Any thoughts about stockpiling foods in the event of a catastrophic emergency are dominated by two simple words: Shelf life. Some foods lose their nutritional value over time; others can become rancid or even dangerous if microbial or fungal growth invades the food. Curiously, there also are foods that have a shelf life measured in decades, if not centuries
We’re going to explore three general categories of foods that can be stored for various periods of time:
- Foods with an extremely long shelf life, even up to centuries.
- Foods with a very long shelf life (decades) due to their processing and packaging.
- Grocery store foods with a fairly long shelf life, six months to a year, or longer.
Foods With an Extremely Long Shelf Life
Some foods by their nature have surprisingly long shelf life if packaged and stored properly. Many are available at your local grocery store for a relatively low cost but you may want to consider repackaging or further sealing them if you plan to store them for any significant length of time. Here’s the top 10 long-term food storage champs: