Which foods will last forever? While ‘nothing lasts forever’, some foods and ingredients will last almost ‘forever’ – a really long time…
Here’s a list to get you thinking about naturally long lasting food storage preparedness:
White sugar will store indefinitely. It will last forever. Sugar has an indefinite shelf life because it does not support microbial growth.
30 uses for salt. Salt will last indefinitely. Since is a mineral and it will not spoil. Salt is a powerful flavor enhancer and anti-microbial meat preservative.
The Many Benefits of Honey. Raw honey keeps well because it contains practically no water content and it’s loaded with sugar. This will dry out any bacteria that attempts to make its home in honey. The consistency and color of honey can change over time. An easy fix for crystallized honey is to gently reheat it. Honey also serves as a topical wound healing treatment.
White rice will last almost indefinitely with proper storage (sealed, airtight container in a cool dry place). Brown rice, on the other hand, has a short shelf life of generally 6 to 12 months because of its higher oil content which causes it to go rancid more quickly.
Dried beans can last almost indefinitely if stored properly. Gradual moisture loss will eventually affect the taste and texture, and old beans will need longer soaking and cooking times (try adding salt toward the end of the recipe to avoid toughening up the skin).
A few practical uses for vinegar. White Vinegar is made out of corn. Apple Cider Vinegar is (you guessed it) made out of apples. Vinegar contains a low pH and is technically a preserved food. Vinegar can be used as a condiment and a cleaning agent.
Powdered milk has pretty much an indefinite shelf life when sealed up. If you don’t have your own milking cow, this is a great alternative for SHTF food storage 😉
Unrefined coconut oil is also called virgin coconut oil. This type of coconut oil has the most nutritional benefits and the shelf life has been documented as anywhere from 2-5 years to ‘indefinite’. It can be used in place of butter, shortening, and cooking oil.
Hard liquor. Distilled spirits will last indefinitely. It will never go bad (even if it has been opened). Not only is it a pain relief and stress reliever (in moderation 😉 ) but can be a disinfectant (wounds). Be aware that ‘Liqueurs’ though contain sugar and other ingredients that can spoil over time. Cream liqueurs have dairy, cream or egg and only last about 18 months.
Corn starch (thickening agent for gravy and other things) and corn syrup (it’s sweet) keep indefinitely.
Soy Sauce, useful for flavoring dishes.
Pure Vanilla extract lasts ‘forever’.
100% Maple Syrup.
Ghee (a clarified butter).
Bouillon Cubes. Great for enhancing the flavor of your food storage ‘staples’.
Dehydrated vegetables, sealed in a can (although expensive).
Oats. Like rice, oats will keep for a LONG time if stored properly.
Any additional suggestions for naturally long-lasting foods and ingredients?