Be Prepared: 6 Foods to Store Forever

In the event of a global food crisis, it is vital to be prepared.  The key to preparedness is storing food that is easy to get a hold of, will last for several years or even decades, and is somewhat nutrient-dense. While it is always important to purchase high quality organic foods, in the event of a food crisis it is often essential to exercise your survival skills, which may mean it is hard to come across optimal food sources. 

Basmati Rice

1. Be prepared with rice
When storing food for a global food crisis, rice is perfect as it adheres to the essential principals of food storage. White, jasmine, wild, arborio, and basmati rice all have an almost indefinite shelf life. Rice is considered by many to be the ultimate survivalist food to stockpile in order to be prepared for a food crisis. Brown rice, while a healthier alternative to white, has a shorter lifespan. Due to the higher oil content of the food, it will go bad faster. 

2. Survive the food crisis with distilled white vinegar
White vinegar is a popular choice for salad dressings and marinades. With a long shelf life that makes it a perfect for food preparedness, distilled white vinegar will maintain its quality and taste for about as the entirety of its lifespan. Be prepared with distilled white vinegar. 

3. Enhance your survival skills with sea salt
Sea salt is the ‘real’ form of traditional table salt, sodium chloride. It is the ideal choice over its unhealthy counterpart, but in the event of a food crisis sodium chloride can also do the job. It is better to be prepared with sodium chloride than to not have anything at all. Salt is a powerful flavor enhancer that will never go bad. It can also be used to cure meats, which is a great way to maintain the integrity of stored meats. 

4. Honey
Honey has such a long shelf life that it has even been recovered from Egyptian tombs. While it can change color and crystallize over time, its edibility does not change. You can even restore crystallized honey by adding warm water and stirring. In its raw form, honey is also full of enzymes and essential nutrients. 

5. Cornstarch, the everlasting food ingredient for a food crisis
Cornstarch is a food substance that has a variety of uses. Helpful in thickening gravies, sauces, or soups, cornstarch is a food crisis necessity that will help you be prepared. It is important to note that while all of these ingredients will have an increased lifespan when kept in a cool, dry space, cornstarch will particularly be affected. 

6. Pure vanilla extract
Pure vanilla extract, different from its imitation counterpart vanilla extract, will last forever. The extra cost over its imitation is only minor compared to the elongated shelf life of pure vanilla extract.

Honing your survival skills will help you to be prepared if a food crisis is to ever strike the nation, or even the globe. Stocking up on these key foods will ensure that you and your family will not go hungry if such an event is to unfold. Even more impressive is the fact that these ingredients can be easily purchased at local grocery stores, making them convenient yet potent.

Storing food for a global food crisis may not be the first thing on your mind right now, but it is certainly great to know in the case of any food crisis. Although survival skills are not nearly as necessary in today’s society due to great advancements, having them could one day positively effect your life greatly.


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22 Responses

  1. millenniumfly

    Although not a "forever" food prep, a good variety of beans make a useful addition to your rice stockpiles for added nutrution and variety.

  2. Survivor

    I think it is worth mentioning how to store rice, as you purchase it from the store will not store it indefinitely. The easiest way is to freeze it for several days, bring it back to room temperature, then freeze it again. These freeze cycles will control any possible pests or pest eggs in the rice. You then want to store it in mylar bags or empty cleaned soda bottles, then seal with an oxygen absorber. You can also find survival supplies at

    • Jenny

      One thing i have just learned from a post on Pinterest is Oven Canning…it is a way to can your dry goods and should keep for 10yrs or more from reports…It seems a simple process…and the low heat is suppose to be just enough to kill any bugs or such…this might be a suitable method for rice, beans, flour, pasta and such…just an idea…just do a google search for "oven canning" and it will give you some good reads & the "how to's"…

  3. storage Tulsa OK

    Well, in case of a food crisis, then it is definitely essential to store the basic goods that last longer than usual in reliable containers and storage areas. It would be quite a challenge, but it sure is important to do one's best to survive these days and the coming years.

  4. Susan

    while shopping, get large bottles of water
    Have at least one gun
    have a shelter,either in the ground r in a basement
    Go to Church and Pray

  5. Tyler A

    This is a great list thanks. Never really thought about cornstarch and its many uses. Thanks a lot!

  6. Harley121

    A vacuum bagger is also an excellent way to seal up rice as well as many other dry foods for LONG storage. We live in the country, so a good bolt action or single action rifle in 223 cal (cheap ammo) will serve you well for hunting and protection. A 357 cal revolver is a must to. Stay away from the semi-auto weapons, too many moving parts to break and jamb!

  7. Marianne

    Adding Water to honey can intorduce bacteria, which will cause the honey to spoil. A better way to soften honey is the hot water bath method. I set the bottle on a rack in a pan of simmering water. The only unpleasant result from this method is the plastic bottle becomes mishapen as the honey heats. Oh well!

  8. Alan

    For those of you who want to store food for long periods find the nearest Mormon and ask them about the cannery in your area. The LDS church owns hundreds of self help canneries that are open to anyone whether they are Mormons or not. You just sign up for a time, go help everyone who signed up and you have access to the facility. You can can rice, wheat, beans, and a number of other foods. The food is canned with oxygen absorber packs and most of it will store for at least 30 years. It requires some time and effort on your part, but you know what you canned and it is much cheaper than commercially available long term food storage. You have your choice of canning in one gallon steel cans or mylar pouches. I prefer the cans because they are mouse proof. As I said, it is ran by the LDS church but I have never been turned away and I have never heard of anyone being turned away as long as you are willing to adhere to a few rules like not smoking at the cannery, watch your language if you have a potty mouth like I do, and follow the sanitation rules. It is a great deal. I hear that they also have some wet canneries where you can can fruit and meat, but in my area it is only a dry-pack cannery for grains and some dehydrated food, like powdered milk.

  9. walt

    Sea Salt is best! Ask anyone, it has been hyped so much. The other salt comes from mines. How did it get there you might ask. Ancient seas dried up and got covered over. Salt is Salt. About the only difference between is there was less pollution in the the ancient oceans. The other difference is price. Sea salt comes from evaporation ponds (I used to live by some), you don't want to know what the wading birds do in those ponds before its evaporated to be bulldozed out. While sailing in Mexico we had to divert course to keep from being run over by a tug towing salt barges. Every barge had hundreds od seagulls hitching a ride, They didn't fly off to answer the call. Think about it.

  10. Shawn

    I'll start stocking cornstarch when America stops growing Monsanto corn and putting it in EVERYTHING

  11. WesMidwest

    I appreciate you including some items you don't often see on short food storage lists (cornstarch, etc.).

    I know it's not a food item, but Iodine (super saturated potassium iodide) is an extremely important multi-purpose item for prepping. It's very effective against bacterial infections, to purify water, AND to protect you from radiation in case of a nuclear event.

    And for those who have money and not time, a good option is the purchase of bulk dried and freeze-dried meals. Thanks for this post!

    Wes T.


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