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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 do I stockpile for a natural disaster?
What foods have a long shelf life?
Which foods have the best source of protein that will have a long shelf life?
Are there certain foods that will last longer than others?
And are they nutritious foods?
What are good emergency foods?
There are some fresh groceries that will last for two weeks. Frozen vegetables are good to keep. However, I was interested in knowing what kind of foods can be stock piled.
People are looking for shopping lists that exclude short shelf lives. When grocery shopping, people want items with a long shelf life. Always check expiration dates.
Here are some food items that will last two weeks to 30 years. Don’t forget to buy paper towels and toilet paper.
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.
Unopened and half-opened cans of coconut milk have different expiration dates. An unopened can will have a shelf-life of two to five years, while an opened can will only last you about a week.
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 and it can last about ten months. You don’t have to refrigerate it either.
V8 Juice can last up to 18 months.
Navel Oranges can last up to two months if kept in the refrigerator.
Processed honey lasts forever.
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 can last 25 years if properly stored.
Canned tomato sauce will last a while unopened. Once opened and regridgerated, just a few days. However, if you freeze it inside covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags, it can last up to 3 months.
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 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.
Best quality Apple Cider Vinegar will last up to 2 years but will stay safe indefinitely.
Soy sauce will last up to 6 months if stored at room temperature but can last up to 2 years if refrigerated.
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.
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.
Freeze dried corn can last up to 30 years.
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 will last from 1-2 months.
Canned tuna can last up to 5 years. Check the date though.
If t will keep for as long as five years if the thermometer rests between 60º and 65º F
Rolled oats last from 18-24 months.
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.
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
Technically sugar doesn’t go bad but it is recommended to keep for up to 2 years.
Dried fruit can last up to one year.
Bouillon cubes last up to 2 year.
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 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.