Non-perishable foods have a longer shelf life as they don’t require refrigeration to keep from spoiling quickly. Here are some of the best and healthier foods that are nonperishable that you should keep around during emergency situations.
DRIED AND CANNED BEANS, FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Dried and canned beans are smart non-perishable food choice because of their long shelf life and are still filled with high nutrient content. Canned beans and vegetables can be kept at room temperature for up to five years while dried beans can last up to ten years depending on the packaging.
NUTS AND NUT BUTTERS
Nut butters such as peanut, almond and cashew are creamy, nutrient-dense, and delicious and can last sometimes up to a year if kept at room temperature. Nut butters are also rich in healthy fats, proteins, minerals and vitamins.
DRIED FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Dried produce is considered non-perishable as it has a much longer shelf life than fresh. When properly stored, and safely kept at room temperature, it can be stored for up to one year. Fruits and veggies such as apples, tomatoes, and carrots can be dried and kept in vacuum-sealed packaging to help prevent spoilage.
CANNED FISH AND POULTRY
Canned fish and poultry can be safely kept without refrigeration for long periods upwards of five years if kept at room temperature. Some are even made in pouches now instead of cans which makes for easier storage, but they do have a shorter shelf life.
Rice, oats and barley are some great whole grains that have a much longer shelf life than other popular but perishable carbohydrate sources such as bread. Grains have such versatility and can be added to soups, salads and casseroles.
Meat preservation is an aged old practice to keep protein sources from spoiling. Jerky is made by curing meat in a salt solution, then dehydrating it. Preservatives, flavorings, and other additive are sometimes used during processing. These days, jerky can be found in beef, salmon, chicken, buffalo, even coconut and banana. Some jerky can be safely kept for up to one year making them a good option in cases of emergency.
Canned and dried soups can be a great choice as they are low in acid and can be kept at room temperature for up to 5 years, with the exception of tomato based types. Choose soups that are rich in healthy ingredients such as vegetables and beans and those low in sodium.
As with all foods, you should always check the labels for expiration dates.