Skip to comments.Foods With the Longest Expiration Dates
Posted on 07/29/2011 11:31:36 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB
Every house has food in the pantry that has been there for weeks if not months, but according to food experts, you may want to think twice before throwing those items out. Many common food products last far longer than you might think.
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I don’t buy all of the stuff here, either. In fact, I think they may have underestimated the shelf life of some of these goods. For one thing, I believe that honey can be quite edible and tasty for a lot longer than one year.
Storage temperature is everything.
Twinkies made the list? I didn’t think they COME with an expiration date. ;-)
Old fashioned Coca-Cola is the ultimate bomb shelter beverage. If left unopened, Heslin says a can of coke will take “an extraordinarily long time” to expire. Diet sodas, on the other hand, expire much more quickly because they contain artificial sweeteners that degrade with heat and time.
Honey doesn’t have an expiration date.
And if it turns sugary, simply warm it.
Thousands of years from now, when aliens land on Earth and see the ancient ruins of human civilization, they will find a case of Diet Coke. They will drink it and understand why human civilization fell.
Twinkies and cheezwhiz would survive a nuclear blast ;)
Beer doesn’t last very long either with a good taste. If you’ve bought several hundred cases for your ‘bug out’ location, be sure to rotate it out at least every 3 months.
Whiskey would probably last much longer.
I have a gallon of maple syrup that has been in the fridge for at least 5 years and it still tastes great.
Spam has to be #1 on my survival list.
‘The only exception is if the can is dented or rusty, as that indicates the can has been punctured at some point, which speeds up the spoilage process.’——
That’s not true either.
A dent does not mean it’s been ‘punctured’. A bulging or leaking can may indicate it’s been punctured, and a rusty can.. Who would eat from a rusty can? It’s clearly either been in wetness, leaking etc. I don’t know of anyone who would want lockjaw, food poisoning etc.
Distilled spirits have NO expiration date. They will still be just fine long after everyone here is gone.
So would most red wine.
It isn’t necessary to keep it really cold, either. A root cellar or cave would work just fine.
I want to add to the list: olives survive quite well if immersed in vinegar. I just opened a jar of olives - black, green, calamata - that is over ten years old. The olives were in a vinegar solution. They taste terrific!
This article doesn’t talk about vacuum sealing or temperature or light either..
Practically irrelevant article.
I read that too. Honey, if stored properly, is good forever.
I have had the flavor vanish in older soda...just tastes like soda water.
Good for 25 years!
Probably the only thing lasting that long worth consuming.
A life without fresh produce is not worth living.
Well....ya.....after you’ve drowned them in Gin!!!
What is ‘properly’?
A chemist working for a large multinational food company once told me diet drinks go bad - but not the others... For reasons to ‘make it simple’ they tag all of them with expiration dates...
Just remember the rules of food storage, avoid oxygen, moisture and light.
Properly stored food can last for decades.
See post 25.
In the military in Germany, I seem to remember eating a K-ration or two left over from WWII.....this was 1970...
We began our preperation about 18 months ago when we realized how bad things were getting. Weve always planted a garden and done some home canning but weve gone into overdrive the last 1.5 year.
We now have about 9-12 months of food stored which we rotate to keep fresh. Factory canned goods will last about 2 years, home canned food will last as long as the seal remains unbroken. We planted 3 gardens this year and, dispite a historic drought, have gone through over 300 canning jars so far. Weve even canned chicken that we raised, the deer I shot last year, and some older beef from the frezzer.
As a source of reference material Id recommend Backwoods Home Magazine, theyre what Mother Earth News was before they went environazi.
It can be done quite quickly, however, be prepared to defend what you store or keep it a closely guarded secret. When things implode there will be those who will try to take what youve stored if they know its there.
Uncooked rice....keep in cool and dry and dark area, will last forever. Had a batch I forgot about for more than 5 years, and when cooked, still tasted decent. This is why this is the staple of more than a billion good folks across Asia.
Scientist: Hey, Doctor Oppenheimer, come take look at this. It's... It's some kind of spongy, yellow, almost cake-like material. And it's built up on almost every vertical rock face within 2 miles of the epicenter. [pauses, removes a piece of the material from a rock face and inserts it in to a small device] Hmmmmmm. That's strange. Even though back-ground environmental radiation levels are still quite high, this... this... "sponge cake" doesn't appear to carry ANY residual radiation. What do you suppose it is?
Oppenheimer [licking his lips]: I have no idea, Dr. Twinklestein, but it sure is DELICIOUS! And it's got a cream filling!
Don’t know about the “frilly” stuff like Twinkies and soft drinks, but my brother, in World War II, in 1945, while sitting in a foxhole on Okinawa, opened a C-Ration can of some kind of chicken concoction, and while “dining” he perused the printing on the can. It read: Product of Omaha, Nebraska 1929.
Insane, I know, but, no ill effects. The varieties I recall were; spaghetti and meat sauce, canned hamburger, chicken and noodles, peaches and for a snack, crackers, candy and jam. The crackers were like English style biscuits and tasted like an old warehouse. Those did make me gag as I recall.
We've been prepping for years. I have about a year of stored stuff. I can and dehydrate. We bought a 1/4 side of beef last month, in a couple weeks we'll get our 1/2 pig. Check out your local butchers. The beef came out to $2.29 a pound, about 200 pounds. The pig, $1.69, about 100 pounds.
I think the fried pies out of the vending machines are already that old.
If there is an item in our fridge that is green and otherwise unidentifiable, it’s usually very old meat or very new cheese.
Any vending machine food is questionable, except candy bars. I wonder what the shelf life on them are. Those apples, oranges, bananas and sandwiches, yuck. Creepy thinking of eating anything ‘healthy’ from them gives me the hibbie jibbies.
Some of my store bought jars grow fuzz. Time to toss. I don’t eat fuzz.
From my Preparedness Manual:
RECOMMENDED FOOD STORAGE TIMES At 70° F.
Food Keep the Product Storage Tips
Baking powder Till can date Sealed & bone dry
Baking soda 2 years Sealed & dry
Biscuit, brownie, muffin mix 9 months Sealed, cool, dry, weevil proofed
Bouillon, cubes or granules 2 years Sealed, cool and dry
Regular 9 months Sealed,cool, dry, weevil proofed
Angel food 1 year Sealed, cool, dry, weevil proofed
Metal can, Non-Acidic 2 years Cool & Dry
Metal Can, Acidic 12-18months Cool & Dry
Glass jars 2-3 years Dark, Cool & Dry
or unsweetened, bars or chips 18 months Cool and dark
Chocolate syrup 2 years Cool & tightly sealed
Cocoa, powder or mixes 8 months Sealed and cool
Coffee creamers, powdered 9 months Sealed and cool
Cornmeal 1 year Keep dry & weevil proofed
Cornstarch 18 months Keep dry
Crackers 3 months Keep dry & weevil proofed
Refined white 8-12 months Dry & weevil proofed,
Whole wheat 4-6 weeks Refrigerate/freeze for longer shelf life
Canned 3 months Cool
Mix 8 months Dry and cool
Fruits, dried 6-12 months Cool, sealed, weevil proofed
Gelatin, all types 18 months Protect from moisture
Grains, whole 2 years Dry and weevil proofed
Hominy, hominy grits,
masa harina 1 year Dry and weevil proofed
Honey 2 years Cool, tightly sealed, dark
Jellies, jams, preserves 2 years Dark, cool, tightly sealed.
Molasses & syrups 2 years Tightly sealed
Mayonnaise 6 months Cool & dark
Condensed or evaporated 1 year Turn over every 2 months
Non-fat dry 6 months Bone dry and cool
Vacuum canned 1 year Cool and Dark
Other packaging 3 months Cool and dark better Refrigerated
In shell 4 months Cool, dry & dark, better refrigerated or
Pancake mix 6-9 months Dry and weevil proofed
Pastas (macaroni, noodles, etc) 2 years Dry and weevil proofed
Peanut butter 6-9 months Sealed, cool, dark
Peas and beans, dry
(not soybeans) 2 years Dry and weevil proofed
Potatoes, instant 6-12 months Dry and weevil proofed
Pudding mixes 1 year Cool and very dry
White 2+ years Dry and weevil proofed
Brown 3-6 months Dry & weevil proofed, better refrigerated or frozen
Flavored or herb 6 months Sealed, dry and weevil proofed
Salad dressings 10-12 months Sealed, dark, cool. Better refrigerated
Salad oils 6 months Sealed, dark, cool. Better refrigerated
Sauce and gravy mixes 6-12 months Cool and dry
Shortening, solid 1 year Cool, dark, tightly sealed.
Soup mixes 1 year Cool, dry, and weevil proofed
Brown 2 years Tightly sealed, Dry.
Confectioners 18 months Tightly sealed, Dry.
Granulated 2+years Dry
Syrups (corn syrup based) 8-12 months Sealed and cool
Vegetables, dried 1 year Cool, dark, dry, weevil proofed
Vinegar 2+ years Sealed
More in my Manual which can be downloaded at:
I had heard something like that too. They had a honey expert on Dennis Prager’s program one time.
“Whiskey would probably last much longer.”
Better to just have a still ready so you can make what you need, when you need it :)
Indy we raise our own beef, chicken, duck, and turkey as well as plant several gardens. We do dehydrate and vacum pack as well as home can. We’re to the point that 75% of everything you eat in our home is raised on our land and gardens or hunted/trapped within 3 miles of the house.
That’s a good link to a nice hometown butcher, you’re lucky to have them. Several years ago we purchased our own equipment and now do our own butchering. I raise miniature cattle with a butcher weight of under 500 lbs and a hog is like a large deer so we do it right here at home. Chickens, Ducks, and Turkeys are easy since I don’t pluck them, I skin them. Plucking takes 20 minutes a bird, I can skin a chicken in four minutes flat.
“weevil proofed” - not necessarily a requirement, one of the tricks I learned in the Navy when I was in charge of the mess was if you have weevils put the flour or whatever in a freezer. the weevils will migrate to the center to get away from the cold and you just scoop em out in one go. Not that I recommend it just saying.... :)
oh - when I say “trick” I mean it was the proscribed method of dealing with it in the manual :)
You need an automatic chicken plucker. My uncle used to have one. He’d scald the chickens and then use the plucker. It was a rotating drum with a bunch of rubber fingers on it. It would rip the feathers out in no time, and leave the tasty skin.
We get turkeys in our yard all the time. I'm tempted to shoot a couple. I don't know the laws on that, but they come to our bird feeder, right by our kitchen window. The last time, there were 17 feeding. This is a different time......
Do weevils turn to moths? One time our sunflower seeds were infected with something, we had moths flying all around our garage. It took me weeks to get rid of them.
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