27 Foods that Last for Two Weeks
Blog - March 16, 2020

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Survival food is something I really never considered, except when we had hurricanes in Florida. We always stocked up on water and canned foods but we all knew it was very temporary. I never thought about what kind of foods last longer.

With all this Covid-19 news that keeps updating and getting more serious, I am finding the shelves cleared at the grocery stores which leads me to wonder how we are going to manage? What foods have a longer shelf life? Are there certain foods that will last longer than others?

There are some fresh groceries that will last for two weeks. However, I was interested in knowing what kind of foods can be stock piled.

Here are some items that will last from two weeks to 30 years.

Rice

Uncooked rice can last 30 years. According to the US department of Agriculture and the US Food & Drug Administration, uncooked rice in an oxygen-free container will last between 25-30 years. Regular rice lasts up to 5 years.

Potatoes

Potatoes can last up to four months if you store potatoes at about 40 ºF and in the dark. Keep them away from other fruit or vegetables because they can cause them to rot.

Parmesan Cheese

Parmesan cheese and it can last about ten months. You don’t have to refrigerate it either.

V8 Juice

V8 Juice can last up to 18 months.

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Navel Oranges can last up to two months if kept in the refrigerator.

Honey

Processed honey lasts forever.

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Dried Beans

Dried beans and lentils last indefinitely. They may lose their nutritional value in 2-3 years but will still be okay to eat if necessary.

Powdered Milk

Powdered milk can last 25 years if properly stored.

Apples

Apples can last up to a month if stored in the crisper and stored alone. Other vegetables in the same drawer may cause them to spoil.

Ghee

Ghee can last up to 2 years unopened and unrefrigerated if it’s stored in a dark and cool place. If left in the freezer, it will stay fresh indefinitely.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Best quality Apple Cider Vinegar will last up to 2 years but will stay safe indefinitely.

Soy Sauce

Soy sauce will last up to 6 months if stored at room temperature but can last up to 2 years if refrigerated.

Flour

Unground flour can last up to 25 years. After it’s ground, however, the shelf life decreases dramatically. It’s recommended to grind it as you need it. Always keep flour in a sealed bag with an oxygen absorbed for a maximum shelf life.

Coconut Oil

Unopened extra virgin coconut oil can last from 2 to 5 years so long that the container is stored in a cool, dark place. Opened jars of coconut oil will last a few months after being opened. If there are yellow spots in the oil or it smells rancid, you’ll know it’s no longer good to eat.

Dried Corn

Freeze dried corn can last up to 30 years.

Potato Flakes

Potato flakes can last up to 30 years. It may even last longer if kept sealed in a dry container and stored in a cool, dark location. These potato flakes are guaranteed to last you up to 15 years.

Peanuts

Peanuts will last from 1-2 months.

Canned Tuna

Canned tuna can last up to 5 years. Check the date though.

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Dark Chocolate

If t will keep for as long as five years if the thermometer rests between 60º and 65º F

Rolled Oats

Rolled oats last from 18-24 months.

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter can last 3-5 years with plenty of oil and no moisture. An opened jar can last up to 3 months and does not need to be refrigerated.

Dry Pasta

Pasta can last up to 30 years when no moisture or oxygen is present. The pasta you find at the store can last up to 2 years past it’s “best by” date in its original packaging. I

Sugar

Technically sugar doesn’t go bad but it is recommended to keep for up to 2 years.

different dried fruits in different bowls.

Dried Fruit

Dried fruit can last up to one year.

Bouillon Cubes

Bouillon cubes last up to 2 year.

Olive Oil

Olive oil can last up to 2 years if the bottle is unopened and stored in ideal conditions. The bottle must remain in a dark place to maintain a longer shelf life. Olive oil will taste rancid once it has gone bad.

Salt

Salt can last up to 5 years.

Hopefully this list gives you a little more clarity on what to purchase for the next two weeks.  It helps to know where you stand with expiration dates.

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