preparing food for long-term storage
Proper prepping keeps foods edible for years!

There are certain foods that have a long food shelf life. These types of foods can come in handy in case of a serious disaster that makes it impossible for people to access food in the normal ways:


Honey has an indefinite shelf life. Although it may get hard and crystallize over time, leading to a heap of thick, sugary glob stuck to the bottom of your containers, the golden syrup remains safe and indestructible. And even if it does crystalize, all you would need to do is gently warm it up, and it will turn back into the regular golden looking liquid.

Honey can literally last for hundreds of years if it is stored in a clean sealed glass jar. It may not have high nutrition value like other foods, but it can provide simple sugars and add extra flavor to food. And there are many people that claim it has unique health benefits because it is completely natural. Also, due to its antiseptic properties, it can healthfully treat wounds and burns.


Rice has a shelf life of 25 years. Rice has been the main source of food for half of the world’s population for a long time. In the case of a disaster, rice can help feed you and your family for a long time without going bad.

Dried or canned beans

Beans have a shelf life of more than 30 years. They are the ultimate survival food because of their high content of protein. They are easy to store and come in many varieties including kidney, Lima, pinto, or black beans, among others.

They can be combined with rice to form a complete protein. This means a meal from rice and beans contains all the nine essential amino acids.

Powdered milk

Powdered milk’s shelf life is indefinite. It comes in handy when fresh milk is not available. The powdered milk can last for years and is useful for baking and cooking. It is the main source of food in disaster shelters, especially if other types of food or fresh milk are unavailable.

Dried peas

Dried peas are often overlooked by preppers, but they have an incredibly long shelf life just like other legumes. Split peas have a shelf life of 4 to 5 years on their own, but it can be increased to 25 years or more if they are packaged in Mylar with oxygen absorbers.

Hard red wheat

This is a prepper staple because of its long shelf life. However, if it is ground into flour, its shelf life decreases.

Dried pasta

Dried pasta has for a long time been stored by Italian to get them through lean times. Pasta generally has a long shelf life, extending to 25 to 30 years, if stored in proper conditions.

Dried meats

Dried meats have a long shelf life. A good example is the beef jerky, which was an American pioneering staple. Another good example is salami, which has a long shelf life.

Dried lentils

Dried lentils have an almost indefinite shelf life. In fact, lentils have sustained a man for a very long time. Whole lentils have a much longer shelf life than cracked ones. They are easy to cook because of their size, unlike pinto beans. They are also rich in fiber.


Raisins are an excellent source of energy. They are an ideal prepper food because they don’t get spoilt, bruise, or require refrigeration.

Peanut butter

Peanut butter is rich in protein, calories, and fat. It can last up to 5 years when stored properly in a cool and dry place. It is also a great treat to have on hand.


Oats are highly nutritious and versatile. They have many good qualifies as a survival food that preppers will find appealing. They have a long shelf life under good storage conditions.


Salt is one of the most important survival food items. It can be used to store food, flavor most meals, and cure beef. Salt will never go bad, so you can always buy extra while shopping.


Generally, all-purpose flours can be stored, but cornmeal is probably the best to store. It is full of carbohydrates. In case of a mega disaster that causes the power grid to go down, you can easily make corn bread using corn meal in a solar oven. A bag of cornmeal can last from 8 months to 2 years with the right storage.


White or brown sugar can be used to add flavor as well as calories to a survival diet, and they can last up to 10 years with proper storage.

Storing adequate amounts of some of the above-listed foods that have a long food shelf life is extremely essential in case of a serious disaster that would make it impossible to access food in the usual ways for a certain period of time.