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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Long Lasting Prepping Foods.

Article from on long lasting foods for the prepper. Or as they say "Indestructible Foods That Would Outlast The Apocalypse".
Ramen Noodles. You'll find Ramen noodles in any college dorm room, and if he wanted to, a freshman could buy a pack and not eat them until graduation and be fine. Ramen noodles last for ten years or more, because these pasta noodles are completely dried. Flavoring can be added, similar to other soup dishes.
Urban Man's comment: Ramen is cheap and comes with itr's own flavoring packet. Great base for added vegetables or edible plants foraged in the wilderness. Tip - dump Ramen and flavoring into a zip lock bag; place in patrol pack and eat cold at the end of the day.
Maple Syrup. If your maple syrup is 100% pure, it will last forever. Like honey, it may crystallize over time but it will still taste amazing. You can even freeze it in an air-tight container. Now we just need to find a way to make pancakes last forever too.
Urban Man's comment: I'll have to think about this.
Bouillon. If you ever need to hide out in a bunker for a while you can use bouillon cubes to flavor your food. Beef, chicken, and other flavors of bouillon can be stored for years!
Urban Man's comment: I have Bouillon coming out of my ears. One of the best things to stockpile. Can simply use to make a soup. Can add edible plants or vegetables harvested.
Hot Cocoa. This favorite drink will definitely keep up morale. Instant hot chocolate will last forever if it is kept in a dry air-tight container. The same goes for instant coffee!
Urban Man's comment: Stock both!
Alcohol. Unopened bottles of wine or other distilled spirits can be stored for up to 30 years or more. Some alcohols tend to age and acquire a taste improvement over time, but still require proper storage.
Urban Man's comment: Great item to have for barter, especially hard liquor.
Peanut Butter. Some types of peanut butter available on grocery shelves do not need refrigeration. This type of peanut butter can last a long time, for a year or longer. The oil in this food helps to keep it fresh.
Urban Man's comment: Every stand along bucket of mine has PB in it.
Salt. Salt is a mineral that has long lasting qualities. It is often used as a preservative, that draws in moisture from other foods. Salt's dryness prevents bacteria from spoiling food.
Urban Man's comment: I also have tons of salt strored, both plain salt and table salt.
Hard Tack. Hard tack is a type of cracker, that is used by military troops. It is a tough cracker, that stays edible for long periods of time. Although hard tack has a bland flavor, it is very filling.
Urban Man's comment: Learn how to make this item. Stock flour!
Rice. Rice is a staple, that you can store indefinitely. Your long term storage environment needs to be oxygen free and cold to allow your rice to stay fresh for up to 30 years. Be sure to keep your storage containers sealed air tight, and use storage lids that are made for this type of long term storage.
Urban Man's comment: Nothing needs to be said about rice - every prepper in the U.S. has stored rice.
Soy Sauce. Soy sauce is one of the most versatile flavor enhancers today. Your soy sauce can be stored indefinitely, and should remain unopened until you are ready to use it.
Urban Man's comment: I prefer to have other seasoning like Garlic Salt, Black Pepper, and other meat seasoning.
Honey. Honey is a whole food, that can be easily stored. You will need to properly seal your storage containers in order to avoid any humidity. The low water content in honey allows it to preserve naturally.
Urban Man's comment: Honey - the only food that won't spoil.
Dried Beans. Beans that are properly dried can last up to 30 years. You can store your beans in number ten cans with the oxygen removed. Your storage areas should be dark and away from outside air.
Urban Man's comment: Nothing needs to be said about beans - every prepper in the U.S. has stored beans as well.
Powdered Milk. Powdered milk is a food staple that has an indefinite shelf life. It can be stored easily for emergencies. Powdered milk is a decent cooking and baking ingredient.
Urban Man's comment: I have powdered milk in vacuum sealed container.
Corn Syrup. Corn syrup can last indefinitely, if you keep it stored in an air tight container. This type of sweetener is a whole food that can be added to your other stored dishes. It has its own nutritional qualities, including daily carbohydrate requirements and antioxidants.
Urban Man's comment: Well, this is one thing I don;t have - corn oil, but it makes sense as corn oil is 100% disgestible energy.
Canned Foods. Canned foods today can last for over 30 years, but you need to keep your cans sealed completely. Foods that are preserved in cans can be used for emergencies. Once the can is open, you will need to cook the food inside.
Urban Man's comment: Stored in pantry - use the concept first in, first out (to cook/eat). Everyone should, at a minimum, quadruple what they normally keep in can goods. This will be the first foods eaten as they are heavy and hard to move in bulk, and generally won't last as long.
Vinegar. Some varieties of this condiment can be stored for long periods of time. It contains a low pH content, and it is often used as a preservative for other foods. Vinegar can be an effective cleaning agent.
Urban Man's comment: Good idea. I don’t have vinegar stored, but now I will start.
Sugar. Cane sugar can be stored for extended periods of time as well. Bacteria does not grow on sugar because its content has little moisture, and cane sugar is a natural sweetener for other foods. You can remedy any lumps in your stored sugar, by heating it in a microwave on a low power setting, for one to two minutes per cup of sugar.
Urban Man's comment: What serious prepper doesn’t have sugar stored?
Corn Starch. Corn starch is used to thicken sauces and gravies. You can use it in puddings, and it stays fresh for a long time with proper storage. It needs to be stored in a cool and dry space, with a tightly sealed top on its storage container.
Urban Man's comment: Another thing I don’t have and will have to think about.
Pure Vanilla Extract. Vanilla extract is a dried plant that can last for a long time in storage. You will need to seal your vanilla extract and place it in a cool dark location. This form of flavoring is added to your other foods, for an improved cooking taste.
Urban Man's comment: Another thing I don’t have and will have to think about.


  1. I've had trouble with Ramen going rancid over time. Real vanilla extract can be a blessing. It only takes a few drops to make a glass of powdered milk more palatable to those that really fight drinking the stuff. It is also a good way to perk up some dried fruits like pears. For vinegar, get the kind that still has the "mother" in it and you'll have access to an endless supply of it. Heinz now carries a version that still has the mother in it and you can get it right at your local grocery. If you are going to store corn syrup you might as well as sorghum and/or molasses to that as well. They are more strongly flavored but sometimes that is what you need.

  2. nice blog! very useful info, helps me a lot in preserving food for any calamities.

  3. Another use for bouillon is instead of the flavor packets in ramen. Also, besides using it as a flavoring agent a simple bouillon broth is quick and easy when time is short and you want/need something hot. It may also be more palatable to someone who is sick than anything else you have on hand.