Monday, December 28, 2020

Surviving the Fall of the American Republic and End of Western Civilization

By Timothy Gamble

One of the primary strategies of preppers and survivalists is to store food, water, and other supplies that may be needed during any future emergencies. Having food storage and other supplies stockpiled will allow some measure of protection against future inflation and shortages, which may happen suddenly or without warning as we saw during the early stages of the current pandemic. It will also eliminate the necessity of taking many trips to the store during dangerous times which may arise due to pandemics or civil unrest. Stockpiling food is a good idea, but it raises the question of how long food can be safely stored. There is a lot of conflicting and confusing information on food storage out there.  Here is what you need to know.

How long can food be stored?

The quick, easy, and honest answer is: Food is safe to eat until it goes bad. The “best by” or “expiration” date doesn’t really matter. If the food hasn’t gone bad, it is safe to eat even after that date. If the food has gone bad, it isn’t safe to eat even if it hasn’t yet reached the date printed on it. 

In fact, most foods you will buy at the store don’t actually have expiration dates. In most cases they have best by dates. A best buy date is about the freshness of the item, not about safety. A best buy date is the company’s estimate for how long the item will be at its freshest and tastiest. It is not an estimate of when it will go bad. Most foods, properly stored, will be safe to eat long after they have passed their best by date. Some foods may lose some of their nutritional value over time, but they will still be edible and provide calories and some nutrients for years to come, as long as they haven’t gone bad. 

How do you know when food goes bad? 

There are legitimate safety concerns with long term food storage. You do not want to eat spoiled food, even if it has not yet reached its expected storage life span. How can you tell if food has gone bad? It is about common sense and awareness. Here are some clues to when food has gone bad:

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10 pound boxes of Quaker Oats old fashioned oatmeal last about 6 years after expiration. After which the bug eggs deposited on the oatmeal before the oats are harvested hatch and eat the oatmeal. Theoretically, the bugs should taste like oatmeal.

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