10 Long-Lasting Foods to Stock Up on For Emergencies You Didn’t Know About

Preparing for the Future: Long-Lasting Foods for Emergencies

There have been countless instances when people have been caught off guard and unprepared during natural disasters, power outages, and other emergencies. When things get tough, access to food and water becomes crucial to survive. It is essential to keep a stockpile of essential necessities for unpredictable situations. While most preppers have extensive supplies to last for months, not everyone has the space or resources for such an extensive setup. It is better to have something than nothing at all, even if it is just a few weeks’ worth of supplies.

As a “mini-prepper” myself, I understand the importance of being prepared. After witnessing the impact of Hurricane Sandy in New York City, I decided to take things into my own hands and began stocking up essentials. My stash may be limited, but it can help in times of crisis, power outage, or food shortage. And all those who think of looting my supplies; I have the means to defend myself and my provisions.

In this article, we’ll talk about some foods that can be stored for a long time without getting spoiled. These items are easy to store, require less space, and can last up to years.

1. White Rice

Rice is a staple food worldwide, making it an excellent choice for long-term storage. However, not all types of rice have the same shelf life. Brown rice, for example, lasts only up to six months because of its bran layer’s oils. In contrast, white rice can last up to 30 years. To keep it that long, it is essential to store it in oxygen-free containers at temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Honey

Honey is a natural sweetener and an excellent healthy alternative to sugar. Many are surprised to know that the oldest jar of honey found is 5,500 years old! Its high acid content and low moisture levels create an environment that’s inhospitable to bacterial growth, making it an ideal item for long-term storage. Although it can absorb moisture from the air, sealed and strained honey can last indefinitely.

3. Salt

Salt is an essential ingredient in preserving food. It only makes sense that salt itself, too, has a long shelf life. The commercial salts with added iodine usually last around five years, but who would store the same salt for longer? It should be more than adequate time to get through an emergency type of scenario.

4. Soy Sauce

Soy sauce is a popular ingredient that adds flavor to various dishes. It can last up to years in the fridge, making it a perfect long-lasting addition to your emergency stash.

5. Sugar

Sugar is another staple household item that we rely on for various purposes, from sweetening tea to baking cookies. If stored appropriately, sugar can last for decades. Moisture plays an essential role in sugar storage, so it is best to keep it in an airtight container.

6. Dried Beans

Beans are an affordable and healthy protein source that can last for years. Even after 30 years, the quality and nutritional value might decrease, but they remain edible. All you need to do is soak them in water for a few hours and cook them.

7. Pure Maple Syrup

Pure maple syrup is a flavorful alternative to regular sugar and a sustainable choice as it lasts forever. According to Utah State University, its unique formulation ensures that it resists microbial growth better than most other food items.

8. Powdered Milk

Powdered milk is a long-lasting substitute for fresh milk. Though not as delicious, it has a longer shelf life and is ideal for emergencies.

9. Hard Liquor

While not an ideal meal item, hard liquor’s high alcohol content gives it a long shelf life. If stored in a safe place, it can last indefinitely and come in handy for emergencies.

10. Pemmican

Pemmican is a food item that Native American tribes invented, made from powdered dried meat, berries, and rendered fat. The dried meat can be eaten raw, stewed, or fried, making it a versatile and long-lasting food option to try.

To sum it up, these food items listed above can be great additions to your emergency snack stash or long-term food security. However, it is essential to store them appropriately, keeping them away from direct sunlight and high humidity levels. Always check the expiration dates when purchasing and rotate your stock to avoid spoilage. Remember, it is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to natural disasters and emergencies. Stay prepared, stay safe!

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