Survivalists have long known that part of doomsday prep involves stocking up on foods and utilities that will last for years.
If properly sealed and stored correctly, some food can last for years or decades. Here are 14 foods that will last anywhere from a year to forever.
You can consume honey past its expiration date.
Honey is known to be one of the only foods that can last forever. This is largely due to the fact that it is made up of sugar, which makes it hard for bacteria or microorganisms to affect the honey.
„Honey in its natural form is very low moisture,“ Amina Harris, executive director of the Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute at Univeristy of California, Davis, told Smithsonian Magazine. „Very few bacteria or microorganisms can survive in an environment like that, they just die.“
The modern expiration date of honey usually refers to when it will start crystallizing, which is a regular process of honey that doesn’t make it inedible. You can make the crystals return to their former state by heating up the honey.
Uncooked rice can last 30 years.
Regular white rice or minute rice will last up to five years, but uncooked white rice in an oxygen-free container will last between 25 and 30 years, according to sources at the US Department of Agriculture and the US Food & Drug Administration.
Peanut butter needs no refrigeration.
With no moisture and plenty of oil, peanut butter can keep for at least from three to five years. The high amount of fat and vitamin E in the food „stave[s] off oxidation and prolongs PB’s shelf life,“ Richard Faulks, a senior scientist at the Institute of Food Research told Scienceline at NYU.
„Rancidification,“ which is worse than it sounds, can set in about nine to 12 months after purchase if stored improperly; the oxygen breaks down and the peanut butter’s flavor and odor can become less appetizing.
In desperate times, expired peanut butter „won’t hurt you if you eat it — it will just taste bad,“ said Maribeth Cousin, professor of food science at Purdue University.
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