Wednesday, January 14, 2009


I hope we are all trying to keep updated on food storage and do all we can to add to our supply. Wishing you a great day!
New Findings for Longer-Term Food Storage

Findings of recent scientific studies conducted by a team of researchers at Brigham Young University show that properly packaged, low-moisture foods stored at room temperature or cooler (75°F/24°C or lower) remain nutritious and edible much longer than previously thought. The studies, which are the first of their kind, increase the estimated shelf life for many products to 30 years or more (see chart for new estimates of shelf life). Previous estimates of longevity were based on "best-if-used-by" recommendations and experience. Though not studied, sugar, salt, baking soda (essential for soaking beans), and vitamin C in tablet form also store well long-term. Some basic foods do need more frequent rotation, such as vegetable oil every 1 to 2 years.
While there is a decline in nutritional quality and taste over time, depending on the original quality of food and how it was processed, packaged, and stored, the studies show that even after being stored long-term, the food will help sustain life in an emergency.
For tips on how to best preserve longer-term food storage products, see Longer-Term Supply.
New "Life Sustaining" Shelf-Life Estimates (In Years)
Wheat 30+
White rice 30+
Pinto beans 30
Apple slices 30
Macaroni 30
Rolled oats 30
Potato flakes 30
Powdered milk 20


Trevlyn said...

Thanks for the good reminders! I was grinding wheat for homemade bread just two days ago!

kms said...

I won't be tossing out my cans of apple slices then.

Thanks for the info.

MarySue said...

So glad to be of help!

sylvia said...

thanks for this info aunt sue! I'm anxious to get started on my food storage, it's so important!


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