10 shelf-stable lunches

Ten Lunches
Prepping 101 Series: Food storage dinners

How to Start prepping
Gather ten lunches! It's totally normal for newbie preppers to get
overwhelmed on where to start with food storage. One way to get
started prepping is to plan your meals ahead by meal categories.
Start with one mealtime: breakfast, lunch or dinner. Then work
towards your next goal until you have a supply of shelf-stable
meals on hand for a week.

You'll feel happy when you have gathered ten lunches for your
preppers. This list of ten shelf-stable lunches is just to get your
wheels spinning with ideas. Remember always, the foremost rule
of prepping: buy what you eat and eat what you buy!

Food Storage Lunch Ideas for Preppers
Here are some ideas for ten shelf-stable lunches for preppers:

Shelf Stable Lunch #1: Tuna salad and crackers.
Set aside one box of crackers for two or three cans of tuna and a
small jar mayonnaise (and figure out the portions for your family).
You'll want a small jar, because mayonnaise goes bad quickly
when its not refrigerated.  Enhance the tuna salad to your
family's preferences, which might include a jar of pickle relish or a
can of olives, freeze dried celery and onions, or whatever you
grow fresh from the garden. You might also select  grab and go
tuna salad kits, which are a civilian-style MRE (meals ready to

  • GoPicnic Meals: GoPicnic has a line of shelf-stable lunches.
    A classic of the ready to eat meals is the tuna and crackers
    meal which has  a gourmet flair. This shelf stable meal
    complete with zesty lemon pepper tuna spread, crunchy
    multi-grain crackers, Ginger Zip fruit and nut mix,
    unsweetened applesauce, and a long-lasting fleur de sel
    caramel lollipop for dessert!

  • Bumble Bee Tuna Salad Kits: Pictured at the top right hand
    of the page, Bumble Bee makes tuna salad kits are ideal for
    a protein rich solution for lunch.

For a heartier lunch combo: pair your tuna salad with your favorite
can of soup.

Shelf Stable Lunch #2: Peanut butter or sun butter
and crackers.
Like the tuna salad idea, set aside a jar of your favorite nut
butter and three large boxes of crackers. For the PBJ fans in your
family, try also adding the jelly or fruit preserve. Who says
peanut butter and jelly is only for sandwiches? It might become a
new family favorite. Kids love chocolate hazelnut spread, but with
all nuts, be mindful of allergies and watch recalls as peanut
butter is prone to Salmonella.

  • For a heartier lunch combo: pair your nut butter and crackers
    with a mix of dried fruits, such as raisins, dried cranberries,
    banana chips or dried apricots. Nuts and fruit just seem to
    go together!

Shelf Stable Lunch #3: Canned hummus and pita
Made of garbanzo beans, hummus is an ancient prepper food, and
you can learn to make it yourself or buy hummus ready-made in a
can, immediate right. Hummus is also available as a mix (just
add olive oil and water). Because its made with beans, it's high in
protein. Serve hummus with baked pita chips, which have a longer
shelf life than pita bread and add greek olives to nosh! Stacy's
Pita chips, pictured immediate right, are non-GMO. With Izzie
sparkling juice, also in a 24-pack, you have a gourmet lunch! If
you are lucky enough to grow your cucumbers or tomatoes, they
will make a perfect accompaniment.

  • For a heartier lunch combo: pair your hummus and pita chip
    lunch with a heavy dried fruit, such as dried apricots, dates
    or prunes.

Shelf Stable Lunch #4: Bean dip tostadas.
Spread a black bean dip (or your favorite refried beans from a
can) on ready made tostada shells. Garnish with a can of black
olives, chunky salsa, and if you are lucky to have it --  fresh
lettuce, tomatoes or cucumbers from your garden! Be sure to pack
some freeze dried cheese, and freeze dried sour cream, all
pictured left. Old El Paso Tostada Shells are available in bulk,
immediate left. In all you'll get 144 tostada shells for your
prepper's pantry!

  • For a heartier lunch combo: pair your tostada and bean meal
    with freeze dried or canned ground beef, or canned chicken

Shelf Stable Lunch #5: Hearty Tortilla soup base with
canned chicken.
Start with a tortilla soup base, then add a can of chicken to a
tortilla soup and garnish with tortilla chips.

So there you have it:
Get started prepping by assembling shelf-
stable lunches for your family.

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