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17 Survival Foods That Can Last A Century
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When it comes to stockpiling food, shelf life is by far one of the most important factors that preppers must pay attention to. While most foods will have a limited shelf-life, there are a few foods that can be safely stored for more than one hundred years.

If you are looking for foods that you never have to worry about going bad, check out these seventeen survival foods that can last a century.

However, before you go out and start buying them, keep in mind that these foods will only last a century if they’re stored properly. Be sure to read the food storage section at the end of the article for more information.

Note: A lot of people have pointed out that many of these aren’t actually foods; they’re ingredients. I guess by food, I meant anything that you can ingest. If you can’t eat it by itself, you can at least use it in a recipe.

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As most people know, wine gets better the older it gets. However, over time the fruiter flavors will fade leaving behind the non-fruity flavors, which could be good or bad, depending on the wine. Base liquors (brandy, gin, vodka, whiskey, etc.) will last indefinitely. Beer, on the other hand, will not last 100 years. At best it will last a few years if refrigerated and only a year or so when not refrigerated.

Apple cider vinegar is probably one of the healthiest foods in the world. It has tons of health benefits and literally over 100 uses, so even if you don’t cook with it, it’s still worth stockpiling.

Baking soda is an important ingredient in a wide range of recipes as well as a versatile product that can be used for everything from cleaning to personal hygiene. Here’s a list of uses for baking soda.

When stored in airtight containers, baking soda won’t ever go bad. Transfer your baking soda from the cardboard carton it comes in to a more permanent container and keep it in a cool, dry place.

Specifically, dried beans, which are listed as having an indefinite shelf-life when stored in airtight containers. However, dried beans do begin to lose their moisture after a few years in storage, meaning they might not have the same taste and texture after a certain point.

Nevertheless, they will remain edible, making dried beans a great survival food to stockpile.

Cornstarch is a great ingredient for thickening sauces and adding flavor to various dishes. It also never goes bad.

However, since most cornstarch is sold in cardboard cartons that will break down over time, you may want to transfer your cornstarch to a more permanent container before storing it.

Corn syrup might not be the healthiest food, but it is a great sweetener that never goes bad.

Store your corn syrup in a cool, dry area and it will have an indefinite shelf-life.

Ghee is a form of butter that originated in South Asia. Unlike traditional butter, ghee never goes bad since all of the moisture is evaporated out.

Store your ghee in a cool, dry place and you will always have a tasty butter substitute available.

Honey may crystallize and begin turning to sugar over time, but it never really goes bad. Simply heating the honey in warm water will dissolve these crystals in a matter of minutes.

Stored in either plastic or glass jars, honey has an indefinite shelf life, meaning you can enjoy a sweet treat no matter how many years have gone by.

If you are one of the many people that rely on a cup of coffee each morning to kickstart your day, you’ll be happy to know that instant coffee never spoils when stored properly.

To keep instant coffee from going bad, you will have to store it in vacuum sealed bags that are kept in a freezer.

Maple syrup is similar to honey in many ways. It can be stored indefinitely without going bad when kept in a cool, dry place, but may begin to crystallize over time.

As with honey, a little warm water is all it takes to dissolve the crystals.

To be honest, making this one last a century might be difficult. It needs to be plain popcorn kernels without any seasoning, and it needs to be completely vacuum sealed and kept cool and away from any moisture. But technically, it’s possible to make it last for decades or even longer.

Rice is a staple survival food, thanks in part to the fact that it is cheap and filling. However, rice is also an ideal survival food thanks to its indefinite shelf-life.

Before they are opened, bags of rice will last forever when stored in a cool, dry place. After opening a bag of rice, you’ll have to transfer it to a freezer to keep it from spoiling.

Salt will last an eternity in storage – which makes sense given that salt is often mined from the earth after resting beneath the ground for untold amounts of time. However, make sure you get non-iodized salt. Even though the salt lasts forever, the iodine will go bad after five years.

Simply store your salt in a cool, dry area and it will never go stale. Be sure to get sea salt, which retains more nutrients than ordinary table salt.

Due largely to its high sodium content, soy sauce has an indefinite shelf-life, so long as it remains unopened.

Simply store your soy sauce in a cool, dry area and it will never spoil.

Despite the fact that cells survive on a form of sugar – glucose – sugar itself does not support the growth of bacteria.

This means that all forms of sugar – including white, brown, and powdered sugar – will last forever when kept in an airtight container and stored in a cool, dry area.

This stuff is essential if you like to bake or make pancakes. When stored properly, pure vanilla extract will never spoil.

However, it is essential to ensure that you really are purchasing pure vanilla extract as opposed to artificial vanilla extract since the artificial stuff only has a shelf-life of three to four years.

If you purchase the real thing and store it in a cool, dry place, it won’t ever spoil.

White vinegar is a necessary ingredient for many recipes and a versatile cleaning supply as well. It has lots of uses around the house.

It also lasts forever when stored properly – which entails keeping your vinegar in a tightly sealed container and storing it in a cool, dry place.

Did I mention storing your food in a cool, dry place? This is incredibly important.

Obviously, there are many ways to store food, but for the dry foods listed above, your best bet is to put them in Mylar bags with oxygen absorbers and put those in food grade buckets with lids. (The liquids can stay in their bottles; just put them in a location withe criteria listed above.)

To store your dry foods, do the following:

As long as you do these things, the foods listed above should last at least a century. One more thing, don’t forget to rotate your food.

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Nancy says

June 14, 2019 at 3:37 pm

Alcohol and Liquor are the same thing so it is really a list of 16 items. Also listing Apple Cider Vinegar and White Vinegar should really be listed as one item…..Vinegar.

Lyn says

June 11, 2019 at 6:48 pm

Anything that requires refrigeration ior freezing is not a survival food. You can freeze the coffee, and the clock will begin to tick on it when you thaw. A sealed jar of well-packed instant will last 3-4 years at room temp.

Dried beans (even stored in mylar with an O2 absorber) will harden and get inedible skins. Pintos, the favorite survival beans, are the worst. Hard beans won’t ever soften, even in a pressure cooker. They will cause extreme intestinal distress, which is not good for a person trying to stay alive under duress. If you store dry beans, learn the difference in HTC and ETC beans.

Maple syrup at room temperature will grow nasties. Real,100% honey, will not.

Ramen, which is fried in oil that will become rancid, is a terrible storage food.

twp says

June 2, 2019 at 5:05 pm

RE Raman Noodles, they Do go bad, and fairly quickly, because of the oil/fat used in many brands. It is easy to test by just smelling a package upon opening.

Vocalpatriot says

June 1, 2019 at 11:28 pm

using a vacuum to suck out the air will just not work without a special setup to pinch it closed while you seal it…

CL says

June 1, 2019 at 4:35 pm

On the salt… Morton’s says iodized salt only has a five year shelf life. The salt never goes bad, but the iodine does.

Alan says

June 4, 2019 at 9:36 am

You’re right, thanks for pointing that out. The article as been updated.

Hunter says

May 30, 2019 at 10:53 pm

Most were not actually food but will come in handy in a survival situation. The title needs to be reworded. Clickbait? Maybe.

Richardd says

May 29, 2019 at 10:46 pm

If you stretch the truth maybe 5 of the 17 are foods you can eat: Ramen, rice, beans, coffee, and honey. You can’t eat as a diet: vinegar, syrup, soy, salt, baking soda and the rest. Granted they may aid in survival. BUT FOOD? NOT REALLY. Not a truthful list.

Alan says

June 4, 2019 at 9:37 am

You’re right. Technically a lot of them are ingredients. But “17 Survival Ingredients” didn’t sound as good.

Clergylady says

May 29, 2019 at 5:36 pm

Interesting and logical.

Roger says

May 29, 2019 at 2:43 pm

You should rephrase the title and premise of the article. Most of these items are not foods. Helpful ingredients? Yes.

Milan Hofman says

May 29, 2019 at 11:43 am

Very interesting and inspiring, but where and what are survival foods ad 8/ and ad 9/?

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