Making Sense of Foods That Survive Long Periods of Time
When considering storable foods, think on a multi-use level. It is important to consider the value of each food based on such things as:
barter value; and
other uses asides from eating (like healing properties).
In the event of an emergency where everything becomes scarce, bartering for and with food will especially become an instant option.
4 foods: can be stored for over 10 years; can add some flavor to your cooking and make excellent barter items. If stored properly they can probably last indefinitely:
- Sugar – Brown or White
- Honey (raw honey lasts longer & has better healing properties)
- Alcohol – Whiskey, Vodka, etc…
Hard Grains: Stored properly hard grains have a shelf life of around 10 – 12 years.
Grain stores the longest in an oxygen-free environment. Wheat keeps best stored at 70°F. or colder. The colder the storage temperature, the longer the grain will keep. The warmer the temperature, the sooner it will degrade, so don’t store it in a hot garage.
- Dry Corn
- Hard Red Wheat
- Soft White Wheat
- Durum wheat
Soft grains: These soft grains will last around 8 years at 70 degrees sealed without oxygen.
- Oat Groats
Beans: Sealed and kept away from oxygen the following beans can last for around 8 – 10 years.
- Pinto Beans
- Kidney Beans
- Lima Beans
- Adzuki Beans
- Garbanzo Beans
- Mung Beans
- Black Turtle Beans
- Blackeye Beans
Flours and Mixes and Pastas: 5 – 8 years, sealed & kept away from oxygen
- All Purpose Flour
- White Flour
- Whole Wheat Flour
- White Rice ( up to 10 years)
- Coconut oil – Coconut oil has one of the longest shelf lives of any kind of oil. It can last for over 2 years and is a great item to add to your survival food supplies list.
Other good survival foods: 2 – 5 years of shelf life
- Canned Tuna
- Canned Meats
- Canned Vegetables & Fruits
- Peanut Butter
- Ramen Noodles – not the greatest food in the world but they are very cheap so they made the survival food list.
- Hard Candy
- Powdered milk
- Dried herbs and spices (click here to read Your Garden: Growing Herbs that Repel Insects and Other Critters)
Items that can be used for more than cooking:
- Apple Cider Vinegar – Cleaning, cooking, and has antibiotic properties
- Baking Soda – Cleaning, cooking, antacid, treats insect bites
- Honey – Mentioned again for it’s antibiotic and wound healing properties
Non Food Items to stock up on at the grocery store: (think barter & need)
- Bic Lighters, waterproof matches
- Toilet Paper
- Soaps (it is said that Irish Spring Soap helps to keep mice & rats away)
- Bottled Water
- Lighter fluid
- Canning Supplies
This is by no means a full list, but it does make for a great quick guide.