Keto Food List. A survival pantry for a nuclear apocalypse.

keto shopping list for survival

Countries with nuclear weapons have been acting crazily the last few days. Ok, we don’t even want to think that these days are the last. But it’s better to be safe than sorry. Here is our keto shopping list for survival.

If a crazy guy with the red button decides to push it, you may prefer to be close to a nuclear explosion. In other cases, you will need to survive and have your keto shopping list for survival ready. Or even done shopping.

It sounds ridiculous, but in the case of nuclear apocalypses, we, people on the keto diet, may have a better chance.

We eat less often than people on high-carb diets, and we are more focused and concentrated (which are crucial qualities in this situation). We know now, from people from Ukraine, that keto helps them. So, even though I do hope the nuclear threat is not real, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

The worst thing about any event like a nuclear attack, lockdown, or natural disaster is panic, as a result of which some people begin to sweep away food from stores, while others leave with nothing suitable.

Luckily for the keto tribe, people prefer to buy grains and sugar, so we can have preserves, prosciutto, and dark chocolate.

This list I first made for coronavirus lockdown, taking into consideration that I don’t have a special storage room, a cool cellar, or even a separate freezer. This means that my set of keto products should be as ergonomic as possible, and the products themselves should be as nutritious and valuable as possible. Therefore, frozen liver – yes, but frozen vegetables – no.

I updated this list, keeping in mind that we could be experiencing electricity issues in a nuclear situation. So the majority of food should be easily stored without refrigeration.

For example, if on normal days canned food is not the best choice for a regular basis, because of the packaging itself, then in the event of an apocalypse there is no point in being picky.

An important point: if the apocalypse comes, then, for example, there will be no eggs, which means that some recipes can’t be cooked. Who needs sweeteners in such a situation?

The Keto Shopping List For Survival

The shelf life of keto products is standard for unopened packages, cans, and bottles, but the manufacturer may have their own thoughts on this matter – and they are most likely to be shorter. Don’t forget to check the release date on the packaging. Don’t buy “dead” or “almost dead” food. Many of these keto foods survive the “date of death” just fine, but it’s better to be safe.

Store in a dark, dry, cool place:

  • Salt.
  • Ghee. 9 months.
  • Olive oil. Up to 24 months!
  • Coconut oil. 3-6 months.
  • Coconut flour. 3-6 months. By the way, it can be stored both in the refrigerator or in the freezer (if there is still room in the refrigerator). In the latter case, the shelf life will be extended to one to two years.
  • Dry coconut milk. 3-6 months.
  • Shelled nuts. Up to 12 months. Peeled – store in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.
  • Chocolate. The darker, the better. Black will last 9-12 months.
  • Coconut wraps.
  • Dried mushrooms. 12 months. Let’s not waste precious space in the refrigerator on canned food. Use dried mushrooms.
  • Sublimated berries and vegetables. Up to 24 months.
  • Nut butter. 6 months
  • Tea. Shelf life will greatly depend on the variety and method of storage. In a tin or earthenware sealed container, it will last from 9 months to a year. In reality, of course, it will take longer; it will simply lose some taste and aroma.

Cocoa. Up to 24 months! Just in case, you would want to sit beside a window and watch radioactive rain with a cup of warm cocoa.

keto shopping list for survival
  • Spices. 12-24 months, and some even longer than that.
  • Chia seeds. 2-4 years.
  • Coffee. How to survive in an apocalypse without coffee? I can not imagine it. In order to have enough supplies for a long time, buy coffee beans in a vacuum package, not ground or instant coffee. Then the invigorating drink will last for 1-1.5 years.

Canned fish:

  • Sardines in oil. 24 months.
  • Tuna in water. 2-5 years.
  • Salmon in water. 2-5 years.
  • Mussels in oil. 2-2.5 years.
  • Crabs in water. 3-5 years.
  • Atlantic herring. Medium-salted in barrels, vacuum-packed – 8 months.
  • Cod liver. 36 months.
keto shopping list for survival

Canned keto meat:

  • Beef
  • Lamb


  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant in oil
  • Olives
  • Dried, vacuum-packed olives
  • Dried seaweed (it would be useful as an iodide source)

Keto food to freeze:

  • Butter (preferably salted). 12 months.
  • Lard, bacon, salted pork belly. 12 months.
  • Meat (any). 6-12 months – the fresher the meat initially and the faster it is frozen, the longer it will “live”.
  • Fish steaks (salmon). 9 months.
  • Salted/smoked fish in the package. 9-12 months.

Note: Beef liver will lose all its value after 3-4 months of freezing (but it will remain a safe product), and chicken is not the fattest meat, especially if you freeze the breasts. If you freeze thighs, make sure they are boneless to save room in the freezer.

keto shopping list for survival

Keto food to store in the refrigerator

All these items are best stored in a fridge, but they will survive for some time without it.

  • Aged cheese: Parmesan-type cheese, Grana Padano in the package. 6-9 months.
  • Jamon, prosciutto in a vacuum. 12 months.
  • Dried sausages and salami in a vacuum. 4-6 months.
  • Pates. From 3 months to 2 years. Check if there is butter/fat on top (prolongs shelf life) and no ingredients such as fruits and berries (they will shorten shelf life).

Lilia Voronina, food blogger @elfkitchen, says, “Spices are a lifesaver. If you are forced to eat the same canned beef every day, you can create magic from nothing, even when the whole world is on fire. Because spices take up little space, it’s best to keep them whole and grind them up as needed.”

Spices (the optimistic list):

  • Cinnamon, cloves, allspice, vanilla pods, anise, cardamom, ginger.
  • Black pepper, red pepper, pink pepper, smoked paprika, curry, turmeric, dry onion, dry garlic, rosemary, oregano, basil, cumin, and dry mustard.
  • Sauces: sugar-free mustard (Dijon), sugar-free tomato paste, gluten-free tamari or soy sauce, oyster or fish sauce, Worcestershire sauce, any sugar-free chili.
  • Salt, apple cider vinegar, wine vinegar.

And more:

  • Water filter pitcher.
  • Replaceable filters.
  • Alcohol, better spirit. When the world is mired in darkness, you will thank me. With a bottle.

What would your shopping list look like?

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