Which foods will last forever? Okay, maybe some of them won’t actually last ‘forever’, but maybe ‘almost’ forever!
When we’re talking about decades, that’s almost forever, right?
Here’s a starter list to get you thinking about naturally long lasting foods for preparedness and storage:
TWINKIES (They’ve proven this, right?)
KRISPY CREME DONUTS (?)
White rice is a food that will last forever (almost indefinitely) with proper storage (sealed, airtight container in a cool dry place). Cooked white rice has about 200 calories per cup (nearly 700 raw).
Dried beans can last almost indefinitely if stored properly. That said, gradual moisture loss will eventually affect the taste and texture. Old beans will need longer soaking and cooking times (try adding salt toward the end of the recipe to avoid toughening up the skin). Use a pressure cooker to quickly cook those old beans (it works!). Pinto beans are packed with about 250 calories per cup boiled (almost 700 raw).
‘Wheat Berries’ if stored properly will last forever – many decades (or longer!). A flour mill will be needed to grind the wheat into flour (the best way for delicious fresh bread!). There are more than 600 calories in one cup of raw wheat berries.
White sugar will store indefinitely. It will last forever. Sugar has an indefinite shelf life because it does not support microbial growth. There are almost 800 calories in a cup of sugar! Not exactly a food, but health issues aside, it’s a common ingredient in so many foods or food preparation…
Again, not something that you would consume directly, but it’s probably the most common additive to spice up foods. Salt will last indefinitely. It is a mineral and will not spoil. Salt is a powerful flavor enhancer and anti-microbial meat preservative.
Raw honey keeps well because it contains practically no water content and it’s loaded with sugar. 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. Honey in contact with any bacteria will ‘dry’ it out.
White Vinegar is made out of corn. Apple Cider Vinegar is (you guessed it) is made from apples. Vinegar contains a low pH and is technically a preserved food. Vinegar can be used as a condiment, a cleaning agent and for many other uses.
Powdered milk has pretty much an indefinite shelf life when sealed up. Perhaps a good alternative for long term food storage preps.
Unrefined coconut oil is also called virgin coconut oil. This type of coconut oil has the most nutritional benefits and 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. We use it all the time here at the MSB homestead. Delicious too.
Hard liquor. Distilled spirits will last indefinitely. It will never go bad (even if it has been opened). 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.
Other Foods that will last Forever?
SPAM (What’s it made of?)
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’.
Freeze Dried & Dehydrated foods properly sealed (up to 25 years, depending on food type).
Oats. Like rice, oats will keep for a LONG time if stored properly.
Any additional suggestions for naturally long-lasting foods?