We all know that it’s important to have a food storage plan in place just in case something happens and you find yourself in an emergency situation. But what many don’t know is that there are plenty of foods out there that you just shouldn’t be trying to store in the long term. Sure, some may offer you some tips that could help you get a little more shelf life out of something, but when it comes to true long term food storage, certain things need to be avoided.
It’s not always a question of spoilage, either. Sometimes, common sense just needs to be applied. But before we look at some of the main foods not to store in a long term situation, it’s important to understand ‘long term’. We’re not talking about a few months here – when we say ‘long term’, we mean years – five years, eight years, or beyond. With that in mind, here are some of the main foods you shouldn’t store long term.
- Flour – Flour is often one of the go-to foods when people start trying to think from a survival mindset. But the reality is that flour doesn’t last in the long term. You can expect about a year and a half – 18 months – to be the average shelf life of flour. And that’s after freezing it for a week then storing it in an airtight container to kill flour weevil eggs. A better option is to store wheat.
- Breakfast Cereals – You can get a few months from these, and they’re a handy option when you have kids. But they won’t last for years, and it’s important to have additional options in place in order to keep breakfast options on hand.
- Canned Fruits And Veggies – We know, we know. They’ll last for years. But the important thing to understand here is that you should only store the fruits and veggies you really, really like. Over the years, canned fruits and vegetables can take on slimy properties and have their texture changed. It’s important that you actually love the items, or you may end up with something you don’t want to eat 3 or 4 years down the road.
- Brown Sugar – This keeps, but molasses and regular sugar have longer shelf lives and by combining 1 tablespoon of molasses with 1 cup of sugar, you’ve made brown sugar. Your storage space can be used for something else.
These are just a few of the main things you should rethink when it comes to long term food storage. Some replacement options and alternatives are well worth considering in most instances, and will help you ensure that you’re really ready in the event that something goes wrong.