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Whether you’re sick of throwing out food that’s long past its expiry date, or are working on preparing a food stockpile in case of an emergency, consumables that practically never spoil can be a huge asset to your household. This article lists non-perishable food items that not only have long shelf lives, but if taken care of properly, these foods stand a chance of never going bad within your lifetime.

These ideal survival foods will of course need to be stored the right way in order to retain their practically never-ending shelf life. The absolute best place to keep a food stockpile is in a dark, cool, and dry spot, free of humidity, moisture, direct sunlight, and extreme temperatures. Keeping consumables in an air-tight container, or better yet, vacuum packed, is also very important to increasing shelf life.

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Although many non-perishable survival foods may change flavour and/or texture over the years, they remain edible and perfectly safe for consumption over indefinite periods of time. Use your senses to judge whether or not food with long shelf life has expired. If it smells off, has become too soft, or has developed mold, it’s better not to eat the item.

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Best Long Shelf-Life Non-Perishable Food Items You Can Buy

1. Staple survival foods that are non-perishable

You’ll need to be really careful about keeping these completely dry and free from moisture, but if you can manage to store these in air-tight containers, they will keep for an incredibly long period of time.

  • Rice: white, wild, jasmine, Arborio and basmati (brown rice does not keep forever)
  • Hardtack crackers/biscuits
  • Dried cranberries

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2. Other survival foods that are non-perishable

Although some of these food items will change texture, thickening or hardening over time, they will only change in terms of taste. These survival foods never spoil, and will still remain edible long after their flavour has changed.

  • Honey
  • Molasses
  • Maple syrup
  • Dried lentils
  • Dried beans
  • Dried split peas
  • Dry mix Jello
  • Gobstoppers

3. Survival foods that if frozen are non-perishable

Though these non-perishable foods last a long time if they’re left out in the open, if they’re frozen, their shelf life extends to indefinite amounts of time.

  • Dried pasta
  • Noodles
  • Dried fruits (such as raisins, dried cranberries, dried cranberries, dried cherries, dried apricots, dried mangoes, dates, dried blueberries, dried plums, banana chips, figs)
  • Instant/freeze-dried coffee

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4. Base ingredients that are non-perishable

Apparently, these base ingredients can be the perfect survival food. According to some sources, if you simply keep them unused, in an air-tight container and completely free of humidity and moisture, and you’re likely to never have to buy them again.

  • Corn starch
  • Baking soda
  • Corn syrup

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5. Seasonings that are non-perishable

Seasonings are also excellent survival foods, as they’re food that lasts forever, and only get weaker in strength of taste over long periods of time. Like with the base ingredients, keep these in an air-tight container, free of moisture and humidity, and they’re likely to never expire.

  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Pepper
  • Spices
  • Dried herbs
  • Pure flavour extracts (pure vanilla extract, etc.)

6. Condiments that are non-perishable

While these foods will likely change in taste after some time, they remain safe to eat indefinitely. The best way to keep these non-perishable foods is in an airtight container, free of moisture, and in a dark, cool spot, away from sunlight. This type of storage will keep your non-perishable food condiments tasting better for longer.

  • Vinegar (white, apple, balsamic, raspberry, rice wine, and red wine vinegar)
  • Worcestershire sauce (unopened)

7. Survival drinks that are non-perishable

Non-perishable drinks are another asset you can add to your survival food stockpile. Any alcohol over 10% that does not contain eggs, milk, and other dairy derivatives (ex. not Baileys, Tia Maria, etc.) should typically last forever in a stockpile. Alcohol also has disinfectant and medicinal properties, so keeping it stocked, especially when it never goes bad, is definitely a good idea for any prepper. Learn more about the best alcohol to stockpile here.

  • Wine
  • Spirits
  • Liquors

Any Long-Term Expiry Date Food Items We’ve Missed?

Let us know if we’ve missed anything that should be on this survival foods list by leaving a comment down below!

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3 COMMENTS

  1. CuzMike Posted on October 6, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    A person can save money by vacuum sealing with used jars.

  2. Green Dragon Posted on October 6, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    Animal Proteins and Fats in general tend to go bad over time. However, one can greatly extend these by freezing. Making pig fat (lard) or beef fat (suet) and freezing it in bulk or cubes will greatly extend the usefulness likely beyond the time power will be out and you will need to use it.

    One of the first things you buy in bulk if you think a SHTF situation is close is FAT!!!
    Fat is energy, many carbs that store well can be fried. Many people during the Great Depression at fried dough to keep alive. Rice & Beans along with fat to fry the beans can keep you going. So store the white rice and Beans and buy FAT.
    If you raise animals you can buy bulk fat and use it mixed with animal feed before it goes bad. I use fat to help my poultry get through the winter every year.

  3. Phillip Posted on October 7, 2018 at 1:30 am

    I always knew that wine, spirits, and liquor were part of an essential food group. Now I know which one, the “survival food group”.

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