Canned Foods to Keep on Hand

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When it comes to stocking your home with canned foods that you can use for meals in the future, it doesn’t get much better than canned foods. Yes, they will have more sodium than other foods, but this is for a reason. The salt helps to preserve the food so it still tastes good months or years later.

Here are some of the best canned foods to have on hand.

Tuna and Salmon

One of the best types of canned food you can keep in your home is canned tuna and/or salmon. They will last quite a while and provide you with quick protein that doesn’t need to be cooked or prepared at all. You can eat the tuna right from the can, so getting pop tops is even more convenient.

You can also get other forms of meat in a can, though they might take a little getting used to. However, tuna and salmon are very common and something most people can enjoy.

Soup, Chili, and Beans

Another excellent option for keeping canned foods stocked up is your soup and chili. Soup, chili, and beans are easy to use in meals or just eat on their own, provide protein and fiber, and last in the pantry for a long time.

Canned soup and chili can be heated up for a quick meal when you don’t have much time and aren’t able to pick up food elsewhere. You can make it easier for yourself by getting pop tops, but even a cheap can opener would work.

With beans, they work as a side dish, to make your own chili, and work in so many different recipes. If you are on a vegetarian diet, they are an excellent plant-based protein source.


Chances are, you grew up eating canned vegetables. Corn, green beans, peas, and so many more vegetables come in cans and are very convenient. While you might prefer fresh or frozen vegetables as much as possible, it is still good to stock up on canned veggies. They work great as side dishes, put into soups or chilis, and are ideal for stocking up emergency food.


Lastly, don’t forget about your canned liquids! Fruit juice, vegetable juice, evaporated milk, coconut milk, and broth all often come in aluminum cans. These tend to last longer than other containers in your pantry, so it is good to at least stock up a little bit on these types of items.