The Best Survival Food Companies of 2021

Being prepared for the worst is now the reality. 2020 has proved that grocery stores are no longer reliable in disasters. Panic buying is common practise with many essential foods and items wiped off the shelves in no time. 

This is where survival food kits come into play. They offer long term food supply kits for a range of time periods, so in an emergency you and your family have sufficient long lasting food stores.

Most of these kits come in buckets so they can be easily stored and have a shelf-life 25-30 years, so you can purchase and store them away knowing that whenever you need them in the future, they are still great for eating.

Preparation of these foods are also a significant plus. In a disaster, access to electricity or gas might not be possible. Most of these survival food meals are prepared by adding water and waiting 8-10 minutes and they are ready to eat!

This guide introduces the best survival food companies on the markets. These brands encompass a range of survival foods including ones that cater for dietary restrictions such as dairy free, gluten free, soy free, vegetarian, low sugar and more.

Legacy Food Storage

Legacy Food Storage is a popular choice amongst preppers. Their freeze dried meals come in vacuumed sealed bags to give a shelf life of up to 25 years.

Legacy offers the option to choose food storage kits depending on food types (fruit, vegetables, grains, dairy and protein) or by meal (breakfast, lunch/dinner, snack/sides) as well as by serving size. 

Legacy is best known for being one of the best long term food storage providers. The sizes of their food storage kits vary from 120 servings to up to 4 years for a single person, or 4 people for one year with their 4320 serving package.

Meals in their kit include:

  • Oatmeal, pancake mixes and cereals for breakfast
  • Pastas, rice and beans, chilli, soups, mac and chase and stroganoff for lunch and dinner.
  • They also have gluten free options with 72 hour and 6 month gluten free food storage buckets.

We were thoroughly impressed with the taste of the meals and the easy of preparation. The food was high quality with each serving averaging 380 calories. 

Legacy provides the cheapest cost per pound of any food storage company, ensuring you get the BEST value for your money. 

Pros

  • 100% USA owned and produced 
  • Payment plan - if you are on a budget you can pay off your food storage kit with a payment plan
  • Great vegetarian opinions - many meals are vegetarian
  • Gluten free options 
  • Free shipping to continental USA

Cons

  • Not as much protein in meals

BACKPACKER'S Pantry

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Backpacker's Pantry is one of our favorite companies for nutritional and healthy long lasting meals that taste great.

These meals are stacked full of protein, which is not all that common with some companies. Each serving contains roughly 16g of protein. 

The meals are very tasty too. Some of their most popular meals are beef and mushroom stroganoff, fettuccini alfredo with chicken, vegan curry, mac and cheese and chicken risotto!

The variety is great and the prices are very competitive. What we also love is that you can purchase 1,6 or 30 pouches of these meals (each pouch contains 2 servings).

That way you can customize exactly the amount of which meal instead of buying it all prepackaged. 

They are also very easy to prepare. It is as simple as adding hot water to the contents and waiting 15 minutes before it is ready to eat. 


4Patriots

4Patriots has some of the best value, most tasty, made in the USA survival foods on the market.

Their survival food kits come with 24 different recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

If demand is anything to go by, you know 4Patriots is good. Their 3 month food supply kit has been sold out for over a year, but it is finally back.

The best selling 3 month kit comes in at under $600 (!!!) and contains 688 meal servings. 

This is a total of 135,440 calories - approximately 1500 a day.

Recipes include: 

Chilli, rice and beans, burgers, mac and cheese, soup, stew, stroganoff, spaghetti, marinara and alfredo pasta! Breakfasts include oatmeal, pancakes and even puddings for dessert!

Their variety of recipes is second to none.

4Patriots kits have a 25 year shelf life and are packaged in disaster resistant triple layer mylar pouches to keep your food protected. These pouches protect against air, light and moisture.

The pouches have also been vacuumed sealed to remove excess air. This keeps the flavour of the food preserved for years!

4Patriots make all their kits in the USA in their Utah Family-owned facility, so you know the food is high quality. They also support veterans and their families through a number of great charities.

We highly recommend checking out 4Patriots for your survival food kit needs.

Pros

  • Great variety of exciting and tasty meals - breakfast, entrees, desserts, snacks and drinks
  • Meals prepared in minutes
  • 25 year shelf life
  • Free gifts upon purchase - free 72 hour kit, garden seed collection, multi-tool when purchasing the 3 month kit!
  • 100% money back guarantee within a year!

Cons

  • More pricey than other brands

Valley Food Storage

Valley Food Storage has some of the best tasting survival foods on the market.

They pride themselves on having healthy emergency foods using non-GMO ingredients and no added sugar or extra calories. Valley uses simple ingredients in order to provide you with the best quality and nutritious food for energy and sustenance.

Valley Food Storage kits have a shelf-life of up to 25 years and are all packed into a water-resistant bucket for long lasting.

What They Offer

Valley has a multitude of kit options including long term food storage kits and starter food kits.

You can also separately purchase breakfast, lunch and dinner, fruit and veg and protein options. 

They have kits that cater for various dietary restrictions such as gluten free, dairy free, soy free and vegetarian needs.

The long term food kits come with a variety of breakfast, lunch, dinner options all packed with protein and vegetables. The serving sizes range from 175 servings to 4200 servings.

Wise also have bulk freeze dried fruit and vegetables such as freeze dried apples, bananas, strawberries and vegetables such as broccoli, potatoes and corn. Mixed freeze dried fruit and freeze dried vegetable buckets are also available, as is a combination of the two.

Pros

  • Great variety of meals
  • GMO free
  • Plenty of gluten and dairy free options
  • Good sized portions

Cons

  • Lower calorie intake per meal
  • Need water and heat source to prepare

My Patriot Supply

My Patriot Supply is a market leader in emergency food supply kits. 

Why we like My Patriot Supply is because of the number of calories per day. 

Each emergency food supply has over 2000 calories per day. This is the ideal amount for an adult to maintain good energy levels.

They have a variety of emergency food kits for different lengths of time including: 

72 hour, 1 week, 2 week, 4 week, 3 month, 6 month and 1 year.

Their best selling emergency food kit is the 2 week kit that offers 

The meals that My Patriot Supply include: 

  • Pancakes and oatmeal for breakfast
  • Mac and cheese, stroganoff, chicken and rice, mashed potatoes, potato soups for lunch and dinner

The simplicity of the meals are perfect for children.

 My Patriot Supply is also one of the cheapest options averaging at $11 per 2000 calories where brands like Legacy, Wise and Mountain House priced from $17 to $28 per 2000 calories.

Pros

  • 2000 calories per day
  • Many options and length kits to choose from
  • Affordable
  • 2 day delivery on all survival supplies
  • 10% military discount
  • Sizes - offer survival foods in buckets, pouches, ammo cans, #10 cans
  • they sell survival coffee - many brands do not!

Cons

  • Meals are more plain (this can be a pro for those with fussy kids!)

Wise is a popular brand that has emergency food kits for families, individuals and couples. They offer long term food kits as well as single meals and starter kits.

Most of Wise’s emergency food kits have a shelf life of 25 years. This makes it perfect for preppers, campers and hikers. Their kits consist of many freeze dried food staples such as eggs, fruits, vegetables and meats. 

They also offer food storage kits for dietary requirements such as vegetarian and gluten free. They also have organic options.

Wise uses high quality US ingredients and all the food has been preserved, and can be prepared easily with water.

What they Offer

Wise offer a whole range of different emergency food storage options but one of their best selling products is the grab and go kits.

These kits come in 60, 84 or 120 serving options and you can choose kits that contain breakfast options, entree options or a combination of both.

In the breakfast grab and go kits you will find breakfast options like cereals and granolas.

Whereas in the entree kit you will find more substantial meals such as: pastas, rice, soups, lasagne, stroganoff, casseroles to name a few!

The breakfast and entree kit is the perfect mix of both to provide you with meals you can eat throughout the whole day.

Wise Company also makes long term food options for 30 days, 3 month and 6 month time periods that are made for 2 people.

These long term kits are made with:

  • Breakfast buckets
  • Entree buckets
  • Whey milk
  • Calorie boosts

Pros

  • Top quality ingredients
  • Great variety of meals in the entree bucket
  • Long term options - food storage kits with enough food to last 2 people up to 6 months
  • 25 year shelf-life

Cons

  • Little more expensive than other brands

Mountain House

Mountain House has long life food storage kits for anything. They specialize in kits specifically for preppers and emergency food, for camping, backpacking and hiking, endurance training and hunting and fishing.

Mountain House has emergency food kits to last for 3 days, 30 days, 3 months, 6 months or 1 year to fit your prepping needs. The kits are designed for 1 user. However with the 1 year kit for one person, it can be used by 4 people over 3 months.

Each food supply kit has approximately 1700 calories per day for each day specified.

Meals in the emergency kit include recipes like: stroganoff, mac and cheese, chicken and rice meals and breakfast dishes such as a breakfast skillet and granola.

One of the top comments about Mountain House is how great the food tastes! I have to agree that Mountain House tastes just like the real deal without any hassle required.

Each meal is very easy to prepare. Simply add water straight to the pouch and the food will be ready in minutes. No pots, heating, refrigeration or cleanup required.

They also offer bulk deals of individual meals.

Mountain House emergency food kits have the longest shelf life of up to 30 years.

Pros

  • Range of kits to choose from
  • Assortment of sizes - pouches, #10 cans, kits and buckets of food
  • Great tasting food
  • Pouches are resealable so you can reseal and eat later without wasting
  • Very easy to prepare - just add water and wait 8-10 minutes and the food is ready

Cons

  • Limited choices for meals
  • Not many gluten free options
  • Need can opener to open #10 can

Augason Farms

The team at Augason Farms have 40 years of experience in prepper emergency food kits under their belts. 

They are best known for their #10 size cans filled with individual foods like various fruits, vegetables, meats and food mixes such as pancake mix, scrambled egg mix and soup mix. They also make #10 cans filled with staples such as dried egg, cheese, butter, shortening, sugar, flour, rice, oats and peanut butter powder to name a few.

Augason Farms emergency food kits are very affordable. They have a variety of options to select. The kits are designed to last 1 person anywhere up to 30 days. 

Included in the bucket are meals such as soups, rice, macaroni, instant potatoes, and oatmeal.

The downsides are the food is not the best tasting and the meals that Augason Farm include in their food storage kits are not as good as other brands.

However the cheap price makes it a viable option for many preppers who are not willing to pay extra for more interesting meals but rather just tick the box of having an emergency food supply. 

Pros

  • Best low budget option
  • Square pail buckets for easy storage and stacking
  • Variety of sizes from 72 hour to 1 year food storage kits
  • Free shipping on 6 month and 1 year food supply kits
  • Sell soup and drink mixes in #10 cans

Cons

  • Low protein
  • Does not come with bucket lid opener - recommended that you keep a wrench nearby for easy opening
  • Requires cooking - Augason Farms food is not as easy as adding boiling water. You have to cook it in boiling water for around 15 minutes.

My Patriot Supply 

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My Patriot Supply is another budget option. Many preppers just want to be covered and have peace of mind in an emergency without burning a hole in their pockets. My Patriot Supply is one of the cheapest emergency food companies on the market.

The only thing is the food is not ‘instant’. Like other companies, it is not the just add water approach. Rather the food needs to be heated. 

Having tried it, we can say that the food is tasty and the meals are substantial. The kits have roughly 2000 calories per person per day. The meals are filled with proteins without any extra calories or sugars to bolster the calorie number. They are simply pure goodness.

What They Offer

Having tried a number of their products, we personally recommend the Ultimate Preparedness Kit. Like the name states it has everything you need plus more.

The Ultimate Preparedness Kit contains:

  • A month of emergency food supply - over 2000 calories per day
  • Solo stove - Rocket stove fueled by sticks and twigs to cook your food
  • Stainless steel water filtration system (large capacity)
  • Stainless steel dishes
  • Solar panel for charging devices

Pros

  • Best low budget option
  • Square pail buckets for easy storage and stacking
  • Variety of sizes from 72 hour to 1 year food storage kits
  • Free shipping on 6 month and 1 year food supply kits
  • Sell soup and drink mixes in #10 cans

Cons

  • drinks included in total calories

What to Look for When Buying Food Storage Kits

Food Quality

Ensuring the food quality of the emergency food supply is the most important consideration. A top quality kit should have meals that are filled with protein, carbohydrates, fat and nutrients. They should have enough calories to sustain your energy levels. 

High quality kits will also have US sourced ingredients.

Once high quality is checked, taste is also important! In an emergency, having good, hearty meals is huge for boosting morale. Check customer reviews before purchasing as many include people’s opinions on how the food tastes!

Dietary Requirements

Any dietary requirements you or a family member have should never go out the window when discussing survival foods. Many brands cater for various requirements such as gluten free, vegetarian, dairy free and soy free. There are also brands that will offer organic options. 

Pricing

Price is an important consideration to many and you don’t want to be paying more than you have to. We have averaged the price across a number of brands to give you the range you can expect to pay for emergency food supplies for different lengths of time.

For 3 month emergency food supplies, you will roughly be paying between $600 and $900. A food supply for a year can be between $3000 and $4000.

When checking prices be sure that you are comparing like for like. Kits may have different numbers of calories, so this may be reflected in a higher price.

Shelf Life

Purchasing emergency food kits is an investment in yourself and your loved ones in the event of an emergency. You want to be able to have these kits for years given they are not cheap. Check the company beforehand, but all the companies on this list guarantee 25-30 year shelf life on these foods.

Where Do I Store my Kit?

These buckets are intended to be stored in a room temperature environment, out of the direct sunlight. 

As long as they are kept in a low/moderate temperature, low light, low oxygen and low moisture environment, it will ensure that they will hold up for the whole shelf-life. Over exposure to any of the previously mentioned factors can cause the food to prematurely spoil.

Most of the time, they will come in a stackable bucket or container for easy storage in a cupboard.

How Much Do I Purchase?

Doing simple calculations will provide an accurate estimate on how many calories you will need.

Adult males will require 3000 calories per day, adult females will require 2300 and children will need 2000. Simply work out the number of daily calories for your family and multiply this by the days you want to have food for. 

When prepping, it is recommended that you have enough food for a minimum of 3 days.

Freeze Dried Foods

Many emergency food brands offer a range of freeze dried foods such as protein, fruits, vegetables 

Freeze Dried food is great because it is great quality and maintains a great taste.

If you are in search of freeze dried foods we would direct you towards Augason Farms who have a massive selection.

What is the Difference between Freeze Dried Foods and Dehydrated Foods?

Freeze dried and dehydrated can be used interchangeably however there is a noticeable difference.

With freeze dried foods, up to 99% of moisture is extracted whereas with dehydrated up to 95% is removed.

This alters shelf-life.

Freeze dried foods can have a 30 year shelf life whereas dehydrated foods usually have a 15-20 year shelf-life.

In terms of nutritional differences, dehydrated food is better. They have greater amounts of vitamins and minerals compared to freeze dried foods. 

How to Prepare Emergency Food

For most emergency food supply meals you will just need to add water. The desired amount of water added will be specified on the packet but it is generally 1 cup of water. The water should be hot or boiling. Then all you need to do is wait for 8-10 minutes and the food will be ready to eat.

Some however will require heating in a pan, which can be convenient for some but a pain for others.

Double check the method of preparation before purchase so you know you are getting the right stuff!

Conclusion

We hope to have introduced you to the best survival food companies in the USA. We definitely recommend you checking them out, as each company is different and has different pros and cons.

Ultimately any on the list will provide you with great quality survival foods, ensuring you are stocked with long lasting foods for any disaster.