To keep: Nearly all can goods should be stored in a cool, dry area.
14. Peanut Butter
Get the kind of peanut butter that does not have to be refrigerated. These can last over a year in normal room temperatures.
To keep: Store in cool, dry area for best results.
15. Soy Sauce
Unopened soy sauce can last for many years.
To keep: Store in a cool, dry area.
16. Dried Beans
Virtually all dried beans can be stored indefinitely when stored properly. In a study at B.Y.U., 80% of a study panel concluded that beans that were stored for 30 years were acceptable. The beans were stored in #10 cans with all air removed.
To keep: Store in airtight containers in a cool, dry area.
18. Baking Soda
Baking soda is an important ingredient in many recipes and storing it is key in having it last.
To keep: Baking soda, when left sealed, will last indefinitely. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry area.
Beef, Chicken and various other flavor bouillon can be stored for years.
To keep: Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry area.
20. Non-Carbonated Soda
Many dinks like sport drinks, juices, vitamin water, and bottled water will last for years if stored properly. You will notice a loss of flavor over time but the liquid will still be safe to drink if you follow the following storage advice.
To keep: Store all liquids in a cool, dry area away from sunlight or any heat source.
21. Instant coffee, Tea, and Cocoa
Storing these favorites will definitely keep up the morale in a survial situation. Instant coffee that is vacuum freeze-dried will last forever if kept in a dry airtight container. As for all three, they must be kept away from any moisture.
To keep: For instant coffee, store in an airtight container. For teas and cocoas, you will want to add desiccant packets and/or oxygen absorbing packets and vacuum seal in a new package.
22. Dried Corn
Corn has a virtual plethora of uses and is a staple of many diets. Drying fresh corn is actually very easy and you can store it like you would beans.
To keep: Store in an airtight container and keep in a cool, dry area.
This is by no means a complete list. We would love to hear what items you’ve found that keep well for years. Leave your recommendations in the comments below.