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posted on Jun, 1 2011 @ 05:37 AM
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Typically, those who store bulk foods look for inexpensive items that have multi-purposes and will last long term. Listed below are 11 food items that are not only multi-purpose preps, but they can last a lifetime! This is for educational purposes only and a may or may not be violating the rules of OPSEC

Honey

Honey never really goes bad. In a tomb in Egypt 3,000 years ago, honey was found and was still edible. If there are temperature fluctuations and sunlight, then the consistency and color can change. Many honey harvesters say that when honey crystallizes, then it can be re-heated and used just like fresh honey. Because of honey’s low water content, microorganisms do not like the environment.

Uses: curing, baking, medicinal, wine (mead)

Salt

Although salt is prone to absorbing moisture, it’s shelf life is indefinite. This indispensable mineral will be a valuable commodity in a long term disaster and will be a essential bartering item.

Uses: curing, preservative, cooking, cleaning, medicinal, tanning hides

Sugar

Life would be so boring without sugar. Much like salt, sugar is also prone to absorbing moisture, but this problem can be eradicated by adding some rice granules into the storage container.

Uses: sweetener for beverages, breads, cakes, preservative, curing, gardening, insecticide (equal parts of sugar and baking powder will kill cockroaches).

Wheat

Wheat is a major part of the diet for over 1/3 of the world. This popular staple supplies 20% of daily calories to a majority of the world population. Besides being a high carbohydrate food, wheat contains valuable protein, minerals, and vita­mins. Wheat protein, when balanced by other foods that supply certain amino acids such as lysine, is an efficient source of protein.

Uses: baking, making alcohol, livestock feed, leavening agent

Dried corn

Essentially, dried corn can be substituted for any recipe that calls for fresh corn. Our ancestors began drying corn because of it’s short lived season. To extend the shelf life of corn, it has to be preserved by drying it out so it can be used later in the year.

Uses: soups, cornmeal, livestock feed, hominy and grits, heating source (do a search for corn burning fireplaces).

Baking soda

This multi-purpose prep is a must have for long term storage.

Uses: teeth cleaner, household cleaner, dish cleaner, laundry detergent booster, leavening agent for baked goods, tarnish remover

Instant coffee, tea, and cocoa

Adding these to your long term storage will not only add a variety to just drinking water, but will also lift morale. Instant coffee is high vacuum freeze dried. So, as long as it is not introduced to moisture, then it will last. Storage life for all teas and cocoas can be extended by using desiccant packets or oxygen absorbing packets, and by repackaging the items with a vacuum sealing.

Uses: beverages, flavor additions to baked goods

Non-carbonated soft drinks

Although many of us prefer carbonated beverages, over time the sugars break down and the drink flavor is altered. Non-carbonated beverages stand a longer test of time. And, as long as the bottles are stored in optimum conditions, they will last. Non-carbonated beverages include: vitamin water, Gatorade, juices, bottled water.

Uses: beverages, flavor additions to baked goods

White rice

White rice is a major staple item that preppers like to put away because it’s a great source for calories, cheap and has a long shelf life. If properly stored this popular food staple can last 30 years or more.

Uses: breakfast meal, addition to soups, side dishes, alternative to wheat flour

Bouillon products

Because bouillon products contain large amounts of salt, the product is preserved. However, over time, the taste of the bouillon could be altered. If storing bouillon cubes, it would be best repackage them using a food sealer or sealed in mylar bags.

Uses: flavoring dishes

Powdered milk – in nitrogen packed cans

Powdered milk can last indefinitely, however, it is advised to prolong it’s shelf life by either repackaging it for longer term storage, or placing it in the freezer. If the powdered milk developes an odor or has turned a yellowish tint, it’s time to discard.

Uses: beverage, dessert, ingredient for certain breads, addition to soup and baked goods.

thanks to previous post i think it was by "daddybare" i haven't been able to find it i only wrote it down in my notebook so there it is word for word




posted on Jun, 1 2011 @ 05:52 AM
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Nice summary OP S&F.

What about a little clove oil for sore teeth? A tiny bottle lasts for ages. No dentists post apocalyptic, and a sore tooth can destroy your appetite, cause headaches and generally dampen spirits.



posted on Jun, 1 2011 @ 08:24 PM
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Excellent list!

I would add dried beans to that list thouugh. Indefinite shelf life and loaded with protein.



posted on Jun, 3 2011 @ 03:33 PM
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I don't think dried milk last forever. I saw a video on YouTube.
I think most whole grains go rancid within a couple of years. A bag of wheat on a kitchen shelf probably won't last forever.
I think I read something about old baking powder or baking soda being able to make someone sick enough to die. Does anybody know which one? Some old granny gave her grandson pancakes made from an old mix and the teenager died.

Dried beans last a long time but become chewy and tough with age. Dried split peas and lentils are a better choice.

I think I heard that Crisco lasts forever but I don't know for sure.
Oils tend to go rancid but can still be used to make oil lamps.

Instant rice -both white and brown-lasts forever. So does Jasmine rice and I think wild rice.



posted on Jun, 4 2011 @ 03:30 AM
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thanks guys
i guess i should of called the thread count 11 for your stockpile+a few



posted on Jun, 7 2011 @ 10:11 AM
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some farm/garden stores sell cracked corn for bird/animal feed. this can be boiled up to make something called 'hominy' which I think is the corn equivalent of bulgar. some places sell bags of dry hominy but it's hard to find. (Goya sells it as 'white hominy' or 'golden hominy corn')

just sold some of my coins, filling a tote with rice and canned tuna. will add some of these for variety.



posted on Jul, 7 2011 @ 04:38 PM
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One thing no-one else seems to ever mention in these kinds of threads is proteine shakes.

I have been contemplating for some time now to have some kind of emergency food supply, without having to invest too much yet since i live in a quite stable country. Today i finally fulfilled my plan, and ordered 4 cans (20 kg). Two with slowly absorbing proteine and two carbohydrate dominant ones. This is enough to live quite healthy for 4 months for one person, just add water.

They are really healthy, taste really good (honestly! Just get the right brand, there are lots of horrible ones out there) and are quite cheap coming in at 50 euros a can. The perfect stockpile food.
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posted on Jul, 8 2011 @ 05:47 AM
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I would suggest that you stock what you eat now...if you eat all fresh veggies, then you need to find something else to eat, but for many of us here, we eat canned corn, beans, carrots, peas..ect.
You should stock what you eat and just have a larger supply on hand. Unless you eat freeze dried food a lot I wouldn't have just that in stock, you might not like it or it could plug you up or give you the runs...for some your body will have to adjust to a new type of food.

Example...I eat rice, bean, green beans, corn, carrots, potato's, and peas...so what I do, is when I feel like I am getting low on any item, I go buy it in bulk, that way I always have several cans on hand...how many you wanna have of any item is up to you. When I buy something new, I put it on the back of the shelf and have all the other older things moved forward. That way I am always using the oldest first. Now some buy canned goods a few at a time, some buy a case or 5 at a time...do what you are comfortable with...without breaking the bank.

Rice, beans, flour, sugar/honey, salt, and a few other Items you can store for several years if you take a few simple precautions. The biggest thing I can stress, is to buy what you like and eat now..I would hate to be miserable in a SHTF and have to eat things that I don't like...besides, food might be the only good thing you have that day, that you can look forward to...since your planning for your future, try to make it enjoyable for you...because its not called SH!T hitting the fan for nothing!!!



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