Are you wondering what foods to include in your long-term food storage? In addition to freeze-dried options that you can buy, there are other, less expensive food options that will last for decades. Here are 10 items you should consider adding to your food storage list.
Alcohol may not technically be a “food,” but for some it’s an essential part of their survival plans. Liquor will basically last forever, and everyone knows that wine gets even better with age. So go ahead, add some quality alcohol to your food storage. The one exception is beer. It may not be unsafe to drink after a few decades, but it will taste so bad you won’t want it anymore.
2. Dried Beans
Dried beans are full of nutrients your body needs to stay healthy, including zinc, iron, potassium, folate and magnesium. They’re also an important source of protein if you don’t have a lot of access to animal products. When stored in airtight containers, dried beans can last indefinitely.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has many health benefits and is an important component of many different recipes. It can also last for decades when stored in a cool, dry area.
4. Freeze-Dried Corn
Did you know you can freeze-dry corn, then seal it in mylar bags with oxygen absorbers to help it last for up to 10 years? This is a great way to make good use of your corn harvest while padding your bunker at the same time.
Butter may not be something you want to put in your food storage because it can’t last long (especially without refrigeration). Fortunately, ghee is a great substitute for butter and can last indefinitely. It’s basically butter, but is processed to remove all milk solids.
Archaeologists have found honey that was thousands of years old and still safe to eat. Honey makes a great substitute for sugar and is a wise addition to your food stores. Over time it tends to get hard, so just be sure to heat it up before using it.
Pemmican is a Native American food that can last for up to 50 years when kept in air-tight containers in a cool, dry place. It’s made out of rendered fat, finely ground meat, honey, dried nuts and fruits. There are a lot of pemmican recipes online, so find one that you prefer and get busy making your own!
Plain salt does not have an expiration date, which means it can last indefinitely. This makes sense, considering the salt that’s on the shelf is probably already thousands of years old. However, it’s important to note that iodized salt does have a shelf life of approximately 5 years. So if you want salt that lasts indefinitely, don’t get the iodized kind.
9. White Rice
Did you know white rice can last up to 30 years, as long as it’s kept in an airtight container with oxygen absorbers in a cool, dry place? Rice is very filling and is easy to add to a wide variety of meals. Make sure you have enough in your bunker to last you and your family members for at least a year. Make sure you don’t choose the brown kind, since it doesn’t have a very long shelf life.
These are just a few of the foods you can add to your bunker that last decades. For greater variety, choose you favorite foods in freeze-dried form. Almost anything can be freeze-dried, which automatically adds years to a food’s shelf life. Above all, make sure you have enough variety to keep you from getting bored of your food if you’re forced to subsist on it for years on end.