Foods That Can Be Stored for Years

Stockpiling food that lasts for a long time is important for every family because, in the event of catastrophic emergencies, stored food comes first for survivals to sustain. Knowing which foods to store and how long they will last is the most important task while stockpiling food. Some food has a long shelf life due to the nature of such food, but the key to success is to learn the proper storage techniques to have a lifetime supply of particular food. Food that resists heat, moisture, oxygen, and light has the longest shelf life. Here is the top sustainable food to store for years:


Archaeologists found 3,000-year-old pots of honey in an ancient Egyptians tomb still perfectly edible. Honey could last for such a long time due to the unique composition of its components. Honey is low in the water, high in sugar, and contains small amounts of hydrogen peroxide that inhibits the growth of microbes. Heat the honey before storing to remove water and airtight lids to prevent air moisture from clouding or crystallizing honey.

Dried Beans

Dried beans contain a high amount of sugar and little amount of water, which makes it hard atmosphere for the growth of bacteria and molds. People used dried beans as a stable diet long before biblical time because dried beans are rich in proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. The proper storage techniques such as airtight lids will keep the beans for years as an excellent source of protein.

White Rice

White rice is one of the major staple items to store for 30 years especially under low temperature and no oxygen atmosphere. White rice is an excellent source of calories as a breakfast meal, soups, or side dishes. Store rice airyated at a stable temperature of 70 degrees.


Wheat is a high source of carbohydrates, protein, minerals, and vitamins. Wheat is the main diet for one-third of the world population and the popular staple supplies for 20% of daily calories to a majority of the world's people. Store wheat in airtight containers for 30 years.

Jam & Pickles

Sugars and salt are not a good medium for bacteria to grow and nourish. Homemade jams and jellies should retain best quality and flavor for up to one year. The ideal storage for jams is in a cool, dark, dry place. Brining or pickling is one of the oldest methods of preserving food using kosher salts such as salted fish, salted meat, runner beans, cucumber, cheese, olives, and cabbage. Brining causes the living cells of bacteria and fungus to dehydrate through osmosis and die.

Dried Corn

Drying corn is a simple technique to extend the shelf life of maize and use it in soups, cornmeal, livestock feed, hominy, and grits. Cut the kernels from the cob and place it on drying trays. Dry corn kernels for 6-12 hours at 130 degrees F, then cool it and transfer it into an airtight container to store for 15- 20 years.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is an excellent multi purpose food to store for a long time and use it as teeth cleaner, household cleaner, dish cleaner, laundry detergent booster, and leavening agent for baked goods.

Coffee & Tea

Storing green coffee beans and tea using desiccant packets or oxygen and moisture absorbing packets can extend the shelf life storage period for 15-25 years. Scientific studies suggest that coffee has many positive effects on health such as better blood sugar regulation, better cardiovascular, and better gastrointestinal health.

Powdered Milk

Having dry milk on hand comes extremely handy as food for the kid, cooking, and baking during emergencies and disasters. Storing powdered milk in an airtight plastic container away from heat, rodents, bugs, and moisture preserves the milk for ten years.

Soy Sauce

Soy sauce has the potential to last at least three years due to the salt content and acidic nature using bacteria for fermentation, which makes it a struggle for the growth of other bacteria