter, Christmas. And what would weddings and birthdays be without cake? A couple of instant cake mixes and brownie mixes will go a long way in helping your family adjust to the new normal—whatever that may be.

The aim of this article, therefore, is to think up various kinds of junk/comfort foods that are shelf stable and have a reasonable shelf life. Please have a look at the following list and add your thoughts below.

(Note: I do recommend that folks take care of the basics before investing in junk food—a three month supply of food your family eats regularly and a solid long-term food storage including rice, beans, wheat, oatmeal, sugar, honey, salt and powdered milk.)

Without further ado, the question of the day: what junk foods do you have stored for your family?

Junk Food/Comfort Food Items

Jam/Jelly
Maple Syrup
Chocolate Chips
Hard Candy
Jello/Pudding
Drink Mix
Beef Jerky
Pop Corn
Graham Crackers
Goldfish Crackers
Peanut M & M
Regular M & M
Pretzel M & M
Peanuts
Raisins
Cashews
Pretzels
Sunflower Seeds
Granola Bars
Cereal Bars
Chocolate
Pop Tarts
Cereal (Captain Crunch, Sugar Pops, etc.)

Knowing my dh’s sweet tooth, I asked for his input.

DH ponders the following question, “If I were stranded on a deserted island, what junk foods would I want to have in my mouth at death?” [spoken in his most inquisitive narrator voice]:

Little Debbie Devil Food Cake
Little Debbie Zebra Cakes
Hostess Twinkies
Hostess Cupcakes (Chocolate)
Hostess Raspberry Coconut Zingers
Nabisco Honey Graham Crackers (Cinnamon)
Moon Pies
Oreo Cookies (Double Filled)
Cracker Jacks
Keebler Chocolate Chip Cookies
Nilla Vanilla Wafers
Royal Instant Banana Pudding
Royal Instant Chocolate Pudding
Royal Instant Vanilla Pudding
Ginger Snaps
Kit Kats
Mr. Goodbar
Hershey’s Krackle Bar
Malted Milk Balls
JuJubes
Twizzlers (Strawberry)
Gummy Bears
Gummy Worms
Banana Bike Taffy
Banana Bubble Gum Cigars
Candy Cigarettes
Cactus Candy
Heath Bar
Peanut Brittle
Chocolate Covered Macadamia Nuts
Chocolate Covered Cherries
Chocolate Covered Peanuts
Yoo-Hoo!
Triple XXX Root Beer
Orange Crush
Squirt
Dr. Pepper
Cherry Coke
NuGrape Soda

Okay. So now you have my list and my dh’s list. What do you plan on stocking as a treat for your family? Please share your ideas below.

Additional Reading

[1] http://www.thesurvivalistblog.net/why-you-should-include-comfort-foods-in/

[2]http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2104472_2104473_2104531,00.html

[3] http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/08/weekinreview/08manny.html

Comments

  1. Encourager says:

    Okay, Pack! I have 25# of soft wheat berries to put up. I want to use my 5 gallon bucket and have a gamma lid for it. I also want to use dry ice, and I can’t remember how to do it. Does the dry ice go in the bucket first? Or do you put in a few inches of berries first? I think I remember you must leave the lid ajar until the dry ice is gone or the bucket could explode.

    Help???

  2. I know this will sound impossible, but after a bout with both bronchitis and and upper respiratory infection, the impossible sleep due to coughing desperately led me to Fire Jolly Ranchers. I kid you not….my mom was right and they DO work. Due to their sugar content, they are easy to store for years. Yes, I do have bags and bags that I stash away. Now, I’ll find a container with an oxy-pack for good measure and put it in the long term storage. 🙂 Plus, they are yummy. Butterscotch disks will also be nestled right beside them.

  3. EB.Esquire says:

    Welchs makes fruit snacks that you can buy at Costco in bulk, that are packed in vitamins and very low in fat and carbs. I have two boxes stored away. Target also makes their brand in almost the same style.
    Pop Tarts do not store for very long. FYI.
    Granola bars only have about a 6 month shelf life.

  4. nutflush55S82 says:

    Hi first time post, brit guy in madrid, found these choc chip biscuit/cookie bars in my local shop, 70 euro cents retail, this is the nutritional content
    You could try find something similar
    Name: Chiquilin Energy
    4 thin, 5 or 6 cm across, chocolate biscuit bars, 50 grams per pack:
    Calories per 100 grams
    484 calories
    Protein 6.5g
    Carbs 66g of which sugars 28g
    Fat 25g, 14g saturated
    Fibre 3.5g
    Salt 0.24g

    Vitamins: 15% recomended D A of:
    E B12 B6 D Calcium Phosforous

    made with powdered eggscooa powder cocoa butter powdered egg

    Also try and find Marmite or bovril, Both are love or hate but are beef and vegetable extracts, very think paste super hig B12 and other god vits, can be diluted with hot water, spreadable also Veggiemite

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