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Kenna

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Long life food list
« on: January 26, 2014, 01:03:05 pm »

Rice - can be kept for 10 years if stored correctly.
Dried beans - can be kept for 10 years if stored correctly.
Salt - stores forever (keep it dry)
Sugar - can be kept for 10 years if stored correctly.
Honey - will keep forever
Pasta (dry) - can be kept for 5 years.
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UHT long life milk - check the use by date on the carton
chocolate - check use by date on the package
Coffee - check the use by date on the tin/jar/packet
Tea - check the use by date on the packet
jam - check the use by date on the tin/jar
flour - check the use by date on the pack (not very long when ground)
Golden syrup - can be stored unopened for up to two years
Dry biscuits/processed bread products - check the use by date




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Re: Long life food list
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2014, 01:13:37 pm »

Freeze dried coffee in he vacume selaed blocks last the longest ive used one that was 8 years past its best before and it was fine.
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Re: Long life food list
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2014, 08:26:53 pm »

American site but the article is well worth a read - "56 long term survival foods"
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Re: Long life food list
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2014, 03:06:39 pm »

Check out the happy preppers website for food list as well as lots of unusual things to get. American site but lots of good ideas and info on different uses for everyday items.
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Re: Long life food list
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2014, 07:37:12 pm »

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Rice - can be kept for 10 years if stored correctly.
Dried beans - can be kept for 10 years if stored correctly.
Salt - stores forever (keep it dry)
Sugar - can be kept for 10 years if stored correctly.
Honey - will keep forever
Pasta (dry) - can be kept for 5 years.
canned foods - see link You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
UHT long life milk - check the use by date on the carton
chocolate - check use by date on the package
Coffee - check the use by date on the tin/jar/packet
Tea - check the use by date on the packet
jam - check the use by date on the tin/jar
flour - check the use by date on the pack (not very long when ground)
Golden syrup - can be stored unopened for up to two years
Dry biscuits/processed bread products - check the use by date


Just a couple of things that you might need to look up on Kenna

1. brown rice can go rancid after 6 months and turn toxic it makes ricin which is not very good for you so your best to store white rice which is good for 12 months without any problems or special storage

2. Sugar has an indefinite shelf life so unless its contaminated by something else it will last long past 10 years it may go hard though but that's snot a problem

3. Dry pasta if left in its original packaging and stored in a cool dry place way from direct sunlight will last for 15 years and I am talking about the kind you get in Coles and woollies

when checking the dates on the packaging its important to note how it is labelled
is it labelled

"Use by  xxxxx

or is it labelled

"best before xxxxxx

They have very different meanings

Use by  = The product will no longer fit for consumptions past this date and may make you very ill
for an example a bottle of milk


Best before = many different things such as the best presentation of the product before this date such as taste , texture, visual appearance or it could refer to the highest nutritional value of the product
for an example freeze dried peas may start have a higher rate of peas that do not reconstitute when remixed with water after the best before date

I will have to go and set up my old computer I have heaps of information on this subject saved  that you might find helpful
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Re: Long life food list
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2014, 11:09:12 am »

Corn meal or maize flour seems to be very hard to get in oz but have tracked it down at the Indian grocer! Just for something different to store, think tortillas, corn bread tacos etc.
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Re: Long life food list
« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2014, 02:51:00 pm »

Honey Never Expires.. Bacteria cannot live within it meaning it can be used as an anticeptic and it can be added to all sorts of foods to make it taste less like dirt... Cyrovaccing has also added to foods shelf life tremendously by removing all oxygen and preventing decay.
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Re: Long life food list
« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2015, 07:57:27 am »

I have had some honey for 15 years and I'm still using it (originally a 20l bucket).  On the other hand, I have had a bucket of honey ferment.  So it sort of depends.  When it crystalizes, it seems to be more stable. 

I am keeping white rice longer than 12 months.  I freeze it for a couple of weeks and then pack down into vacuum bags in smaller amounts.  I'm using rice that I packed about 18 months ago and who knows how old it was when it hit the shelves.  It smells a bit old (rancid) when you open the vacuum pack but the smell goes off it and it tastes perfect.  Probably not good for you but it fills a gap.

My favourite long life food is rice noodles - the vermicelli kind.  The packets didn't use to have any use by date on it but a couple of years ago they started showing a use by date.  They need no freezing, vacuum packing and they never seem to go off in any way.  Even weevils don't like them and you can boil or throw into oil or add to any wet dish and they swell to at least 4 times their dry weight.
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Re: Long life food list
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2015, 11:59:27 am »

When we did our rice(White) we also processed it in the freezer for a few weeks then vac-packed it in kilo lots with a dried bay leaf in each bag.By way of rotation we are using rice that's 5 yrs old and haven't had anything(Taste or smell) unusual about it at all.
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Re: Long life food list
« Reply #9 on: July 29, 2015, 10:29:11 am »

The two I think you forgot are soy sauce and condensed milk powder.

Soy sauce should be able to last indefinitely (if unopened) although a slight change in taste occurs. Considering everyone wants to have rice with their preps soy sauce is a good coupling item for it.

Condensed milk powder should last from 2-10 years unopened, not really sure of the brands that are out there but I remember when they used to sell nestle milk powder and that was definitely the stuff to get, not so sure now though.

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« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2015, 01:12:00 pm »

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Best before test
« Reply #11 on: June 27, 2018, 01:27:28 pm »

Have just tested a couple of items from the food store well past their 'Best before' dates
and logging here FWIW.

Packaged noodles - the ones with little sachets of soy, chilli, onion etc.
Cooked up one which was 12 months past it's 'Best before' date.
Taste definitely not so good but still edible.
No adverse after effects.
Won't be getting any more of them though.

Soup mix in a 4 serve foil package
This was eleven years past its 'Best before' date.
Was a 'Hearty Beef' mix from a well known maker (2% beef!).
Tasted great.
No adverse effects.
Will get a few more of these.
Light weight - 65g, easy to pack or carry, easy to 'cook' (10 minutes in a billy just add 1 litre of water), satisfying, especially in cold weather.
Disadvantage; not many calories - only 62 per serve so more of a spirit raiser rather than a food source.
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