You can go a while without fire, or electricity. You can go a while without proper shelter. Food isn’t something you can avoid for too long, and having a good stockpile of food for when you need it most is very important.
We have chosen these 5 foods with a long shelf life that also have variety. You can only eat the same thing so many times before you want to pull your hair out, so having a stockpile that can be utilized in multiple ways or dishes is going to improve your quality of life when trouble comes and you need to fall back on it.
#5: Dried Beans
Hear me out. Beans are boring, yes. But there are multiple varieties, and when they are dried and sealed properly, they have a shelf life of up to 30 years. That’s a long time, so you would be a fool to not include it in your stockpile.
You can change up your meals by adding different dried spices, including rice or wild game, or cooking them into stews or soups. Make sure you keep your beans in a cool, dry area inside of an airtight sealed container for best results.
I cannot overstate the importance of proper seasoning of food. Seriously, make something without salt, and then make it again with. The difference is night and day. In the scenario where you are eating through your stockpile, being able to season your food properly is going to make a big difference in your quality of life overall.
Store sugar, salt, and other spices in an airtight container in a cool, dry place to avoid moisture collection. These pantry staples will last indefinitely if you properly store them.
#3: Powdered Whole Eggs
If you don’t have chickens that lay eggs, or you’re concerned about their survival long term, powdered whole eggs are actually a really excellent option. They last up to seven years stored in cool, dry place in an airtight container, and can be added to a lot of different dishes to increase protein and improve taste. If you campfire bake, or have a wood oven, these can be substituted in recipes with some minor tweaking, so you can still eat fresh goods while in a serious situation.
#2: Rolled Oats
Oats get a bad rap as only a breakfast food, but the real truth is they are a very cheap, versatile ingredient that will last for upwards of 30 years in your stockpile if you store them right. Oatmeal for breakfasts is filling and fast. Oats can be ground down to make flour, sprouted, added to baked goods like muffins for more fiber… the list goes on.
Store your oats in an airtight container, in a cool dry place, just like every other thing you should have in your stockpile.
But rice is boring, you say. Just like beans! It is bland and plain. Which is true. That is why it is the best and more versatile item you can put in your stockpile.
Every culture that grows rice uses it a lot. It is super cheap to add to your stockpile and a little rice goes a long way, so what you have will last you. Cook it down with broth and you’re going to have a calorie dense side dish that is really flavorful. Add it to soups to stretch them farther. Add different spices to change the flavor. Add sugar to make rice pudding… The possibilities are endless.
Store your rice in an airtight container for up to 30 years.
There are hundreds of items you can add to your stockpile, all with good and bad aspects. Choosing the food you’re going to eat, and tolerate for long periods of time, is very important. Can you imagine having to resort to using your stockpile, only to discover you hate beans and the 300lbs you have are miserable to eat? Or that you didn’t seal your flour right, and there are bugs everywhere? Choose properly, store well, and you will be prepared for anything.