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7 Commonly Stockpiled Foods That Have A (Surprisingly) Short Shelf Life

7 Commonly Stockpiled Foods That Have A (Surprisingly) Short Shelf Life

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Stockpiling foods is a way of life for homesteaders and survivalists, and choosing long-lasting foods is essential.

But there are quite a few commonly stockpiled foods that have a short shelf life – and instead of lasting a few years may last only weeks or months.

Let’s take a look at seven:

1. Brown rice.

Brown rice finds its way into many foods stocks, but it actually does not last very long. Due to the fact that brown rice has a high amount of oil, it lasts for only three to six months at room temperature. On the other hand, white rice lasts far longer because it does not have a similar oil content.

2. Dried fruit.

7 Commonly Stockpiled Foods That Have A (Surprisingly) Short Shelf Life

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Dried fruit is very beneficial to have in a survival situation. It gives us nutrients such as vitamin C, magnesium, potassium and iron. Unfortunately, dried fruit is something that needs to be rotated regularly if put into a stockpile.

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Rotation needs to be done anywhere from three to 12 months. Figs, on the shorter side, last only three months and on the longer side, raisins can last for 12 months.

3. Peanut butter.

Peanut butter is a food loved by many people, and it also is commonly added to stockpiles. Peanut butter gives us potassium and protein, which is a great substitute to proteins in meat. The longevity of peanut butter varies: All-natural peanut butter only lasts about two months, while regular peanut butter lasts for about one year.

4. Whole wheat flour.

Whole wheat flour contains the endosperm, germ and bran. On the plus side, it includes lots of dietary fiber, B vitamins, iron and copper. Unfortunately, whole wheat is not something that will last very long in the stockpile: The life span is only around 4-6 months. This is due to the fact that when the whole grain is used, the essential oils in it degrade and go rancid.

5. Nuts.

7 Commonly Stockpiled Foods That Have A (Surprisingly) Short Shelf Life

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Nuts are big in protein, fast to grab, and easy to store, but the longevity of nuts is not very long. On the shorter end, pistachios only last for about three months and on the longer end almonds can last up to 12 months. Nuts are something that a homesteader or survivalist needs to rotate every half a year to a year.

6. Cornmeal.

Having cornmeal in the pantry is a great idea; for the gluten-intolerant person, this is a great source of starch. Its other benefits include zinc, which enables the body to heal from an injury, and iron, which improves the immune system and keeps the red blood cells healthy. Cornmeal, though, is not a long-lasting food. Its shelf life is only about nine to 12 months.

7. Yeast.

Yeast can be used for fermenting beer and making bread, but the shelf life of yeast is only about two to four months. This means that it will need to be used within a fairly quick amount of time or rotated every few months.

Choosing the longest-lasting foods for the stockpile is not easy, but when done right can produce a stockpile that can last years.

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  1. My yeast has a 2 year out best if used by date.

  2. I keep my yeast in the freezer and I have never has it fail me. I buy it in a one pound pkg. for about $3.00 from a local bulk food Amish store and then put it in mason jars to store (1 quart and a pint jar). I do not make bread every day, but occasionally make bread or pizza dough. I have had yeast last me 3-4 years this way. I always proof my yeast before using and it never fails me.
    I have also kept dried fruits in mason jars and they have kept for years- including raisins. They have not dried out. When I make my own dried fruits, I dry them more to a hard stage and they last much longer. They are easily re-hydrated, if needed. I dried some strawberries a few years ago to a brittle stage and I just used some in my oatmeal the other day and it was delicious. I do the same with apple ‘chips’ that I make plain or with cinnamon. The grandkids love them.
    Many dried fruits last a very long time-including store-bought ones. I know as I have used dried fruits that are 5-6 years old and they are just fine.

  3. I’ve been prepping since Y2K. Some of your advice is incorrect. I regularly eat brown rice that is more than 7 years old – it’s fine. I have natural peanut butter (Smuckers) from 2007 and regularly eat it – it’s fine (although you’ve gotta stir up the oil). I switch all my cans and jars top-to-bottom on the shelves once per year; perhaps that helps.

  4. I also have peanut butter for much longer than one year.
    Now, saltine crackers for that pb must be oven sealed to last one year or more.

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