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Top 13 Best Japanese Emergency Bread Rations to Buy Online 2020 - Tried and True!

Today, we will introduce Japanese emergency bread rations, which is almost essential in countries where natural disasters frequently occur. There are a lot of different food manufacturers out there selling a number of emergency ration products, but aren't you curious to know which ones stand out among the rest?


Our editors searched Japanese e-commerce sites (Amazon, Rakuten, and Yahoo! Shopping, etc.) for the most popular selling emergency rations and put them to the test to give you our highest recommendations! Under the supervision of a disaster prevention professional, we examined each bread ration for the following 3 criteria. 

  1. Taste
  2. Shelf Life
  3. Ease of Disposal

So, use our guide to see which bread ration gets our "best buy" recommendation!

  • Last updated: 01-24-2020
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Top 13 Best Japanese Emergency Bread Rations to Buy Online 2020 - Tried and True!

Here's our ranking of all the emergency ration breads we tasted. They're ranked based on taste, shelf life, and ease of disposal. Prices for some of the products are converted from the original Japanese prices to dollars for your viewing convenience.

1

TokusuiMuffin's Workshop GIFTBOX

$12.83

TasteA+
Shelf lifeD
Ease of disposalD
Overall ratingA+
2

ASTBakery-fresh Canned Soft Bread

$3.93

TasteA
Shelf lifeD
Ease of disposalD
Overal ratingA
3

LLCLong Life Foods: Coppe Bread

$4.91

TasteB
Shelf lifeA+
Ease of disposalA+
Overal ratingA
4
TasteB
Shelf lifeA
Ease of disposalD
Overal ratingB
5

Onishi FoodsHidamari Bread

$2.88

TasteB
Shelf LifeD
Ease of DisposalA
Overal RatingB
6
TasteB
Shelf lifeC
Ease of disposalD
Overal ratingC
7
TasteB
Shelf lifeD
Ease of disposalD
Overal ratingB
8

SandsPan Kakumei

$3.55

TasteC
Shelf lifeA+
Ease of disposalA
Overal ratingB
9

AsunaroEmergency Rations: Canned Bread

$4.24

TasteC
Shelf lifeA+
Ease of disposalC
Overal ratingC
10

Nagoya LighthouseIt's Bread!

$3.73

TasteC
Shelf lifeA
Ease of disposalD
Overal ratingC

Compare the Best Japanese Emergency Ration Breads

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1
Tokusui Muffin's Workshop GIFTBOX 1

Tokusui

2
AST Bakery-fresh Canned Soft Bread 1

AST

3
LLC Long Life Foods: Coppe Bread 1

LLC

4
Doriimu Pan-Kan 1

Doriimu

5
Onishi Foods Hidamari Bread  1

Onishi Foods

6
Bo-Lo'Gne Can de Bo-Lo'Gne 1

Bo-Lo'Gne

7
Pan Akimoto PANCAN  1

Pan Akimoto

8
Sands Pan Kakumei 1

Sands

9
Asunaro Emergency Rations: Canned Bread 1

Asunaro

10
Nagoya Lighthouse It's Bread! 1

Nagoya Lighthouse

Name

Muffin's Workshop GIFTBOX

Bakery-fresh Canned Soft Bread

Long Life Foods: Coppe Bread

Pan-Kan

Hidamari Bread

Can de Bo-Lo'Gne

PANCAN

Pan Kakumei

Emergency Rations: Canned Bread

It's Bread!

FeaturesSoft and Delicious! The Kin...A Taste Like Store-bought B...A Simple Taste with No MessA Great Taste, but a Bit DryEmergency Bread with a Simp...The Sweet Taste and Texture...A Sweet, Dessert-Like Canne...A Long-lasting, Chewy Bread...Emergency Bread Rations wit...The Regular Taste of Coffee...
Price$12.83$3.93$4.91$2.86$2.88$4.12$24.84$3.55$4.24$3.73
TasteA+ABBBBBCCC
Shelf lifeDDA+ADCDA+A+A
Ease of disposalDDA+DADDACD
Overall ratingA+AABBCBBCC
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Products That Didn't Make the Cut

And why they didn't make the cut. 

Just Too Dry

Anthink's Life Bread (11) was so dry that we felt that if you don't eat it without having a beverage handy, you won't be able to swallow it. There are a total of 5 flavors, but none of them stood out among the others as being delicious at all. 

Almost No Taste at All

Face's Panda Canned Bread Variety Pack (12) had flavors that were all too similar to each other as well as not being all that delicious. It also has a short shelf life when compared to other bread rations. Its only merit is that it comes in a cute little can, but we can't see a reason for buying it.

Can This Even Really Be Considered Bread?

Asunaro's Emergency Bread Ration Aluminum Pack (13) was the only bread among ones we examined what went passed being "not so delicious" to being "downright disgusting". It was so hard and dry that we wondered if it was really bread to begin with. It tasted as if they had just kneaded the wheat flour until it got hard and left it at that.

How We Tested the Emergency Ration Breads

We purchased the top 13 best-selling emergency bread rations from Japanese websites like Amazon, Rakuten, etc. and put them to the test!


We tested each product for the following 3 points:


①:Taste

②:Shelf Life

③:Ease of Disposal

Test ① Taste

First, we examined each emergency bread ration for its most important criteria: taste. We had 11 members of our editorial department taste test each and every bread ration to see if they were good enough to eat on a daily basis, or if they were so gross you wouldn't eat them even if your life depended on it. 


Furthermore, since taste is ultimately the most important criteria one should consider when buying emergency bread rations, we weighted each products' overall score very heavily on this category. 

Canned Bread Most Resembled Store-bought Bread

We separated our products into 2 groups: canned breads and those that come in pouches. We found that the ones that come canned were so fluffy and moist we could barely tell them apart from store-bought breads, and tended to receive higher scores overall


Since these were very similar in taste and texture to the breads one would normally eat on an everyday basis, we think they would be easy to eat even in times of great stress that usually leaves people without an appetite. 


The breads that came in pouches were mostly hard and dry. It would be difficult to eat these breads without having some kind of beverage on hand. 

Test ② Shelf Life

Next, we examined each product for their shelf life (expiration date), since emergency rations normally need to be stored for a long period of time. 

Some of Our Tested Products Last up to 7.5 Years!

The one that came with the longest shelf life was SANDS's Bread Revolution coming in at 7.5 years!


The shortest one we found amongst the ones we tested was 3 years, so you can see how big of a deal it is that SAND's Bread Revolution lasts more than 2 times longer. We of course recommend this product for people who don't like to continuously check expiration dates or re-buy products. 

Test ③ Ease of Disposal

Lastly, we examined each product for how easy they were to dispose of after consuming, since doing so during times of emergency can be rather difficult. We checked each one for the amount and size of waste the packaging produces, along with the materials they are made of. 

Small Pieces of Packaging That Add up Can Be Irritating

We found that the individual paper packaging around certain breads and the cups the muffins came in were surprisingly difficult to dispose of. Although it was nice to have packaging to hold onto while eating so as to not dirty ones hands, crumbs would stick to the paper and make disposal even more difficult.


Since garbage needs to be separated by type when throwing it away, we recommend choosing an emergency bread ration with simple packaging

How to Choose Emergency Bread Rations - Buying Guide

There are 3 points we would like you to consider when choosing an emergency bread ration. 

① Choose Based on How it Tastes

The most important thing to consider is whether or not your bread ration tastes good


During times of emergency, people are overcome with worry and stress, which sometimes causes them to lose their appetite. Yet if people have access to delicious foods or things they are familiar with during even these times, they'll have an appetite.


It's best to find food that you find tasty and able to eat on a daily basis. For those of you who don't have the time to find and compare such products, use this article to find the flavor and texture that's best for you.

② Check the Expiration Date

The longer the shelf life of your emergency bread rations, the better. Most emergency rations have quite a long shelf life with even the shortest amongst them lasting about 3 years. 


If you happen to buy and store up a number of products with shelf lives on the shorter side, we recommend something called a "rolling stock," where you eat food that's close to the expiration date and then re-stock them. 


Here are some merits to the "rolling stock" method:

     

  • Since you eat your rations before their expiration dates, they never go to waste.
  • You'll never find yourself eating already-expired rations.
  • You'll accustom yourself to the flavor, making it easier for you to eat them during times of emergency.   

③ Pick Something That's Easy to Dispose of

Try choosing an emergency bread ration based on the amount of waste it produces and how easy it is to dispose of. Since garbage pickup services are usually suspended during times of emergency, it would be better to limit the amount you produce. 


Since empty cans take up a lot of space, we recommend choosing those that can easily be compacted or folded, like vinyl or paper packaging. 


Also, we recommend choosing a bread ration that packages its bread in smaller portions since it may go bad if one is unable to finish it. Cans that have lids protect breads from drying out, making them the most convenient. 

Other Things to Have On Hand During Times of Emergency!

Other Things to Have On Hand During Times of Emergency!

We recommend having a good supply of water as well as a simple survival kit to go with your emergency rations. Check out the articles below before buying!

Summary

This time we ranked the top 13 emergency bread rations. Before our examination, we had a lot of members with the presupposition that most of the breads would be dry and disgusting, but they quickly found that a lot of them were moist and fluffy, just like the breads they're used to eating. 


For all of you out there with a similar presupposition to emergency bread rations, we ask that you go out and try them yourself. Find the taste you like most and store them for when you really need them!


Author: Ayumi Sato/Translator: Andrew Tinkler/Photos: Yuuki Kawashima, Koichi Miura

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