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11 Must-have “forever foods” for your ultimate pantry prep
By HRS Editors // May 24, 2024

Having a fully stocked survival food pantry is crucial in case of food emergencies. But building one is not as simple as filling up your kitchen pantry with whatever food items you can get your hands on.

The last thing any prepper would want is to have a survival cache full of spoiled or rotten food. That's why you should stock up on survival foods that have incredibly long shelf lives to be sure that they will still be edible no matter when you need them.

Here are 11 must-have forever foods that deserve a place in your survival pantry. (h/t to OffGridWorld.com)

Honey

One of the oldest non-meat foods known to man, honey has been consumed all over the world for centuries. Not only can it add sweetness to other foods, but it also contains plenty of minerals, antioxidants and natural enzymes. This highly versatile ingredient should be at the top of any long-term storable survival food list since it will remain edible, even after several years, and it can even be used for a number of survival applications. One of the most potent and beneficial types of honey is manuka honey.

Salt

With its virtually unlimited shelf life, salt is another highly useful and versatile survival food item. It can help add sodium to your diet and enhance the flavor of your meals. Plus, it also has a variety of survival uses, such as food preservation, sanitation and even cleaning wounds when used in a saline solution.

Sugar

While it may clump together over time, sugar will practically never go bad and will remain edible for years to come. Sugar may not be seen as a healthy food but it is still an important ingredient in a wide variety of recipes. It also wouldn’t hurt to add a little sweetness to your survival foods every once in a while.

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Baking soda

Not only is baking soda useful for cooking and baking, but it can also be used as a DIY toothpaste, household cleaner and fire extinguisher, among many other applications. As long as you keep baking soda away from moisture and store it properly, it can last indefinitely. (Related: 4 Uses for baking soda outside the kitchen.)

Powdered milk

Powdered milk is an excellent source of protein, calcium, amino acids and carbohydrates. As long as it is kept in an airtight container away from moisture, powdered milk can last for years. When you need milk for either a tasty beverage or recipe ingredient, simply mix the powdered milk with water and enjoy.

Instant coffee

Instant coffee provides a quick beverage that can help you stay alert and energized when SHTF. It can certainly go a long way to boost your morale in the face of the toughest challenges. Instant coffee can either be stored in a freezer or simply in a dry, airtight container.

Bouillon cubes

Due to their high salt content, bouillon cubes can last virtually forever when properly stored in vacuum-packed bags. You can stock up on beef, chicken or other flavors of bouillon cubes to enhance the taste of a wide variety of dishes. Plus, they're small and easily portable, so you can bring them anywhere.

Rice

Certain varieties of uncooked rice, such as arborio, basmati, white, wild and jasmine rice, can have an unlimited shelf life if stored in a cool and dry environment, away from contaminants. This staple food can provide plenty of calories, B vitamins and other nutrients, such as manganese, phosphorus and zinc.

Dried beans

Dried beans can last around a decade or two when kept in an airtight plastic container with a few oxygen absorbers. Low in fat and cholesterol but high in protein, fiber and vitamins, dried beans make a great addition to any survival meals.

Dried noodles and pasta

Since pasta is not very sensitive to temperature fluctuations, it can be stored for a very long time as long as it is kept in airtight plastic containers and away from moisture.

Vinegar

Distilled white vinegar can be used for sauces, dressings, marinades and other recipes. Meanwhile, apple cider vinegar can be used for cleaning, disinfecting and food preservation. Both can remain unchanged for years when stored in a closed container in a cool, dry area.

Add highly potent manuka honey to your survival stockpile

A robust superfood and natural sweetener with an outstanding nutritional profile, honey is a must-have forever food for your survival stockpile. If you want to have one of the most nutritious and potent types of honey in your survival pantry, then your best bet is manuka honey.

Packed with powerful antioxidants, manuka honey is naturally abundant in polyphenols, flavonoids and other antioxidant compounds that can help protect your body from oxidative and support your optimal health. This healthy natural sweetener is also a highly versatile preparedness item that can be utilized in a variety of survival applications.

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While all types of honey possess a natural property known as peroxide activity, the compound responsible for this activity in most mainstream honey products is unstable and easily loses its effectiveness when exposed to air or sunlight. However, manuka honey has non-peroxide activity, which is provided by a much more stable and effective compound. This allows our premium manuka honey to retain its freshness and potency far longer and better that most other conventional types of honey.

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Watch the video below to know more about the benefits of manuka honey.

This video is from the Groovy Bee channel on Brighteon.com.

More related stories:

Prepping tips: How to prepare a food storage starter kit.

Survival foods: 5 simple, easy-to-make recipes for foods that can sustain you in emergencies.

An essential guide to storing organic foods for survival.

Sources include:

OffGridWorld.com

OffGridWeb.com

PreppingPlanet.com

HealthRangerStore.com

Brighteon.com



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