Shelf Life Comparisons...
Ever wondered about the shelf life of different items in your long term food storage? Of course, everyone does.
Let's take a quick look at the shelf life of ordinary canned goods, dried foods, and other goods.
Freeze dried food that is still in the factory packaging, such as No. 10 cans, then you don't have to worry. However, other foods are different.
Presuming the temperature of the storage area is 70 deg F the below are safe estimates.
Canned goods that are unopened will store for 12 months or longer.
Canned fruit juices that are unopened will store for 9 months.
Dried fruits in an airtight container will store for 6 months.
Dried vegetables in an airtight container will store for 1 year.
Dehydrated vegetable flakes will store for 6 months. You may need to refrigerate this one.
Grated Parmesan Cheese will store for 10 months.
Peanut Butter unopened will store for 6 to 9 months, opened for 2 to 3 months.
Popcorn will store for 2 years.
Powdered Breakfast Mixes will store for 6 months.
Whole Spices will store for 1 to 2 years.
Ground Spices will store for 6 months.
Herbs will store for 6 months.
Herb/Spice Blends will store for 6 months.
Dry Yeast has an expiration on the package. However, I have stored yeast in the freezer for a couple years or more with no problems.
The key. Rotate shelf life dates by simply using your supplies, replenishing to maintain their max shelf life for an unexpected extended emergency need or during an attack. First In First Out.
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