When people first get into prepping, one of the primary go-to places for them to start learning would be in the realm of long shelf life foods and their proper storage. Rather than spending a ton of money on the survivalist life-style, this is one way people can gain more power and stability over their lives, without breaking the bank!
There are several foods (and the like) that last virtually forever! Other foods, once prepared and stored correctly, can last many decades. In a crisis, or better yet an apocalyptic scenario, it would be a good idea to not only know what foods can last the long run, but have these foods in bulk and ready to go! Here’s the list of the top food items with a shelf life that lasts for decades and/or indefinitely!!
Types Of Food
- Rolled Oats: When stored in an airtight moisture free container, this prepper item can last approximately thirty years, give or take…
- Dried Beans: Much like The Rolled Oats, when stored correctly (air-tight container), beans have the ability to stick around for a few decades.
- Cheese: Cheese can be dipped in cheese-wax and then stored in a cool dark place for at least thirty years. If a part of the cheese goes bad, simply cut the spoiled part off and re-dip in cheese wax.
- White Rice: This item can be a great addition to any meal! It makes for a great side-dish, and can also be used as a filler when cooking. White Rice can last well over 30 years!
- Sugar: Even in a post-apocalyptic scenario, sugary treats would be well appreciated not just for the taste, but also for nostalgia. It can last forever if stored properly.
- Salt: As with sugar, salt is a necessity in the modern world, and this highly in-demand substance (in a post-apocalyptic scenario) can last an eternity when proper storage techniques are implemented.
- Baking Soda/Powder: Whether for cooking, cleaning, or brushing your teeth, baking soda (and powder) is a must-have in the prepper world, and can last a really, really long time! Indefinitely if cared for properly.
- Honey: Not only is honey delicious, but raw honey has nutritional and medicinal properties and can last (and has lasted)throughout the ages.
- Corn Syrup: Corn syrup is a great item to stockpile due to its ability to last indefinitely if sealed and kept in a cool dry place.
- Instant Coffee: The best part of waking up…even in a world riddled with disease, poverty, war, and starvation, there is nothing like a fresh cup of coffee to start the day.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: ACV has amazing health benefits and also makes a great flavoring for salads and tea.
- Maple Syrup: Like honey and corn syrup, this stuff tastes great and lasts for several decades when sealed and stored properly.
- Alcohol: When SHTF, there will most likely come a time when one might want to indulge in a drink or two, or several. Luckily hard liquor and wine lasts forever. In fact, wine only gets better with age.
- Pure Vanilla Extract: If you get the chance to cook and/or bake a desert during a national or global emergency, pure vanilla extract would be a god-send, and this stuff can last the long run, many decades when handled properly.
- Bullion Cubes: Whether being used for soups or as flavoring for a whole meal, this stuff once stored in an airtight moisture resistant container, can last indefinitely.
Did You Know:
- In recent History, Honey was found in the Egyptian Pyramids during an excavation. This honey is estimated to be over 3,000 years old, and although it is ancient, it is still perfectly edible!
Long Term Storage
If you’re really serious about preserving food for the long term, there are time-tested methods of getting the job done correctly. Using airtight containers or Mylar oxygen absorber bags (with a nitrogen packet), for instance, would greatly increase the shelf-life of your food. Other ways of extending the shelf-life is by using products like a vacuum sealer, or maybe a pressure canner, or simply Mason Jars. If done correctly, these practices will do wonders with regard to food preservation!
There are a few risks to be aware of when stockpiling long-term food items. One such risk would be dealing with the sneaky culprit, “oxygen.” Oxygen is greatly responsible in the deterioration process of food. It is directly involved in the promotion of molds, yeasts, and aerobic bacteria. This is why all food items, when storing for the long run, should be stowed in airtight containers using a nitrogen packet inside.
Did You Know:
- Food spoils because of oxygen-dependent microorganisms (bacteria).
- Dry dark warm places make for the best storage areas.
- Food spoilage rates and types depend on several factors including (but not limited to): temperature, oxygen levels, exposure to water, etc.
- It is the activity and waste products of microorganisms that cause food spoilage and its effect taste, texture, and odor.
OK, so maybe you’ve reached this point and your still are not confident enough to start preparing food for the long-run yourself! Maybe you’d rather leave it to the professionals. Fortunately, there are a few reputable companies out there that specialize in stockpiling food for long term storage. Here are just a couple:
Here, you can find many of the foods listed above in bulk and properly prepared for long term storage!
Learning about (and practicing) the preparation of food for long term storage is a great way to begin your survivalist life-style! Understanding the food preservation methods covered in this article should empower you to be prepared when things really do get ugly!
Getting acquainted with just how easy it is to prepare and store things like beans and rice will not only be an easy endeavor to take on, but it will also separate you from the majority of the population who are ill prepared and less likely to survive the sure horror that is sure to come…