When it comes to stockpiling food for an emergency situation, there are some items that not everyone thinks of that don’t last as long as one would hope. This is often because other variations of the same food last much longer and are recommended for storage.
- Brown sugar. While brown sugar might not necessarily go bad, it does harden over time, even if you use one of the brown sugar “keepers”. If you do store some, make sure you vacuum seal it, and seal it in smaller portions so you are not allowing a large amount to be exposed to air when you open it.
- Brown rice. White rice can last for many years, but brown rice only has a shelf life of 6-12 months due to the oily layer on the outside of the rice. This also includes some of the fancy rice blends as well.
- Whole wheat flour. Similar to brown rice, it has a much higher fat content which can lead to whole wheat flour going bad much faster than white all purpose flour. An alternative is to instead purchase and store wheat berries, but you will need to grind/mill it before using.
- Beef jerky. A favorite staple of many survivalists, it only has a shelf life of about a year.
- Nuts. Check expiry dates on all nuts when you purchase. The type of nut can vary significantly in how long the shelf life is, as well as anything done to the nuts, such as roasted or coated in honey.
It is always critical to check shelf life for any staples in your stockpile, and to also utilize First In First Out (FIFO) to rotate your supplies.
There is some flexibility to this, especially when you use these items regularly in daily living. When you run out of brown sugar, replenish from your stockpile (using the oldest one first) and then replace the brown sugar in your stockpile with a newly purchased one.