What food can I stored away and wont go bad ?July 29, 2011 No Comments
Hypothetical speaking if I wanted to store a whole bunch of food away in a storage, in case of an emergency, like a big catastrophic , like hurricane or earthquake or something bigger, what food would not go bad if I store them away for years ? and how would I store them away ?
The following is from Hormel, the makers of SPAM and other canned meat products:
"What is the shelf life of a Hormel Foods product in an unopened can?
The processing techniques utilized by Hormel Foods makes the canned product safe for use indefinitely if the product seal remains intact, unbroken and securely attached to a can that has been well maintained. It is suggested that all canned products be stored in a cool and dry environment to keep the flavor adequately preserved. For maximum flavor it is recommended that the product be used within three years of the manufacturing date. After that period of time, the product is still safe to use however, the flavor gradually declines."
If you want a LOT of food for a LONG time, go for the basics (wheat, beans, rice, salt and sugar will keep for years if properly stored). Supplement that with freeze-dried foods which are expensive but will last 20-30 years if properly stored. these include freeze-dried vegetables and fruits and meats. Supplement that with dehydrated/powdered foods that you will need to rotate more often, such as powdered eggs and powdered milk, cooking oil, etc. Lastly, store foods you eat now that you can rotate daily or weekly so they stay fresh, such as canned grocery store foods. If an emergency comes, depend on those and supplement with the other basics and if it is a long-term situation and the grocery foods run out, then you still have the basic to sustain life.
PROPER STORING for dried foods is in a sealed can, stored where it is cool and dark and dry. Don't store foods in a garage or attic where it may get too hot (although cold won't bother it). keep cans off the direct floor as moisture can collect underneath and rust them. You can also use food-grade storage buckets for bulk items. Be sure and store WATER, as it is more important than food and will be needed to rehydrate/reconstitute your stored foods. Have a grinder for grains and beans and store extra can openers. also invest in recipe books if you aren't familiar with cooking beans and rice and grains, and start incorporating them into your daily diet, as a sudden diet change can cause digestion problems. Store herbs and spices, bouillon, salt, yeast, baking powder, baking soda, etc. Don't grind grains until ready to use, or nutrients dissipate. get a hand grinder in addition to an electric grinder in case a sitaution arises where you don't have power. Learn to use them.
You can purchase freeze-dried foods online – there are multlple places. Two of the best are Emergency Essentials and Honeyville Grains, but many other are out there as well.
Granola bars, Hershey bars, soup, nuts, peanut butter, and beef jerky. My family has an emergency kit, too. We keep our stuff (like gas masks, food, fire extinguisher, etc..) in a plastic tub under our China cabinet.
Apple sauce,crackers,water,pudding,green beans,caned soup,caned fruit,caned vegetables,ramon noodles,
and you should store them in a waterproff bag that is small and can fit in a small spot.
Rice, dry beans, honey, canned meats.
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