When you are building up your food storage, it’s important to choose a variety of foods for nutritional value. However, you also want to keep longevity in mind. There is no point in storing up hundreds of pounds of canned goods that will expire before they can be safely consumed. An easy solution is to make the largest percentage of your food supplies be based on foods that can last for years. The following foods can be safely stored for 10 or more years if you package them appropriately.
1. White Rice
White rice is readily available at any supermarket or bulk food store. I prefer to buy rice in large 10-pound bags when I see them go on sale. Sometimes you can score bags of rice at the local dollar store.
Sugar is a staple for a variety of recipes. You can use sugar for baked goods, jams, jellies, teas, and even in homemade baby formula. This is one staple that is very cheap if you get it on sale. You can buy it in large bags and bring it home for safe storage preparation.
3. Pinto Beans
Beans are the magical source of nutrition among preppers. They are the perfect mix of protein and carbohydrates and can be prepared in all kinds of recipes like soups, stews, and chili. Like most dried goods, you can buy pinto beans in large bags and it’s easy to find them at rock bottom prices if you watch for sales.
4. Rolled Oats
Oats are a daily staple in my home. My kids eat oatmeal every morning and it’s an excellent source of fiber and it tends to keep you full for a long time. In an emergency situation, oatmeal is easy to prepare because you only need to add some boiling water.
There are dozens of varieties of dry pasta available in your local supermarket. By shopping the sales and even using coupons, you can quickly have more spaghetti and macaroni noodles than you ever could imagine using! Don’t overlook this excellent prepper staple. Combine those boxes of pasta in a large storage bucket and seal them properly and they will keep for more than 10 years.
6. Potato Flakes
I used to think that potato flakes were nasty. After all, I make my mashed potatoes from scratch, thank you very much! But after doing some research, I realized that they could be a life saving staple so I began adding them to my food supplies. Those potato flakes can be used in dozens of ways and they are instant nutrition when you just add some boiling water.
7. Nonfat Powdered Milk
We use milk every single day around here and cooking without it would certainly prove difficult. The good news is that nonfat powdered milk will last for more than 10 years! You just mix it up and use it like regular milk in any recipe.
Know the Proper Storage Techniques
The key to making these supplies last for more than a decade is all about how you store them. You should keep these foods in large plastic buckets with oxygen absorber packs and a tight fitting lid. This will keep out insects and preserve the nutritional quality. All of these products should be kept at room temperature if possible and never put them in a place where the temperature will exceed 75 degrees if possible. Most importantly, you need to keep the containers dry. If you can, try to place them on a shelf so they are off of the floor, this will allow better air circulation.
With the proper storage techniques, you can get the ultimate shelf life out of your foods. Make your pantry staple investment last longer with proper storage and you will be prepared to keep your family well fed in a disaster situation.