7 Canned Breads & Mixes For Your Long Term Survival Storage

By Just In Case Jack | Last Updated: August 1, 2021

Canned BreadToday we’re going to teach you everything you need to know about canned bread and canned bread mixes.

Because having some easy-to-make bread in your survival pantry is smart.

Ready-to-eat canned bread will raise everyone’s spirits during times of chaos.

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What Exactly Is Canned Bread? | Canned Bread Types (Loaf vs. Mix)

Canned bread isn’t exactly the type of bread you buy from the grocery store. The differences go beyond the can. In fact, the original recipe today’s canned bread is based on is older than the cans themselves.

Canned bread was originally called Boston Brown Bread. There are recipes for Boston Brown Bread dating back to 17th century New England.

The traditional recipe calls for cornmeal mixed with rye flour, wheat flour, and molasses. The mixture was then poured into a coffee pot and steamed until it rose. This made a very dense and sweet brown bread.

The first canned bread was made by B&M, a Maine cannery now known for its baked beans. B&M started making canned bread in the 1920s. Their recipe is still made with molasses and cornmeal. It also has whole wheat flour, baking soda, and salt. There are two varieties: plain and with raisins.

Another option for canned bread is using a mix.

Bread mix is a powder of various dried ingredients that comes in a can. Most canned bread mixes have flour, powdered milk, powdered eggs, yeast, and various conditioners.

In order to make bread from them, all you need is hot water, instant yeast, and vegetable oil. There are many bread mixes that can be prepared in a similar way to canned bread.

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How Do You Eat Canned Bread?

B&M canned bread comes ready to eat. Some people like it better toasted. Others prefer it plain.

In New England, there are two ways to serve it. One is like toast, with butter, cream cheese, or jam. The other is with baked beans and sliced hot dogs. In YOUR house, you can serve it any way you’d like.

As for homemade canned bread and bread mixes, you can prepare them any way you see fit. Many bread mixes have instructions on the packet. Many can also be used in a wide variety of different recipes.

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7 Reasons To Purchase and Stock Up On Canned Bread

Canned bread can be a great food to include in any stash or pantry. There are a few solid reasons to stock up on canned bread. They include:

1. Good Source Of Several Nutrients

Canned bread contains molasses, which is a great source of:

  1. Essential for blood production and health.
  2. Helps with nerve and muscle function, heart health, cell health, and nutrient absorption.
  3. Needed for muscle and nerve function, blood sugar and blood pressure regulation, and protein, bone, and DNA production.
  4. Aids metabolism, blood clotting, and the formation of bones. Also helps prevent immune inflammation.

Canned bread also contains a fair amount of calcium, which we need for strong bones and communication between the brain and nerves.

Canned bread mixes, meanwhile, also have nutritional benefits. Some have valuable vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, iron, and potassium. Some also have protein.

2. Good Caloric Value For Your Money

B&M canned bread lists 8 servings per can at 130 calories each. This comes out to 1040 calories per can.  This translates to a pretty dense caloric load for relatively little money.

Canned bread mixes also provide a significant amount of calories for the money.

For instance, the Augason Farms Honey White Bread, Scone, and Roll Mix contain 5,880 calories (distributed among 49 servings) for just $7.62 (at the time this article was published).

3. Easy To Store

Both canned bread and canned bread mixes are easy to store. Standard canned bread comes in a standard 16 oz can. They are easily stackable and storable.

Canned bread mixes usually come in larger, industrial-sized No. 10 cans. These are also easily stackable and storable.

If space is an issue, larger cans can be opened and separated into smaller sealable cans. All these cans require is a space with no excess heat, humidity, or salt exposure, which describes most long-term storage.

4. Long Shelf Life

For long-term storage, it is essential for an item to have a long shelf life. As we will discuss later in this article, both canned bread and mixes have long shelf lives.

5. Versatility

A good long-term storage staple should be versatile.

Canned bread can be prepared in a variety of ways, and can serve as a good source of tasty calories in a number of different situations.

Bread mixes are even more versatile. You can make many different things from most mixes besides bread and rolls. Mixes can also be used to make pizza, pan-fried scones, breadsticks, and other recipes.

6. Easy To Prepare

One of the best things about canned bread is that it is a ready-made food. This makes it perfect for situations where other ingredients, tools, or appliances may not be available. You can slice and eat it straight from the can.

Bread mixes also have very little prep. The only ingredients needed are warm water and oil, and the only tool needed is an oven or even a fire.

7. Morale Booster

When serious emergencies happen, people may crave familiar things. Bread is a familiar food that can be comforting in times of uncertainty.

Having a quick, easy way to make bread can be helpful to boost morale.

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How Long Does Canned Bread Last? Can it Go Bad?

Canned bread only has an “official” shelf life of two years.

However, the actual shelf life of the product is far longer. B&M bread can regularly last for 10 years or more, so long as there are no serious issues with the can.

Bread mixes have a much longer shelf life. When properly sealed they can last for ten years or more. Certain brands designed for long-term storage may last up to 15 or 20 years.

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Can You Make Your Own Canned Bread?

It may seem simple to can your own homemade bread. There are recipes out there that tell you that you can. However, the unfortunate truth is that you should not.

These recipes cannot be made safely at home. While bread can be cooked in jars, it must be eaten quickly. They are not shelf-stable.

There is a specific reason for this.

Canning your own bread can cause Botulinum to develop. Botulinum is a common bacteria that can lead to severe food poisoning (or botulism).

All botulinum needs to grow is food, a non-acidic environment, moisture, and temperatures between 40-130 degrees F. If there are botulism spores in the air during the canning process, those spores may get into the bread.

Commercially produced canned bread is made under laboratory-tested conditions. These conditions ensure there are no botulinum spores around the bread.

It is not possible to replicate these conditions at home. We do not suggest making DIY canned bread. Instead, it’s best to leave it to commercial manuacturing.

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7 Best Canned Bread & Mixes You Can Buy Today

Here’s a run-down of our favorite canned bread and canned bread mixes on the market.

1. B&M Brown Bread Original

This old staple is the original canned bread. It offers all of the benefits for long-term food storage that we mentioned above.

As a recap, it is easy to store, has a long shelf life, and is ready to eat out of the can.

It also offers a delicious treat to those with a taste for molasses.

A note for stocking up: these cans are heavy. As such, it might make more sense to buy in bulk to save on shipping.

2. B&M Raisin Bread

B&M’s Raisin Bread is just like the original, but even sweeter.

If you like raisins, it’s a real treat.

The raisins also add some essential nutrients, like magnesium iron, and Vitamin B-6.

3. My Patriot Supply Honey Wheat Bread Mix

Canned Bread MixMy Patriot Supply is a go-to for preppers, for good reason.

Their products are consistently high-quality and reasonably priced. Their Honey Wheat Bread Mix is no exception.

This whole-grain mix only needs water, oil, and yeast to make a tasty dough. The mix is sold in #10 cans and is perfect for long-term storage.

It has a 10-year shelf life before opening and 1-year shelf life after opening.

4. Augason Farms Honey White Bread, Roll, and Scone Mix

Augason Farms is another prepper favorite, and they earn that title as well.

They stock a full range of emergency and long-term storage food items. Among them is this stellar bread mix.

The mix makes a standard white bread. It is versatile and can be used in many different recipes.

It also comes in durable #10 cans and can have a shelf life of 10+ years sealed.

One of the highlights of this mix is the price, which is one of the best deals out there.

5. Augason Farms Honey Cornbread Muffin Mix

Canned Corn Bread Muffin MixLove cornbread? With this mix, you’ll never have to go without. This Honey Cornbread Muffin Mix from Augason Farms lets you add old-fashioned cornbread to any food stash.

The mix is great for OG cornbread and muffins but can also be used for other recipes like cornbread dumplings and stuffing. It’s heavy on the honey flavor but in a good way.

The shelf life is standard for Augason Farms bread products. Like the white bread mix, it’s packed in #10 cans and can last for 10+ years sealed.

6. Bob’s Red Mill Bread Mix

Bob’s Red Mill is a more commercial product and is available in many stores. It also has a following in the prepper community for its quality and value.

Their bread mix comes in a variety of flavors.

We included the shelf-stable 10-grain mix here, but there is a wide variety to choose from. They come in 1.18 kg packets that include instant yeast, so all you need to add is oil and warm water.

The directions call for a bread machine, but you can use basically any heat source. One packet makes approximately one 1.5 lb loaf.

This constitutes around 13 servings of bread.

7. Prepared Pantry Country Farm White Bread Mix

The Prepared Pantry is a family-run all-American store in Rigby, Idaho. We include their bread mix for quality and nutritional value.

Their White Bread Mix makes a tender, all-natural loaf that is rich in taste and nutrients. This is because it is made with milk. In fact, each loaf is made with the equivalent of ¾ cup of fresh milk.

Preparation calls for water and butter, but you can easily forgo the butter or sub it out for oil. The Prepared Pantry also has a wide variety of over 100 bread mixes to choose from.

Final Thoughts

If you’re into building a DIY survival pantry, then you should add some canned bread or mixes.

They give you the supplies you need to make delicious bread, biscuits, or cornbread even during a crisis. Because there’s nothing that brings a family a bit of comfort than some fresh warm bread.

Lana Alder

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