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Survival Food: Peanut Butter

One of my biggest priorities in Preparedness is increasing my food stores. Although not difficult – for me it is a matter of money, space, organization and planning.

One of my favorite food storage staples is peanut butter. Peanut butter can be eaten right out of the jar, on crackers, on bread – it just tastes great. From a nutritional viewpoint – peanut butter does pretty well. High inĀ fat and containing equal amounts of carbohydrates and protein – it has the calories needed to make a big dent in your caloric intake needs daily.

Now – I have no plans to live on peanut butter – but it certainly can be included in a post-TSHTF diet. It also could be a great morale booster for those that may be getting board with their survival diet. Peanut butter is also very useful as an ingredient in baking.

Shelf life is excellent – coming in easily between 1.5 to 2 years or more for a jar. I have found that some brands are lower than others – so shop around. Since my family consumes peanut butter on a regular basis – it is an easy food item to rotate on the shelf to keep fresh.

Cost? Very cheap. Buying on sale as well as using coupons a typical jar can run under $2.00. Also – multi-packs as well as large value sized jar can be purchased at a discount at wholesale clubs like Costco and SAM’s Club.

Peanut butter is a great addition to any size food storage program – whether it be a 72 hour kit or a 1 year supply.

Time to go get some Ritz crackers and peanut butter. Yum!


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8 comments to Survival Food: Peanut Butter

  • audience883

    I completely agree. Peanut butter is the best food for storage and every day. It’s useful for any meal from breakfast, lunch, dinner and emergency chow. I have to confess that Jif is my absolute favorite brand. It’s a surprisingly good way to combine ingredients that folks don’t normally eat together in one meal, which is something that could very well happen if and when hell breaks loose.

  • Jason

    Great post. I prefer storing the smaller containers due to previously having the larger containers go rancid within a couple of years of storage. I honestly have used (g/f kind of freaks out seeing this) four year old store bought peanut butter that’s been stored in a 65 F degree basement. Just this spring, I use to get the small containers for $1 each, now they are $1.25 each ‘on sale’. I also store the powdered peanut butter as part of my long term supplies. Slathering peanut butter on homemade flatbread is delicious as a snack.

  • GoneWithTheWind

    I love PB and snack on it regularly out of the jar. One thing I noticed is if I buy a different brand my first reaction is generally that this tastes better then the previous brand. But then when it’s gone and I buy the previous brand I discover that IT tastes better then the last one. It seems our tastes like slightly different flavors and this could be construed as one brand beng superior to the other brand. Since the price on different brands is different it may pay to taste test your choices and decide if you really want to pay more for Skippy or whichever one it is you are partial to. By all means buy the one you like best but don’t assume that your favorite brand is in fact the best tasting PB on the shelf

  • Peanut butter is the best go to food ever!
    When I was younger and single, my folks would send care packages that always had peanut butter in it. My wife buys the bulk packs from Costco now because of my love of PB. I’ve never had a jar of peanut butter go more than a month or two so I can’t talk to its longevity. Man, when I saw you were talking about it I got shivers! You can ask anyone in my family…I love this stuff. Jeeez, I’m salivating! Be right back…got to go get a spoonful.

  • Rourke

    You made me want some now!!!


  • I keep a good amount of PB in my BoB – excellent calories/protein to weight ratio. The other main foods in the BoB are corned beef and chocolate.

  • Rourke

    I hope you don’t mix that corned beef and hash! Yuck!


  • Ginger

    Peanut butter is good for you, but not all peanut butter is created equal! Most major brands are made from hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils, which are trans fats. Look for PB that only contains peanuts and salt, or perhaps some palm oil to make it creamy. Our family likes Skippy Natural.