I have an ample supply of meat - a huge percentage is frozen. I have never home canned meat, Have you? It is just something that scares the beejeesus out of me!!!!!! I am very intimidated by a pressure canner - crazy I know - but that is me. One of these days I will get brave!!!!
So other than home canned meat, which is shelf stable - there is store bought canned meat supplies that are shelf stable.
WHY do I mention that? Well, if things go south for our world, and there is disruption of power - shelf stable will be hugely important! All that freezer meat won't do us a bit of good - except we will have one heck of a cookout for the neighborhood - then the meat will be gone!
I know lots of people are now getting into self canning meat. They are emptying their freezers and canning. People are getting scared and want to prepare. YES, you can process previously frozen meat. There are many videos and instruction on-line that tell how to do this. I do believe I will be checking them out in the near future.
So, if we don't can meat ourselves, we need to think about having that particular protein on our shelves. I know a lot of us keep dry beans, peanut butter, powdered eggs, and even protein powder on hand. Hopefully, we would be covered for protein - but shelf stable (ready to eat) meat would be nice to have as well.
Some of my stocks include all sorts of meat.
I keep some cans of corned beef (G loves this stuff), luncheon loaf (SPAM or other brands), tuna, chicken and I always have a few of the little canned hams.
I really like the 'Spam' like luncheon loaf from Aldi. It is a lot cheaper and it tastes good. If you have never tried - dice up and add to a pot of soup beans. It truly is good and a great substitute if you don't have ham.
I get those little hams at Big Lots - as they are quite cheap there. They are just a neat item to have on hand. Tuna and chicken - well, those are pretty much self explained.
We also keep some mackerel on hand (not much - as it is stinky), and of course salmon. I do like mackerel, but it is highly smelly - so I generally cook it on the grill. It is also messy to deal with - but I think salmon is too. So that is just me. These are very high in protein, so they are good items to have on hand. Mackerel is much cheaper than salmon, but can be fixed the same way.
I have seen canned shrimp and clams and crab as well.
There are many more items that can be kept on the shelf. Jerky is a good one. That lasts a long time. Pepperoni can be left on the shelf for extended periods of time (until opened). Pickled bologna and Vienna sausages are also available. We both enjoy pickled bologna (with crackers) every now and then. You can also find chipped beef (dried beef) in jars. That is something I need to get.
There is canned turkey and beef pieces as well (like chicken). I have had both of those in the past and they are fine.
You can find shelf stable sausage patties and even cooked ground beef. I have seen the ground beef at WM and for a 28oz. can it runs about $6+. Not something I would keep a lot of - but it sure might come in handy in an emergency situation.
There is even cooked and shelf stable bacon available now!
You can check out a lot of different sites for large cans of meat and other foods - such as eggs and peanut butter. LDS sells these items, much can be purchased through WM (online) now, Sam's Club has some survivalist items, Lehmann's sells them - there are many places.
There is quite of variety of meats that are available that are shelf stable - you need to check them out.
I am NOT suggesting that people panic! I am suggesting you just get busy and get prepared - cause I do believe with all my heart that lean times are coming. I think the weather situations will have more to do with this than anything (at least in the short run).
If you think meat and groceries are expensive now - JUST WAIT! So much has been destroyed already and more bad weather is heading in. I heard this morning that nothing will be dried out until well after May - and that is if ONLY one more big weather event happens. If there are more - not much will be happening this year in those areas.
Not only have the farms been destroyed (along with homes and towns), but also the roads. The infrastructure will have to be repaired as well so transportation will be slowed and stopped in many instances. There is also no power in these areas due to the flooding. It is a accumulation of devastating things.
It takes great time to replenish livestock and fields and buildings and feed and farms - IF it can EVER be replenished back to normal. Many farmers will be done now.
I truly don't mean to sound like a panic monger, that is not my intention. It is just common sense. If you want your family to eat in the future - you need to get your bums in gear now and PREPARE!
I do not have delusions that any agencies would help us. We are on our own.
Get busy - add to your pantry as you can. Maybe make an extra effort now - add a few dollars to your grocery fund each week and stock up. Make the effort - it is truly important to you and your family.
I just can't emphasize how very important this is. Don't wait - as prices will be increasing soon!