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9 food items that will outlast you.
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Sturdy Staples: 9 Foods That Can Outlast You


When stored properly, these everyday items will last for years — sometimes decades — even after they’ve been opened. And they’ll lose very little, if any, of their original quality as time passes. So think twice before tossing one of these items. If you've been handling it correctly, chances are it's just fine.


1. HONEY
Pure honey is as durable as it is delicious; it keeps safe indefinitely. Honey may change color or crystallize over time, but that won't make it unsafe.
Keep it fresh: Store in a cool area and keep tightly closed. Revive crystallized honey by placing the opened jar in warm water and stirring until dissolved.

2. RICE
White, wild, arborio, jasmine and basmati rice all have an indefinite shelf life, when kept free from contaminants. The exception: brown rice. Thanks to its higher oil content, it won’t keep nearly as long.

Keep it fresh: Store in a cool, dry area. Once opened, place rice in a sealed airtight container or place original package in a resealable heavy-duty freezer bag. For added protection, store rice in the refrigerator or freezer.

3. SUGAR
White, brown or powdered — sugar never spoils because it doesn’t support bacterial growth. The real challenge is to prevent it from becoming rock-hard.
Keep it fresh: Keep sugar in a cool, dry area. To prevent sugar from hardening after opening, place it in an airtight container or cover the original package in a heavy-duty plastic bag and seal tightly.

4. HARD LIQUOR
Whipping up some penne alla vodka and a pitcher of cocktails? Distilled spirits —vodka, rum, whiskey, gin, tequila and the like — don’t spoil, even after opening. The taste and aroma may fade gradually, but it’ll take ages before you notice.
Keep it fresh: Store in cool, dark area, away from direct heat or sunlight. Keep bottle tightly closed when not in use.


5. MAPLE SYRUP
Pure maple syrup not only makes your pancakes special, it adds tremendous flavor to a whole range of dishes. Best of all, it keeps forever in the freezer.

Keep it fresh: Refrigerate after opening. For long-term storage, freeze maple syrup in airtight plastic containers.

6. PURE VANILLA EXTRACT
Yes, it’s more expensive than its imitation counterpart. But pure vanilla extract keeps forever, so you’ll never have to waste a drop.

Keep it fresh: Store in cool, dark cupboard and keep tightly closed when not in use.

7. DISTILLED WHITE VINEGAR
A reliable standby in everything from marinades to salad dressings, distilled white vinegar will remain virtually unchanged as the years pass by.
Keep it fresh: Store vinegar a cool, dark area and keep tightly capped after each use.

8. CORNSTARCH
A must-have for thickening sauces, gravies, and puddings. Cornstarch will keep indefinitely if it's kept dry and free from contaminants.

Keep it fresh: Store in cool, dry area; keep package tightly closed between uses.


9. SALT
From the basic table variety to fancier versions like kosher and sea, salt is a flavor enhancer that never spoils or goes stale.

Keep it fresh: Store in cool, dry area.
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I knew about the honey, rice, vanilla extract and salt...

The alcohol makes sense, just never really considered it as a food prep item (more like a food companion item! *grin*)
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It's about being mentally happy as well as not hungry. Soap, deoderant, tooth paste, floss all become a want. Alcohol becomes a form of currency too.
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(03-03-2013, 12:25 PM)DGCJason Wrote:  I knew about the honey, rice, vanilla extract and salt...

The alcohol makes sense, just never really considered it as a food prep item (more like a food companion item! *grin*)

HUGE for a barter item after, say, a societal/monetary collapse. Buy cases of half pints of whatever and store. Will be as valuable as fuel and ammo. Well, maybe not ammo - but close.
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Does anyone know of the long term "storability of non fat dry milk?
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(03-03-2013, 03:10 PM)ontheway Wrote:  Does anyone know of the long term "storability of non fat dry milk?

Google is a wonderful thing:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powdered_milk
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As to the hygene products - good call, those are in my BOB too - so I edited the post I had made in there to include a Hygene category:

http://www.cogunowners.com/showthread.php?tid=1114&pid=13506#pid13506
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(03-03-2013, 03:14 PM)DGCJason Wrote:  Google is a wonderful thing:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powdered_milk
Too simple! Good catch!

BTW, We know the Google folks ain't so wonderful as they've supplied info on searches to our fellow Patriots (I couldn't find an icon for sarcasm) in the Federal Government. But, if you make your search site; http://www.startpage.com
is uses google, but only after stripping off your IP address, making your searches anonymous or untraceable. Startpage is as easy, smooth and fast as using Google.
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BoB bag to me is nothing more than my needed items to get home. Hygiene is a waste of weight in this case. I need a gun, knife, lighter and clothes a hour or so from home. Longer from home I plan more. I don't plan to bug out at all. That's why I moved to me new place.
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To me, that's more a GHB (Get Home Bag) rather than a BOB (Bug Oout Bag)
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I guess your correct with the get home bag. Well if your going to bug out to down here I retract my statement. Please bring as much personal hygiene products as possible.
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(03-03-2013, 03:08 PM)ontheway Wrote:  HUGE for a barter item after, say, a societal/monetary collapse. Buy cases of half pints of whatever and store. Will be as valuable as fuel and ammo. Well, maybe not ammo - but close.

Was out and about so stopped at Wally World, and picked up a few extra flasks ($9 per) for each BOB - now have some scotch, vodka, and other varieties in each, so tks for the tip!

AND, the bar of breakable bottles is now well-portioned out.

(03-03-2013, 04:18 PM)Poisonspyder Wrote:  I guess your correct with the get home bag. Well if your going to bug out to down here I retract my statement. Please bring as much personal hygiene products as possible.

I'll have to just reply here that my BOL (bug out location) is something I don't share with anyone other than family...
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Yup, in SHTF, lots of people will just want to get drunk...or take the edge off!
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great list, thanks!
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