4 Shelf Stable Lunches

As a follow-up to this post and this post…I put together 4 lunch meals with ingredients that I could just pack in a box and put in the pantry.  My qualifications for lunch were a little different than my dinner menu.  For my lunches I wanted meals that didn’t require any cooking…that doesn’t mean some of them wouldn’t taste better if they were heated up…but I wanted to be sure they didn’t require it!

My Meals:

  1. Chef Boy R Dee and pineapple chunks
  2. Peanut butter, jelly, saltine crackers
  3. Tuna/chicken/kipper snacks, crackers, mayo, relish, baked beans
  4. Refried beans, black beans, olives, canned beef, tortilla chips


These were easy and fast to put together…most of my time was spent trying to figure out what to include.  I put the ingredients for each meal in a grocery sack, put the sacks in a box, and put the box in a closet.


  • This is not how we normally eat…I like fresh vegetables and I rarely use prepacked foods.  I prefer to cook from scratch…however, in an emergency situation I want to keep things simple and easy.  These are meals that even my 10 year old could prepare if I should be unavailable.
  • I plan on using these meals in 6 months and then putting together new ones…this will keep the ingredients fresh and will give us a chance to eat them and make changes if we want to.  I am especially interested to see how the crackers and tortilla chips hold up…will they be stale?

Adventure for Two


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