Food Storage

buckets dinnerpackage dog-food-storage-bins Food_Storage Food-storage-shelf-items popbottles shelving storage 2 Properly packaged, low-moisture foods stored at room temperature or cooler (75°F/24°C or lower) remain nutritious and edible much longer than previously thought according to findings of recent scientific studies. Estimated shelf life for many products has increased to 30 years or more (see chart for new estimates of shelf life). Previous estimates of longevity were based on “best-if-used-by” recommendations and experience. Though not studied, sugar, salt, baking soda (essential for soaking beans), and vitamin C in tablet form also store well long-term. Some basic foods do need more frequent rotation, such as vegetable oil every 1 to 2 years.

While there is a decline in nutritional quality and taste over time, depending on the original quality of food and how it was processed, packaged, and stored, the studies show that even after being stored long-term, the food will help sustain life in an emergency.

For tips on how to best preserve longer-term food storage products, see Longer-Term Supply.

Food

New   “Life Sustaining” Shelf-Life
Estimates (In Years)

Wheat

30+

White   rice

30+

Corn

30+

Sugar

30+

Pinto   beans

30  </<   td>

Rolled   oats

30  </<   td>

Pasta

30  </<   td>

Potato   flakes

30  </<   td>

Apple   slices

30  </<   td>

Non-fat   powdered milk

20  </<   td>

Dehydrated   carrots

20  </<   td>

 

for One Month

Recommended
Products

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25 lbs.

Wheat, white rice, corn, and other   grains

30+ years

5 lbs.

Dry beans

30+ years

You may also want to add other items to your longer-term storage such as sugar, nonfat dry milk, salt, baking soda, and cooking oil. To meet nutritional needs, also store foods containing Vitamin C and other essential nutrients.

Emergency Preparedness  – a great site for year long planning that I ran across in my search for the best information and planning.

 

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