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10 Emergency Foods That Will Never Expire

Yohan Adrianwalla Mar 7, 2020
Whether you're looking to survive the next natural disaster or simply reorganizing your pantry, it is vital to know the shelf life of food. Though there are a number of food items that will outlast most natural calamities, they should be stored appropriately to increase their longevity.
The best storage is one that is cool, dry, dark, and air-tight. Some foods may lose their taste over long periods of time, but they are still fit to eat.
Honey found at an Egyptian excavation site which was thousands of years old was apparently still edible.
White rice can last up to 30 years if stored in an airtight container. Brown rice, however, has a high oil content, and would spoil in a matter of months.
Uses: Food, alternative to wheat flour.
Honey can be called the one food that really lasts forever. It is very acidic and has almost no moisture; hence, it has the least chances of getting spoiled by bacteria and the like.
Uses: Food, medicine.
The hydrophobic or water removing properties of salt have been used for centuries to preserve food.
Unfortunately, it isn't the one you keep on the table. Addition of Iodine to salt apparently reduces its life to a couple of years. Technically, salt isn't organic food, it is a mineral from rocks; hence, it can never get spoiled. It can however become moist and form a great big lump.
Uses: Food, preservative, medicine, making soap.
The shelf life of sugar depends completely on the method of storage used.
It should always be kept in an airtight container. Apparently, moisture can be kept at bay by adding a few grains of rice in the container.
Uses: Food, sweetener for beverages, insecticide - apparently sugar and baking powder combined will kill cockroaches.
According to the Guide to Food Storage for Emergencies by the Utah State University, pure maple syrup can never get spoiled.
Also, The Massachusetts Maple Producers Association claims that, due to their resistance to microbial growth, including mold, maple syrup can last forever. Even if there is mold on the surface, it can be neutralized by skimming the top and then boiling the syrup.
Uses: Sweetener.
Wheat in one form or another accounts for a large part of the daily diet for most of the population of the globe. It is a vital source of protein in the absence of meat. It also has vital vitamins and minerals.
Uses: Alcohol, food, animal fodder.
Corn is another vital grain widely used across the globe. Drying corn increases its shelf life drastically, allowing for it to be used all year round.
Uses: Food, animal fodder, by-products can be used as fuel, a paste can be used to treat some skin ailments.
This universal champion is a must for all.
Uses: Food, dental hygiene, cleaning agent.
This saturated fat is also known as clarified butter. It is made by evaporating all the water from butter, leaving separated protein and fat. The fat is the ghee.
This does not require to be refrigerated, and can last forever.
Uses: Food, substitute for cooking oil.
Due to its extremely acidic nature, vinegar is immune to any biological spoilers. It has an indefinite shelf life.
Uses: Food, preservative, cleaning agent, disinfectant.