Survival Foods with an Insanely Long Shelf Life

woman looking at jars of survival food on a shelf

From food shortages to big storms, stocking up on the right foods can save you some stress in an emergency. You don’t have to worry about finding your next meal. You can focus on other important tasks instead. For both short-term and long-term emergencies, it’s best to collect food with a long shelf life. Stay prepared with these long-lasting food items.

High-Calorie Foods with Long Shelf Lives

Rich calories are sometimes hidden in surprising everyday foods! Whether you’re planning to cook in the wild or near your pantry, be sure to have these high-calorie options:

  • Uncooked rice can last thirty years. It makes the perfect base for a delicious and easy family meal.
  • Raisins can be added to snacks, breakfasts, or sandwiches. 
  • Cooking oils can make cooking easier and add flavor.
  • Peanut butter is the perfect addition to breakfast cereals, lunchtime sandwiches, and dinner dishes as a peanut sauce.
  • Instant mashed potatoes can be eaten as mashed potatoes or used to thicken soups.
  • Quinoa works just like rice in a lunch or dinner dish. It’s also a perfect substitute for oatmeal at breakfast! 

You and your family need to have enough calories stored away in your survival pantry. Shop for easy, affordable, and nutritious options. 4Patriots survival food is a great starting point.

Snack Foods That Will Last Forever

When it comes to survival snacks, there are delicious foods that can last forever. Foods like honey can be used well after their expiration date. Unopened jars of olives can last up to three years. Peanut butter is a delicious snack that doesn’t need to be refrigerated. Popcorn never expires. 

You can include some candies if you have a sweet tooth. Candy canes, hard candies, caramels, dark chocolate, and jelly beans can last a year. Candy corn, white chocolate, and gum can last almost two years. Instant coffee, which is wonderful with a snack, can last forever. Powdered milk can last a long time, too. You can add it to instant coffee or breakfast cereal! Canned fruits also make a perfect survival snack, with expiration dates years after their grocery store sale dates. 

Remember that keeping survival foods shelf-stable means keeping food stored properly

Protein-Rich Foods with Long Shelf Lives

You won’t always have access to typical protein sources, like eggs and meat. Look to these protein-rich foods with long shelf lives:

  • Black Beans 
  • Canned Lima Beans 
  • breakfast cereal
  • Chia Seeds 
  • Hemp Seeds 
  • Peanut Butter 
  • Dried Fruit Trail Mix 
  • Lentils 
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Beef Jerky

Mix and match shelf-stable dry foods with your favorite 4Patriots freeze-dried meat packs to create delicious, easy meals you’ll love! 

Ready to stock your shelves with food that will last for days, weeks, or even 25 years from now?* Get nutritious, great-tasting meals from 4Patriots by shopping our long-term survival food kits! You’ll enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner during even the most stressful of emergency situations.

*4Patriots survival food is designed to last 25 years on the shelf. Storage conditions impact the shelf life of your food. For best results, always protect your food from heat, air and moisture. Avoid prolonged exposure to temps above 75 °F. Keep food sealed until ready to eat. Shelf life will vary based on storage conditions.