It is the normally asked question that what food lasts for a longer duration? It is usually the challenge once prepping is started. Not only preppers but also other community people like emergency workers, homesteaders, and military. So here is a list of long-lasting food;
In terms of food, it is important to make sure what kind of food we are buying and stocking, that we should not have to make many rotations of it on regular basis.
We have a variety of choices in food. It is not like beans should be quit for a whole year, you can buy a food which lasts from 5 to 10 years. These foods are easy to add in your canned food or can be used as emergency food.
Let us look at the food that we can have and the food which can last longer:
Dried Beans: They are preferred to store in airtight food storage containers or Mylar bags which is used to absorb oxygen for a longer duration. Normally, like rice, dried beans can last for almost 30 years. By using bags, the shelf life of those beans increases considerably.
Rolled Oats: Rolls are normally used in breakfasts and sweets, as they are the best fillers. They are not as easy to cook like other foods but they can last for almost 30 years if stored in a way like beans.
Pasta Products: It is one of the shelf foods which can be used to make hot or cold pasta. Normally, commercially dries and frozen pasta can last for 8 to 30 years.
Vegetables: You can learn techniques to freeze vegetables without blanching, it will keep your veggies fresh for a long time.
Cheese: It can be stored in wax, Bega canned cheese, Freeze-dried cheese, and Kraft, and even those can last for a longer duration.
Dehydrated fruit slices: Fruits like raisins, apricot, apple, and dates are the fruits which can be called as dried or dehydrated fruits.
Dehydrated Carrots: They can last for almost 25 years.
White Rice: Rice is the most consumed food as it is affordable, easy to get and store and has a longer shelf life. If stored in food-grade containers and food storage bags, it can last for almost30 year.
Legumes (Lentils and peas): Try to get the whole lentils and not the split ones, as most of the preppers do. They are rich in fibers and also easy to cook and can be added to other dishes as well. They normally last for almost 4 to 5 years.
Dried Corn: They are easy to get, tasty and affordable. They can last for about 10 years.
Powdered whole eggs by Ova easy (They last for 7 years): They are not usually considered if there is an available source of chickens, but they have a longer shelf life and last for almost 7 years.
Canned baked beans and spaghetti: People normally love to have canned beans. They are consumed by many people and can easily have them in any form cold or hot.
MRE’s: They are a great source when there is a time of emergency food, they can remain in good condition for almost 72 hours, and they were normally used for soldiers to have extra energy sources.
Pemmican: It was invented by Native Americans and usually made up of lean meat of local wild animals. Meat is first dried and then mixed with fat, flavoring berries and packaged into packets.
Twinkies: These can become the best desert if you want to add something to your prepped meals. It was tested by one scientist in 2012, that Twinkies can last long for almost 30 years.
Baking Soda: They can last indefinitely, so some people do not wish to stock them.
Salt/Sugar: They are basic ingredients in most of the dishes and they can last indefinitely.
Stock/bouillon: They can be used to add in soups, potato, and rice o add an extra flavor.
Honey: It can be a replacement for sugar and lasts for 100 years.
Powdered Milk: Powdered milk and supplements have to be stored as they can be used to get proteins and nutrients from many of the dishes and they can last for more than 20 years.
Instant coffee, Cocoa Powder, Tea: It can last for almost more than 20 years.
Freeze and dried foods in an emergency: A prepper’s pantry must have a stock of an emergency food supply in case of any disaster situations. The companies who provide such sets of food supplies are:
- Military MRE food supplies
- Chef’s Banquet Emergency food
- Survival Tabs Emergency Food rations
- Mountain House 3-Day Emergency Supply
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Storing food to make it last longer: You can make a use of Mylar Bags to keep your food dried and stored for a longer duration. Once they are in the bag, they can be protected for a longer time without any mess.
Starting your own emergency food supply: Once, one starts prepping, it is not that hard, rather it is quite a fun thing to do. You can also share any longer shelf life food, if it does not have in the above-mentioned list, ad comment it on the section given below.