5 Foods That You Can Store for Decades

It’s never bad to have some food stock around house or in your cellar. Find out some foods that can last for years

In these days when more and more we are facing calamities it’s never a bad idea to have a stockpile around your house or better in a cellar. These foods can last for years and you can use them in case the grid goes down or there is no electricity. This is important as they don’t need refrigeration and the food that can be stored the longest is preserved by dehydration and canning.

Usually the food goes bad by time, but using old times methods (remember the cowboys that were experts in preserving food) like canning or dehydration you can have a great stockpile to use in case of hurricanes for example.

If you don’t have time to do this or its simple for you, just opt for buying the non perishable food or that can be stored for long time like honey rice or sugar.

Read further to find out what other foods you can keep forever without fear of spoilage.


Most types of rice have an indefinite shelf life. The main challenge is keeping it free of insects.

So how long does rice last in a cellar?

White rice have an indefinite shelf life, when kept free from contaminants. The exception is brown rice — thanks to its higher oil content.

Shelf life for uncooked rice:

How to keep it fresh: store in a cool, dry area. Once opened, place rice in a sealed airtight container or place original package in a resealable heavy-duty freezer bag.


ghee - clarified butter spoon
Tablespoon of ghee via ajurveda.cz

Ghee comes from the Sanskrit word meaning “sprinkled,” which means that the milk fat is rendered from the butter to separate the milk solids and water.

It’s known also like clarified butter. In Ayurveda, it’s been lauded as an essential superfood with dozens of health benefits like reducing the risk of heart diseases, eliminates toxins and can even help you loose weight.

There is very easy to prepare it at home and if it’s stored correctly it can last for centuries. In case you need it, all you have to do is cook with it even 10 years after you stored it.

3. Vegetable stock cubes

Together with bouillon cubes they are a very cheap solution to have a hot soup at any time. Basically we talk about dehydrated vegetables and animal fat. This can keep you feed in an emergency case, but be aware that they have high salt content.

Keep them in dry places as they can loose flavor in a humid place.


Pasta via viepiu.com

Dried pasta is made from semolina flour and water. Because of its relatively low cost and major versatility, it is one of the most popular food items in the world.

Properly stored, a package of dry pasta shells will generally stay at best quality for about 3-5 years at room temperature. You can easily extend this period if you use air tight containers and a dry cool place.

So, how long does pasta last? When properly stored, the shelf life of pasta past its sell by date is approximately 3 years and even more if you take care of the storing conditions.

5. Powdered milk

According to the USDA, powdered milk can be stored indefinitely. An unopened package is probably still usable for 2 to 10 years after the printed “best by” date. Some survival stores sell nonfat dry powdered milk labeled with a 25-year shelf life.

Dried milk lasts longer when free of moisture and oxygen. If it is in its original package and unopened, it will last longer for sure, so this is the best solution to keep it.

Some foods can last a relatively long time but it’s measured in months or a couple of years as opposed to decades. As a general rule, you should pay attention to the expiration dates on bottles, cans and boxes purchased at a grocery store. Still, your main focus should be any type of beans, nuts, seeds, dehydrated fruits and vegetables, potato flakes, vinegar and even tea or coffee.

To help yourself keep track, label your containers with content and date. It will be easy for you to have a clear view on what you have in the stockpile.

If we’ve missed any food that you know to last forever, make sure to put the list in the comments section below.

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