There are three ways to get food when the power’s out or when there’s a crisis: what you can find naturally, what you cultivate, and what you store. Having a means to get food from all three sources will make you quite well-rounded when it comes to food, but for right now, we’re just going to focus on food that you can store.
Here’s the truth: A lot of so-called “long-term storage” food can really only be stored for about six months before it goes bad. While you will need to rotate out all food eventually, why rotate food every six months when you could rotate it out once every one to two years? The types of long-term food that we’re going to look at are the types you can keep in your pantry for at least one to two years.
As always, food keeps longest when it doesn’t come in contact with air, light or moisture.
1. Canned Meat. No one’s saying that canned meat tastes great, but you can store it in a pantry a long time and it won’t go bad. Examples of canned meat include fish, chicken and turkey. It’s an excellent source of protein in the long-term even if it lacks the delightfulness of roast or grilled meat.
2. Canned Vegetables. Nearly all vegetables come packed with essential nutrients, and to eat them after a crisis, your best bet may be those in a can. Canned beans and carrots alike will provide you with enough nutrients to balance out your meal.
3. Cereal. You can’t store the milk part of cereal for the long-term in a pantry, but you certainly can store the cereal part of it. The best kinds of cereals to store are the ones that are packed with grains.