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01/16/2019 / By Zoey Sky
When storing food in your survival stockpile, you need to make sure that each item can be used in various ways, whether for cooking, medicinal, household, or other purposes. Doing this ensures that you can get the most out of your shelf space and available items when SHTF. (h/t to ReadyNutrition.com)
Listed below are five “forever foods” that can last for a very long time in your pantry. Some of them can also be used to barter for other items that you may need during a survival situation.
Bouillon cubes are used to add flavor to foods. They often contain enough salt to preserve them from spoilage, but bouillon cubes may eventually lose their flavor. To avoid this, store them in an air-tight container and keep in a cool, dry place.
When SHTF, you can use bouillon cubes:
Cornstarch is the powder made from the starch in corn kernels. Cornstarch is often used as a thickener for sauces and gravies, but it also has cleaning and medicinal uses.
When stored properly, cornstarch can last for several years in your stockpile. Keep cornstarch away from any moisture and store it in a cool and dry place. (Related: Beyond Cooking- 11 Amazing Uses for Cornstarch.)
Below are some more uses of cornstarch:
Aside from being a “forever food,” you can use distilled liquor as a bartering tool for other items such as ammunition. Whiskey is usually the most stable distilled spirit because it doesn’t contain any sugars. The more sugar a liquor has, the faster it will deteriorate. While opened bottles of base liquors can be stored for a very long time, they may lose some flavor.
Consider storing these base liquors in your pantry:
Vinegar, which may contain 5-20 percent acetic acid by volume, is commonly used as a cooking ingredient or for pickling.
Distilled white vinegar may contain five to eight percent acetic acid.
Other types of vinegar include:
In time, vinegar will lose its acidity. Vinegar can absorb water from the air, and this will dilute its concentration of acetic acid. If you store vinegar long enough, the acetic acid will break down or decompose and you will be left with a less acidic product.
Distilled white vinegar can be used in dressings, marinades, and sauce. If you’re going to make pickled food, used fresh distilled white vinegar.
When SHTF, you can use older gallon jugs of vinegar as a bleach, a cleaning solution, or as a fabric softener. Distilled white vinegar is also safe to use as a fruit and vegetable wash. Add two tablespoons of vinegar to a pint of water.
The shelf life of distilled white vinegar is almost indefinite, as long as it is stored properly in a cool, dry area.
Unopened bottles of maple syrup stored in a cool, dry area will last a long time. However, once a bottle of maple syrup is opened, it can only last for at least a year. Store opened bottles of maple syrup in the freezer to make them last longer.
Check your pantry and make sure you have these “forever foods” so you can cook and clean even when disaster strikes.
Browse more articles about essential food items that you’ll need when SHTF at FoodSupply.news.
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