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The Best Survival Foods: Non-Perishables That Can Outlive You

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Sick of stockpiling food that expires on you? Wish there were foods that could last a decade or two, or even go so far as to outlive you?

Well, I’m happy to say, these kinds of foods do exist. While they’re few in number, foods that have extreme long-term expiration dates can really help you boost your food stockpile preps.


You can put ’em in the back of your pantry and forget ’em. Some may change taste and/or texture, but they’ll still be completely edible when you get around to needing them the most.

While you should practice FIFO or rotation in your food storage, some things can last forever.

Use this list to make your food stockpile checklist and you’ll be saving money in the long run. No more throwing out unopened cans because they’re a year or two past expiration.

The Dry Guys

  • Rice
  • Beans
  • Lentils

Sugary Foods 

  • Honey
  • Maple Syrup
  • Molasses
  • Corn Syrup
  • Dried Cranberries

Seasonings and Powders

  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Flour 
  • Cornstarch
  • Banking Soda
  • Flavor Extracts 
  • Pepper

These foods are paramount to a well-tailored food storage program. Be sure that you have things like this in your own pantry as it can make all the difference. 

Moreover, be sure that you learn how to use these ingredients. That is the only caveat with these long term food storage items. These items will be there when you need them but you don’t want to be eating molasses out of the jar with a spoon. 

Salt and sugar can be used for drying and curing foods. You have to get to know the power in these base ingredients. 

You might also consider these lifelong ingredients as something to stockpile for the barter. Having barter items that last forever is a great prepper advantage!