If anything, the pandemic highlighted the importance of having a build up of a food supply. Foods kept in the pantry or freezer are literally lifesavers. Pandemic or not, you must have a healthy stash at home. Below are some of your best options that will keep for years and years.
- Dried beans
Cheap and nutritious, dried beans can happily stay stored in your pantry for up to 30 years. However, for the best color and flavor, it is ideal to use them after 12 months.
- Frozen foods
Maintain the cold temperature of your freezer and your frozen fruit, vegetables, and meat will remain safe to eat indefinitely. Bonus: freezer storage has little to no effect on food nutrient value.
- Canned goods
Commercially canned foods can last two to five years from the manufacturing date. If you can your own foods, you must eat them within the year, maximum of two years. When shopping for canned food, make sure the cans are perfect and there are no dents, rust, bulges, or scratches.
Properly stored sugar can last indefinitely. It does not support microbial growth so they are perfect for your stockpile.
- Powdered milk
Unopened powdered milk can be kept in your pantry for up to five years. Once the package is opened, you must consume it within three months. For best storage, place it in a cool and dark location within your house.
Ancient honey that archaeologists have dug today is still edible. They just last for decades and centuries. It is normal to observe some physical or chemical changes though. The honey may darken or crystallize and lose some of its aroma or flavor.
Keep oats in your pantry and you potentially have breakfast ready for the next 30 years. To maximize its shelf life, keep it in an airtight container and store it in a cool, dark, and dry place.
- White Rice
Similar to oats, you can keep white rice for up to 30 years. Store it in a sealed and oxygen-free container for the best results. Carbohydrates sorted in the event of any emergency!