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With the current coronavirus alarm, many of us are thinking about Keto Emergency Preparedness and Low Carb Emergency Food. I’ve been a “prepare for the worst and hope for the best” kind of person my entire life, but when I went keto my old emergency food stockpile didn’t meet my new way of eating. So I did all the research, and this is what my Keto survival kit looks like today.

P.S. Be sure to read past the list of keto emergency food to learn what else you need to as a keto prepper.

Keto Emergency Food Stockpile

  • Water
  • Canned Tuna
  • Canned Salmon
  • Canned Sardines
  • Canned Chicken
  • Smoked Salmon
  • Beef Jerky
  • Beef Sticks
  • Coconut Oil
  • Lard
  • Olive Oil
  • Distilled Spirits
  • Frozen Meat
  • Frozen Spinach
  • Frozen Broccoli
  • Frozen Brussels sprouts
  • Peanut Butter
  • Coconut Butter
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Swerve
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Mayonnaise
  • Mustard
  • Hot Sauce
  • Pickles
  • Salt

Now let’s dig into why you need to have a keto emergency food supply, and why the items on this Ketogenic Prepper Food List made the cut.

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Why Do You Need A Ketogenic Emergency Food Supply?

We’ve all heard of the Doomsday Preppers, but you don’t have to be preparing for armageddon to choose to be prepared for difficult times. As a matter of fact, even the United States government encourages every American to be a prepper, and they provide invaluable disaster preparedness information on their dedicated website at Ready.gov.



In what kinds of situations will you want food storage for your keto diet?

  • Coronavirus Quarantine
  • Hurricane
  • Tornado
  • Power Outage
  • Impassable Roads
  • Civil Unrest
  • Pandemic or Epidemic
  • And countless other situations where being at home is safer than traveling

What Kinds of Keto Foods Do We Include In Our Low Carb Emergency Food Stockpile?

When choosing items for our list of food storage for keto, we looked for foods that had some or all of the following characteristics.

  1. Shelf Stable – Critical
  2. Low Carb – Critical
  3. High Fat – Preferred
  4. High Protein – Preferred

As you go through our list of keto emergency food above, you’re going to see that most of those items hit all for the desired characteristics. You are also going to see that most of them can be eaten as standalone keto hurricane snacks, or mixed together to create easy emergency keto meals.

You’ll also want to think carefully about how the foods on that list are going to last in different situations.

For example, if you lose power the frozen items are going to have to be consumed in just a few days. Likewise, some of the items on the list are going to be shelf-stable for a long time, until they are opened. However, once they are opened, they will require refrigeration.

Because of this ‘refrigerate after opening’ requirement, you might want to consider stockpiling smaller containers of some items so you can consume them entirely if refrigeration isn’t an option. For example, canned meats and mayonnaise…which coincidently, make a nice low carb emergency meal when mixed together and completed with some standard kitchen spices.

I bet you’re still wondering why we included water on the list, and why we choose to make it the #1 item on the list.

I’m sure you’ve heard the Survival Rules of 3, even if you didn’t know the name.

You can Live 3 Minutes without Oxygen, 3 Days without Water, and 3 Weeks without Food

If for some reason you couldn’t drink the tap water in your home, one of your most crucial needs is going to be clean drinking water.

The United States CDC recommends that you store one gallon of water per person and pet per day They go on to recommend that you should have enough for at least two weeks.

That means a family of four would need four gallons a day, or 56 gallons for two weeks. That’s a lot of water.

Our family stores as much water as we can, changing it out regularly so it remains fresh. We are usually pretty close to a two week supply, but what if the water outage outlasts our water stockpile? For that, we rely upon a Berkey Water Filter.

Berkey Water Filters on Amazon

We’ve owned a Big Berkey for over twelve years, and love it. Honestly, we’ve never used it in an emergency situation even though we live in tornado alley; and we hope we’ll never have to use it in such a situation. However, we do use it daily.

Our Berkey sets on the counter in the kitchen, and our family of four drinks at least three gallons a day from its tap.

To be fair, the Berkey purifies our water so well that it’s relatively tasteless, like bottled water. But, as you know from my article about supplementing on a Keto Diet, I think supplementing trace minerals is essential when on a ketogenic diet. We keep a bottle of Concentrace Mineral Drops right by our Berkey, and every glass of water gets a few drops of minerals. Not only does it help keep your electrolytes right, but it adds flavor to that purified water.

If you want to see the brand of mineral drops my family uses, you can find them here on Amazon.

Here is a link to Amazon for the Big Berkey we that we own.



What Other Items Should You Include In Your Keto Emergency Preparedness Stockpile?

Think about the things that would ‘force’ you to leave your home when you otherwise would choose to stay safe at home or things that would make your stay at home safer. Some common examples include:

  • Prescription Medications
  • Over the Counter Medications
  • Wound Care – Bandages & Antibiotic Ointment
  • Toilet Paper
  • Feminine Hygiene Products

As you go through your daily life, just make a few notes about the things that you ‘need’ for your physical or mental health, and be sure to stock them a little more heavily just in case you need them someday.

What about Keeping Non-Keto Food in your Emergency Food Storage?

Honestly, this depends on your will power.

A traditional prepper’s food list would include a lot of carbs. They rely upon carbs because they are CHEAP, are shelf-stable for years in some cases, and are ideal for really long term storage. They are also very calorie-dense and would help fatten you up if you were starving.

“Starving” is the keyword here. These shelf-stable carbs are great starvation food that you can store hoping that you never have to eat them.

If you can always remember that those five-gallon buckets of grains and pasta are there only as Starvation Food, then maybe you should have a few in the back of your basement like we do.

Starvation Prepper Food can include:

  • Dried Beans
  • Whole Grains (if you have something to grind it)
  • White rice (if you don’t have a grinder)

If you don’t have any emergency food and want to get starvation food taken care of today, you can order some very non-keto emergency food kits on Amazon. It’s not great food, and it’s certainly not keto, but it’s better than starvation. As an added bonus, it has an insane shelf life of up to 25 years, so you can buy it once and be prepared for decades.

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Keto Emergency Food Storage Conclusion

You will probably never be in a situation where you can’t or shouldn’t leave your home for an extended period of time. However, there is little doubt that you will be in a situation where you’ll be stuck at home for a few days or more.

The situation could be as mundane as a sick kid, as common as a big snowstorm, or as scary as a tornado or hurricane.

It would be sad if a few days stuck at home got you back in the habit of eating carbs, so at the very least you should stockpile a week or more of shelf-stable keto food items.

However, there is a remote chance that a larger disaster might strand you at home, and in that case you would wish you’d stocked up a little more.

You don’t have to go out and buy it all at once. Just decide where your keto food stockpile is going to be stored, then each time you go shopping get one extra thing to begin to stock your food storage.

And don’t forget to rotate out your older shelf-stable low-carb food for new purchases so your food prep storage is always ready should you ever need it.

Keto is better than non-keto, but eating something is better than starvation; so don’t be afraid of having a starvation bucket of dried and preserved food ‘just in case’, and don’t forget to plan for the water you’ll need to drink and rehydrate that starvation food.

Plan for worst, hope for the best. ~Angela


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