Long Term Food Storage Ideas and Recipes - More Momma! (2023)

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Long term food storage can save your life in an emergency. I am sharing what I have done to get prepared for an emergency and how you can easily do it on a budget.

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Food storage is not a luxury it’s a necessity. Stocking your pantry and storing food for long term use can save your life when a natural disaster or other emergency strikes.

With these easy ideas and recipes you can have a great long term food storage supply that is easy to do and inexpensive.

Don’t feel like you have to get everything at once. Work within your budget to pick up what you can every week. Take that extra $5, $50, or $100 in your budget to grab the ingredients you need or tools you need to build your food storage.

I am going to share quick and easy long term food storage recipes and ideas along with the necessities you need in your supply.


Long term food storage containers:

You can buy all the food you want, but if it isn’t stored properly it will not last very long! Here are some great options on how to store food long term.

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Bins with gamma lids

I have been storing most of my bulk items in these food safe bins with gamma lids. When I was researching which bins to buy I found that ordering these food safe bins with gamma lids were the best option.

Gamma lids are essential if you want to be able to rotate your food storage, which I highly recommend. The gamma lids will give you a great seal but also give you the ability to get into your bins when needed if you are rotating items.

These bins are great for storing bulk items like rice, beans, wheat berries, oats, or even flour if you are rotating frequently. Use oxygen packets as well when storing things like wheat berries or oats to keep things fresh.

Mylar Bags with oxygen packets

Another option for long term food storage is storing items in mylar bags with oxygen packets. You can even seal the bags with an ordinary clothes iron. Some varieties will need a sealer to seal the mylar bags so keep that in mind with which bags you choose.

Mylar bags create a barrier between food and the environment so they keep food safe for long term storage.

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When thinking about long term food storage think about what you will need to actually make these recipes. If you don’t have electricity think about what you are going to use to cook. What if you run out of cooking fuel?

Plan for the absolute worst case scenario so that you can still use your long term food storage in any emergency situation.

Cooking Supplies & Utensils Needed:

Water:The most underestimated item for cooking in emergency situations. Think about how much water you will need not only for drinking water but also for cooking and cleaning.

This is a great post on how to plan for water when you are prepping for long term emergency preparedness.

Solar Oven: Asolar oven can come in handy especially when there is no electricity. It cooks your food with only the power of the sun. No fuel or electricity needed.

Knife: Any sharp kitchen knife will do. This can also come in handy for other needs like cutting rope.

Mixing Spoons and Spatula: Any metal or plastic mixing spoons and spatulas will do!

Cutting board: A cheap plastic cutting board will do just fine in your emergency supply.

Mixing bowls: Any cheap metal mixing bowls are great to be able to mix up biscuits or combine all your ingredients together. I prefer metal over plastic because they are more durable.


Can Opener: The worst thing would be to have all of this canned food and no way of opening it. Make sure to stash a can opener away so you can open up all your food storage canned goods.

Cast iron skillet: Cast iron skillets are great because you can use them to cook in your solar oven or over an open flame like a fire pit.

Camping utensils, plates, bowls and cups: The worst thing would be to have all of this food to eat but nothing to eat it with! Buy some cheap camping utensils so that you can eat the delicious food you can make.

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Best food for long term food storage:

Here are some of the best foods you can store for long term use. Make sure to follow the directions on how to store the food safely for the best result.

Rice: Store white rice instead of brown rice. Brown rice goes bad a lot quicker. Store your rice in long term storage containers with oxygen packets and it should last up to 25 years.

Dry Beans:Store beans in long term food storage containers with oxygen packets. The dry beans can last for up to 25 years.

Dry Lentils: Store lentils in long term food storage containers with oxygen packets. The dry lentils can last for up to 25 years.

Honey:Store in an air tight container in a cool, dry place. Honey can last indefinitely. If the honey crystalizes you can still use it! Do not throw honey away unless it has ants or another living creature in it!

Sugar: Store sugar in long term food storage containers. The sugar can last for up to 25 years.

Vinegar:Store in a cool dark place. White vinegar should last indefinitely where other varieties have a shelf life of 5-10 years.

Salt: Store salt in long term food storage containers. The salt should last indefinitely.

Popcorn: Popcorn kernels are great to store in mylar bags and can be stored for up to 10 years.

Jello:Instant dry jello mix will last for 20 years.

Powdered Milk:Store in an air tight container with lid. It should last for up to 5-10 years.

Refined Oil: Refined oils last a lot longer than virgin or extra virgin oils. Store in a cool dark place and keep out of sunlight. Some oils will last up to 5 years.

Shorter term shelf life items to rotate:

When rotating food you always want to use the FIFO method. FIFO stands for first in first out. Use the items you bought first (with older expiration dates before you use more recent items).

You can find great shelves for cans that organize them using the FIFO method.

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Canned vegetables:Most canned vegetables have a 2 year shelf life. I recommend buying canned vegetables that you will use so you can rotate your supply and not waste.

Canned meat: Most canned meat will last anywhere from 2-5 years. Rotate your supply using the FIFO method.

Seasoning Packets:Most packets have a shelf life of 1-2 years. Rotate your supply and buy packets that you will actually use!

Items you can make homemade with long term food storage:

What’s great about having long term food storage is you can make things like homemade bread or flour tortillas with only a couple ingredients from your supply.

These are the items I plan on making homemade with my bulk food storage items like flour, sugar, oil, salt, masa, powdered milk, and natural yeast.

  • flour tortillas
  • corn tortillas
  • bread
  • rolls

Long Term Food Storage Recipe Ideas:

Look at the breakfast, snacks, dinner and dessert recipe ideas and select which ideas sound the best to you.

Then pick which recipe ideas you want to make for the year and buy accordingly. For example if I want 7 different dinners I would break those recipes up and multiply all ingredients needed to feed my family by 52 (weeks in a year).

The easy way of making sure you have variety in your meals is to pick 3 breakfast ideas, 1-2 snacks, 7 dinners and 1-2 desserts.

This will allow you to plan for a weeks worth of food in an easy way. You will just repeat this weekly menu for however long you would like to store long term. If you want to get a little more advanced you can plan 7 breakfast ideas, 3 snacks, 14-20 dinner ideas and 3-4 dessert ideas.

Remember if you want to keep cost down, stick to less recipes so you can minimize ingredients you will need to buy in bulk.


I have also added $ signs so you can figure out which meals work within your budget.

I added a weekly menu idea at the very end of the post for your reference but have fun picking your ideas below!

Breakfast Recipe Ideas:

($)-Least expensive option.

($$)- A little more pricey.

Egg Skillet: Freeze Dried Egg, Freeze Dried Potato, Freeze Dried Cheddar, Bacon Bits ($$)

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Pancakes: Box Pancake Mix, Water, Syrup ($)

Homemade Bread with Jam or Peanut Butter: Homemade Bread, (Bread Ingredients From Your Favorite Recipe), Jam, Peanut Butter ($)

Yogurt and Granola: Freeze Dried Yogurt, Water, Granola ($$)

Oatmealwith Toppings- Oats, Water, Brown Sugar, Maple Syrup, Honey, Raisins, Trail Mix, Peanut Butter, Jam, Canned Peaches ($)

Protein Balls: Oats, Honey, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chips ($$)


Homemade Popcorn: Popcorn Kernels, Oil, Salt ($)

Jello: Jello Packet, Water

Granola Bars: Oats, Water, Honey, PB Powder, Water, Chocolate Chips

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Freeze Dried Fruit: Freeze Dried Fruit of Choice ($$)

Crunchy Garbanzo Beans: Canned Garbanzo Beans, Seasonings, Oil ($)

Hummus in a Bag: Canned Garbanzo Beans, Oil, Seasonings, Ziplock Bag ($)

Dinner Recipe Ideas:

Homemade Pizza: Homemade Pizza Dough (Plus Ingredients From Your Favorite Pizza Dough Recipe), Pasta sauce, Freeze Dried Sausage, Freeze Dried Cheese, Can Olives ($$)

Chicken Pot Pie: Can Chicken, Can Mixed Vegetables, Can Cream of Chicken Soup, Bisquick Biscuits, Water ($$)

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Taco Soup: Can Black Beans, Can Corn, Can Diced Tomatoes, Chicken Stock, Chili Packet ($)

Chicken Enchiladas: Homemade Flour Tortillas, Canned Chicken, Freeze Dried Cheese, Can Ortega Chilies, Can Enchilada Sauce, Can Olives ($$)

Chicken Alfredo: Pasta, Water, Knorrs Alfredo Sauce, Can Chicken ($)

Mediterranean Quinoa: Quinoa, Water, Can Chicken, Kalamata Olives, Peppercini ($$)

Biscuits and Gravy: Bisquick, Water, Gravy Seasoning Packet (Optional Freeze Dried Sausage) ($)

Spaghetti and Sauce: Spaghetti, Tomato Sauce, Can Mixed Vegetables or Can Mushrooms ($)

Lentil Sloppy Joe’s: Dry Lentils, Tomato Sauce, Sloppy Joe Packet, Homemade Bread($)Long Term Food Storage Ideas and Recipes - More Momma! (9)Chicken Noodle Soup: Can Chicken, Can Mixed Vegetables, Chicken Bouillon or Chicken Stock, Noodles ($)

Chickpea Tacos: Oil, Can Chickpeas, Taco Seasoning, Salsa, Homemade Tortillas ($)

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Lentil Tacos: Dry Lentils, Water, Oil, Salsa, Taco Seasoning, Homemade Tortillas ($)

Rice bowls: Dry Rice, Water, Can Chicken, Salsa Verde, Can Beans, Can Olives ($)

Sun dried Tomato and Pesto Chicken Pasta: Pasta, Knorr’s Pesto Packet, Water, Sun-dried Tomatoes, Can Chicken ($)

Fried Rice: Oil, Rice, Water, Can Veggies, Braggs, Spam ($)

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Broccoli and Chicken Rice Casserole: Rice, Water, Cream of Chicken Soup, Freeze Dried Broccoli ($)

Haystacks: Rice, Can Chicken, Can Cream of Chicken Soup, Can Pineapple, Can Olives, Freeze Dried Shredded Cheddar Cheese ($$)

Buffalo Chicken Rice: Can Chicken, Buffalo Sauce, Rice, Water ($)

Taco Pasta: Pasta, Taco Seasoning Packet, Diced Can Tomatoes, Jar Salsa ($)

BBQ Bean Bowls: Beans, BBQ Sauce, Rice, Water ($)

BBQ Chicken Sandwiches: BBQ Sauce, Can Chicken, Homemade Bread (Plus Ingredients From Your Favorite Recipe) ($$)

Chicken and Mushroom Casserole: Can Chicken, Rice, Can Cream of Mushroom Soup ($)

Tuna Noodle Casserole: Can Tuna, Noodles, Water, Can Carrots and Peas, Cream of Chicken Soup ($)

Dessert Recipe Ideas:

Peach Cobbler: Can Peaches, Cinnamon, Yellow Cake Mix, Sprite ($)

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Apple Crumble: Can Apple Pie Filling, Yellow Cake Mix, Cinnamon, Water ($)

Brownies: Box Brownie Mix, Water, Oil, Applesauce ($)

Cookies: Crisco, Brown Sugar, Granulated Sugar, Chocolate Chips, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Salt, Apple Sauce ($$)

Pumpkin Cake Mix Cookies: Spice Cake Mix, Can Pumpkin, Chocolate Chips ($)

Long Term Food Storage Menu:

I only plan for breakfast, a snack and dinner. I have young kids so I feel like the snack is going to be essential for them, but you can even just stick with one meal a day if needed.

Rotate this menu for however long you need to. If you want to add more variety and can afford it add more recipe ideas to the mix.

It is recommended that you have 1 year’s worth of food storage. You can multiply the ingredients needed to serve your family by 52 weeks and that will give you one year’s worth of meals.


Breakfast: Pancakes with syrup

Snack: Popcorn

Dinner: Fried Rice


Breakfast: Oatmeal with brown sugar

Snack: Freeze dried fruit


Dinner: Spaghetti with sauce


Breakfast: Pancakes with syrup

Snack: Popcorn

Dinner: Chicken noodle soup


Breakfast: Oatmeal with brown sugar

Snack: Freeze dried fruit

Dinner: Chickpea Tacos


Breakfast: Pancakes with syrup

Snack: Popcorn

Dinner: Homemade Pizza


Breakfast: Oatmeal with brown sugar

Snack: Freeze dried fruit

Dinner: Chicken Alfredo


Breakfast: Pancakes with syrup

Snack: Popcorn

Dinner: Chicken Pot Pie

Dessert: Peach Cobbler



What foods should I stockpile for survival? ›

  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables and a can opener.
  • Protein or fruit bars.
  • Dry cereal or granola.
  • Peanut butter.
  • Dried fruit.
  • Canned juices.
  • Non-perishable pasteurized milk.
  • High-energy foods.
Mar 30, 2022

What is the best way to store food for long-term storage? ›

Keeping foods intended for long-term storage in a cool, dry, dark place, inaccessible to pests will help prolong shelf-life and better maintain quality. 7. Check packaging before eating. Look for signs of pests, moisture, mold, and damaged containers.

How do I stockpile food for 6 months? ›

Learn Ways to Stockpile Calories for Survival Through MREs, Freeze-Dried Meals, Canned Goods, and Dry Staples
  1. Pick Your Food Plan.
  2. Package Your Own Dry Goods.
  3. Build Dry-Goods Menu Plan.
  4. Three-Week Menu Plan.
  5. Store it in the Right Spot.
  6. It's All About the Calories.
  7. Common Mistakes to Avoid.

How do you preserve food for 20 years? ›

Dried foods, like beans and grains, can last 20 to 30 years when stored correctly in sealed foil bags. Because storing dried foods in mylar bags sealed inside a food-grade bucket is the best storage method, foods stored in this manner can reach their maximum shelf lives.

Is there really going to be a food shortage in 2023? ›

Food inflation: Cost of groceries rising at a slower rate

It was a bad year for food shortages in 2022, with categories including eggs and baby formula hit hard. Unfortunately, 2023 could see its own batches of food shortages.

What 2 foods can you survive on? ›

If you could only select five foods to survive on, potatoes, kale, trail mix, grains, and beans would get you pretty far.

How do you store sugar and flour long term? ›

A mylar bag is excellent for long term food storage, including long term storage of flour and sugar.

What foods can be stored for several years? ›

According to the FSIS, canned foods with a low acid content, like meat, beans, peas, soups, or vegetables (or our favorite, canned tuna), will keep anywhere from two to five years. High-acid canned goods like tomato sauce and canned fruit will keep up to 18 months.

What foods should not be stored with oxygen absorbers? ›

All dry, home-packaged food that you plan to keep for 3 months or longer should have an oxygen absorber in the container. This includes dehydrated food, herbs, spices, grain, rice, flour, and salt. There are only two dry items that should not get an oxygen absorber: do not use them in sugar or brown sugar.

What single food can you survive on the longest? ›

However, there is no known food that supplies all the needs of human adults on a long-term basis. Since Taylor is determined to follow a one-food diet, then potatoes are probably as good as anything, as they contain a wider range of amino acids, vitamins and minerals than other starchy foods, such as pasta or rice.

What is the best canned food to stockpile? ›

Some examples of long-shelf-life canned food include:
  • canned meat and fish (tuna, salmon, chicken, beef, etc.)
  • canned fruits and vegetables (peaches, green beans, corn, etc.)
  • canned soups and stews.
  • canned beans and legumes (black beans, lentils, chickpeas, etc.)
  • canned juices.

How to prepare for food shortage 2023? ›

The best types of non-perishable packaged and canned foods to put in your pantry and cellar include:
  1. Rice.
  2. Noodles.
  3. Dried beans.
  4. Instant oatmeal.
  5. Canned beans.
  6. Canned veggies.
  7. Canned fruits.
  8. Canned meats.
Apr 25, 2023

What food can be stored for 30 years? ›

For longer-term needs, and where permitted, gradually build a supply of food that will last a long time and that you can use to stay alive, such as wheat, white rice, and beans. These items can last 30 years or more when properly packaged and stored in a cool, dry place.

What food can be stored for decades? ›

32 Long Shelf Life Foods to Keep In Your Pantry
  • Bouillon. magnez2/Getty Images. ...
  • Canned Fruits, Vegetables and Beans. SarapulSar38/Getty Images. ...
  • Corn Starch. Shutterstock/ Michelle Lee Photography. ...
  • Dark Chocolate. ...
  • Dried Beans, Lentils and Legumes. ...
  • Dried Fruits (Raisins, Dried Cranberries and More) ...
  • Dried Pasta. ...
  • Grains.
Jun 4, 2020

How long will pasta last in mylar bags? ›

Having dry pasta for long-term storage is a good idea because it can be kept for 30 years in food-grade buckets. It can also be stored for 10 years in mylar bags, and up to 3 years in an airtight container.

What food to stockpile for 2023? ›

These food items are packed with protein and will keep for a long period of time.
  • Peanut Butter.
  • Canned Tuna.
  • Canned Meats.
  • Beef Jerky.
  • Beans.

What foods are going to be in short supply? ›

Canned foods, pet food and beer may be in short supply due to a widespread aluminum shortage. Lettuce crops and orange groves were affected by plant viruses. One major producer of lettuce lost 80% of their crop in 2022.

Should we be stocking up on food? ›

Every American should have at least a three-day supply of food and water stored in their home, with at least one gallon of water per person per day. If you have the space, experts recommend a week's supply of food and water. Choose foods that don't require refrigeration and are not high in salt.

What are 7 perfect foods for survival? ›

What Emergency Foods to Keep in Your Pantry
  • Peanut Butter. ...
  • Whole-Wheat Crackers. ...
  • Nuts and Trail Mixes. ...
  • Cereal. ...
  • Granola Bars and Power Bars. ...
  • Dried Fruits, Such as Apricots and Raisins. ...
  • Canned Vegetables, Such as Green Beans, Carrots, and Peas. ...
  • Canned Beans.
Mar 27, 2023

What is the single healthiest food? ›

Lemons. Lemons have been widely regarded in the health industry as the world's healthiest food. The sour fruit is an alkalising powerfood; they have strong anti-inflammatory qualities and can even help to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.

Can you survive on rice and beans alone? ›

Still, if rice and beans is all you've got, it's a pretty decent choice. But "you're not going to have a complete diet," she says. The combo lacks Vitamin C and other essential nutrients. "It's extremely important that you eat meat and vegetables," Campos says.

What is the best way to store flour for years? ›

You can leave your flour in its original bag, but for long-term storage, it's best to move it to an air-tight container that can protect against smells (flour will absorb odors) and liquids from the freezer walls.

Is it OK to store flour and sugar in glass jars? ›

Storing flour in airtight plasticware or a glass mason jar will keep it fresh for up to 10 months and keep pests like flour bugs at bay. If you have the tools to vacuum seal your flour, it can last for up to two years.

How do you store 50 pounds of flour long term? ›

"Fifty pounds of flour should fit perfectly in a 13-gallon trash can with a lid," Mary-Frances Heck, our Senior Food Editor, told me. "I'd line it with a few plastic bags, then slide the flour bag in. Top with a cutout of cardboard to fit snugly against the flour, then lid it."

How do I stockpile food for a year? ›

Long-term Food Storage Items Include:
  1. Grains (Wheat berries have a longer shelf-life than ground flour, but a grain mill will be needed)
  2. Oats.
  3. Rice.
  4. Dry Beans.
  5. Pasta.
  6. Canned or Frozen Vegetables.
  7. Canned Sauces.
  8. Dehydrated Fruits.
Sep 26, 2021

How do you preserve food for 10 years? ›

The best ways to preserve food for long-term storage
  1. #1 Dehydrating. Dehydrating food can be done by using an oven, an electric dehydrator, or by the sun using a solar dehydrator. ...
  2. #2 Sun drying. ...
  3. #3 Drying. ...
  4. #4 Dry storage. ...
  5. #5 Canning. ...
  6. #6 Vacuum sealing. ...
  7. #7 Fermentation. ...
  8. #8 Salting.
Feb 16, 2016

How many oxygen absorbers for 5 gallon bucket of flour? ›

How many oxygen absorbers should I use? For 1-gallon bags, you should use 1-2 300cc oxygen absorbers. For 5-gallon bags you should use 5-7 300cc oxygen absorbers or 1 2000cc oxygen absorber.

Can you store flour in mason jars with oxygen absorbers? ›

You will achieve the longest quality shelf life by storing white flour in an air-tight container (#10 can, Mylar bag, mason jar, or PETE plastic bottle) with an oxygen absorber. The oxygen absorber extends the quality of the life of the flour and prevents any insects from surviving in storage.

Do you store rice with oxygen absorbers? ›

The best temperature to store grains, including rice, is 40°F or below; however, rice stored at a constant 70° F with oxygen absorbers will store well for up to 10 years. In cooler storage areas rice sealed in oxygen-free containers can be stored for up to 30 years.

Is there one food that can sustain a human? ›

"The only food that provides all the nutrients that humans need is human milk," Hattner said. "Mother's milk is a complete food. We may add some solid foods to an infant's diet in the first year of life to provide more iron and other nutrients, but there is a little bit of everything in human milk."

What food can you eat everyday and survive? ›

7 Perfect Survival Foods
  • Perfect Foods. (Image credit: XuRa | shutterstock) ...
  • Beans. (Image credit: USDA) ...
  • Kale. (Image credit: Justin Jernigan) ...
  • Cantaloupe. (Image credit: stock.xchng) ...
  • Berries. (Image credit: Ohio State University.) ...
  • Barley. (Image credit: USDA) ...
  • Seaweed. (Image credit: NOAA) ...
  • Fish. (Image credit: stock.xchng)
Jun 10, 2008

Can you live off of bread and water? ›

The short answer is yes, yes, it would, but the larger question is; is it even possible? You could probably survive on quality whole grain bread that's been fermented for a while. But eventually you would run into nutritional deficiencies, and in all likelihood, you'd eventually get sick of the carb-laden substance.

Will canned food last 20 years? ›

Most shelf-stable foods are safe indefinitely. In fact, canned goods will last for years, as long as the can itself is in good condition (no rust, dents, or swelling).

What canned food doesn't go bad? ›

Canned fruits and veggies

Canned fruits and vegetables that have been fermented or pickled are sold in airtight containers. Because they're usually packaged in an acidic solution, they can last for years.

What canned food should you always have? ›

Make sure to add them to your grocery list.
  • Canned diced tomatoes. Canned diced tomatoes are one of the ultimate pantry staples. ...
  • Canned beans. When it comes to versatility, it's pretty hard to top canned beans. ...
  • Canned fish or chicken. ...
  • Dried pasta and rice. ...
  • Coconut milk. ...
  • Canned corn. ...
  • Canned chickpeas.
Mar 17, 2022

What is the food outlook for 2023? ›

Food prices are expected to grow more slowly in 2023 than in 2022 but still at above historical-average rates. In 2023, all food prices are predicted to increase 6.2 percent, with a prediction interval of 4.9 to 7.5 percent.

How much emergency food should I have? ›

Three-day supply of nonperishable food and manual can opener.  Three-day supply of water (one gallon of water per person, per day).  Portable, battery-powered radio or television, and extra batteries.

Will there be a food shortage in 2030? ›

By 2030, the share of the population that is food insecure in the 76 countries is projected to fall to 11.6 percent (513 million people), which is a 44-percent drop from 2020. Even with the sharp decline, the 2030 estimate of food insecurity is almost 27 percent higher than the pre-COVID-19 scenario.

Which food does not spoil for years? ›

9 Foods That Never Expire (Ever)
  • Honey. Thanks to the magic handiwork of bees (they have special enzymes that basically inhibit bacterial growth) and the way it's processed for storage, honey is the longest lasting of the bunch. ...
  • Rice. ...
  • Instant Coffee. ...
  • White Vinegar. ...
  • Vanilla Extract. ...
  • Salt. ...
  • Dried Beans. ...
  • Sugar.
Sep 7, 2016

What is the best meat for long term storage? ›

Canned and dry meat – Believe it or not, canned meats last longer than their vegetable and fruit counterparts. Canned meats can last up to 5 years. Canned spam, canned chicken, and canned tuna are all solid options for storing valuable protein.

How do you make food last 25 years? ›

Squeezing the moisture content out of food items prevents contamination and is one of the best ways to store fruits and vegetables for long-term storage. Simply dehydrate them in an oven or dehydrator and put them in an airtight container with oxygen absorbers. This ensures foods that last for 25 years.

What will people eat in 50 years? ›

“Global consumption of fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes will have to double, and consumption of foods such as red meat and sugar will have to be reduced by more than 50%. A diet rich in plant-based foods and with fewer animal source foods confers both improved health and environmental benefits.”

What canned foods last longest? ›

The longest-lasting canned foods are canned meat 4-30 years, followed by canned vegetables 3-8 years, canned beans 3-6 years, canned fish 3-6 years, canned rice 2-6 years, canned broth 3-5 years, canned soups 2-4 years, and lastly canned fruits which only last around 1-2 years.

What not to put in Mylar bags? ›

Foods that Should NOT Be Packaged in Mylar Bag (with an Oxygen Absorber) Brown rice is high in oil content and has a short shelf life. Foods high in moisture or oil content such as raisins, nuts, granola, chocolate chips, cookies, and crackers are NOT good candidates for long-term storage in a Mylar bag.

How long will flour last in Mylar bags? ›

They can prevent moisture and sunlight from entering your flour, while oxygen absorbers suck up any oxygen that is present in the bag. This prevents the hatching or growth of insect eggs. By using Mylar bags, you can store flour and other dry ingredients for up to 10-15 years.

Can sugar be stored in Mylar bags? ›

Polyethylene bags, Mylar-type bags, food-grade plastic buckets, glass canning jars, and #10 cans are all suitable for dry sugar storage.

What foods can be stored indefinitely? ›

Here are 14 foods that will last anywhere from a year to forever.
  • You can consume honey past its expiration date. ...
  • Uncooked rice can last 30 years. ...
  • Peanut butter needs no refrigeration. ...
  • Alcohol won't perish easily. ...
  • Dried beans last indefinitely. ...
  • Energy bars are a must. ...
  • Certain types of candy can last up to a year.
Jul 2, 2019

What is the most powerful survival food you can make at home? ›

Hardtack, Pemmican, Parched Corn, and Trench Cake Are Some of the Original Foods for the Long Haul. MREs and emergency ration bars are fine examples of modern survival foods. These bug-out-friendly items can be stored for long periods and provide sustaining nutrition, two key requirements for survival food.

What foods last a long time without refrigeration? ›

22 Healthy Foods That Don't Spoil Easily
  • Nuts. With so many options to choose from, nuts are a great source of protein, fat, and fiber that offer a lot of variety. ...
  • Canned meats and seafood. ...
  • Dried grains. ...
  • Dark chocolate. ...
  • Canned fruits and veggies. ...
  • Dried fruit. ...
  • Canned coconut milk. ...
  • Dried beans.
Apr 17, 2019

What food could you not live without? ›

What Food Could You Not Live Without?
  • Mac and Cheese.
  • butter.
  • pizza.
  • milk.
  • bread.
  • bacon.
  • pasta.
  • cheese.
Mar 10, 2021

What are the top 10 survival foods? ›

What Emergency Foods to Keep in Your Pantry
  • Peanut Butter. ...
  • Whole-Wheat Crackers. ...
  • Nuts and Trail Mixes. ...
  • Cereal. ...
  • Granola Bars and Power Bars. ...
  • Dried Fruits, Such as Apricots and Raisins. ...
  • Canned Vegetables, Such as Green Beans, Carrots, and Peas. ...
  • Canned Beans.
Mar 27, 2023

What is one food you can survive on? ›

The potato is one good example. Andrew Taylor isn't the only person in history who has relied almost exclusively on potatoes for sustenance. In the beginning of the 1800s, about a third of the Irish population got most of their calories from spuds.

What is the easiest food to grow for survival? ›

For a survival garden, you want the bulk to be calorie-dense crops like winter squash, sweet potatoes, and potatoes. You then want to round out your calorie crops with flavorful and nutritional plants like amaranth and garlic.

What is the oldest survival food? ›

Pemmican may be the oldest survival food known to North America. What is pemmican and how is it made?

What food can go the longest without expiring? ›

13 Surprising Foods With Unusually Long Shelf Lives
  • Hard Liquor // Nearly Forever - Unopened* ...
  • Canned Beans // 30+ years. ...
  • Ramen Noodles // 10+ years. ...
  • Flour // 5-8 years. ...
  • Dried Pasta // 5-8 years. ...
  • Canned Tuna // 5 years. ...
  • Peanut Butter // 2-5 years. ...
  • Coconut Oil // 2 years.

What meat doesn't need to be refrigerated? ›

Canned or dehydrated meat: Canned chicken, tuna, salmon, and dehydrated meat like beef jerky can add bulk to your meals. Since the meats come canned or dehydrated, you won't need to worry about refrigeration.


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