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The ultimate guide to foods that never spoil: Long-lasting prepping pantry staples
By HRS Editors // Jul 09, 2024

Not a lot of non-preppers will think of starting a stockpile with food supplies that can last for several years, but this is a common thing for most preppers.

The whole process can seem daunting for a beginner, but here are some long-lasting pantry staples to help you get started. (h/t to SuperPrepper.com)

Aside from choosing food supplies with a long shelf-life, you should also invest in high-quality containers for your items. Store your stockpile in a secure location and make sure all sealed containers are dry and sealed properly.

The most common reason why food goes bad is due to bacteria growth. Bacteria need a certain amount of hydration and oxygen to grow.

If you remove those two elements via dehydration and deoxidization, foods can last for years or even decades in your stockpile.

Beans/dried lentils

Dried beans will last for at least several years.

Beans are a great source of essential dietary fiber and carbohydrates when you’re dealing with an emergency or are low on supplies. Store dried lentils in a cool, dry place.

Dried fruit

Dried fruit can last many years but it should be stored in a safe place away from fumes it can soak up.

Since dried fruit can soak up flavor elements from its surroundings, you should store it in a clean, dry room with enough air ventilation to keep it from being stuffy.


Honey is well-known for being the longest-lasting and most sustainable food source. Honey can last a very long time, especially if you keep it in a dry place with the lid on at all times.

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If your honey becomes crystallized, you can melt it down again. Place the container in a bath of warm water, and the crystals will melt down to syrup. (Related: Canning, drying and more: The art of food preservation across cultures.)

Maple syrup

Like honey, maple syrup easily stores and preserves for many years when kept closed, sealed and in a cool, dry place. If maple syrup crystalizes, you can also melt it by putting the container in a bath of warm water.


Oats are a versatile ingredient. You can serve them hot with either savory or sweet toppings.

Powdered milk

When looking for Vitamins D, C and calcium, powdered milk is the perfect stored option if you don’t have access to fresh citrus or fresh dairy.

Powdered milk retains its nutritional value even after it has been dried and stored for several years. When buying powdered milk, look for products that are specifically designed for long-term storage.


Rice keeps itself dry so it also has a long shelf life. White rice is the most recommended because brown rice has the highest possibility of going rancid over time.

Whatever kind of rice you get, opt for the dehydrated form and seal it properly.


Salt is naturally long-lasting even without human intervention.

In a pinch, you can use salt to preserve meat. However, you will need a lot of salt for meat preservation so keep that in mind if you plan to do so after SHTF.

Soy sauce

Soy sauce is fermented and salty and it can last a very long time even without refrigeration. Make sure you store soy sauce away from fumes so that it doesn’t get tainted by outside smells.


In its purest form, sugar can last almost as long as salt.


White vinegar and apple cider vinegar are fermented and impossible to spoil.

Keep vinegar closed and store it in a cool, dry place away from fumes that can get into the liquid and taint it. 

Where to get long-lasting pantry staples for your stockpile

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The Ranger Bucket Organic Emergency Storable Food Supply is the world's first emergency food supply that is certified organic and laboratory-verified. All the food items are organic, non-GMO and laboratory tested for heavy metals.

They are also free of chemical ingredients such as MSG or preservatives. These food buckets can be stored for up to 10 to 15 years, depending on storage conditions.

The Ranger Bucket Organic Emergency Storable Food Supply contains different items such as Organic Black Beans, Organic Red Lentils and Organic Millet.

Organic apples are full of essential nutrients and antioxidants that support overall health and well-being. The Brighteon Store wants to help you experience the full nutritional benefits of organic apples, which is why we're bringing you freeze-dried, organic, diced apples in long-term storable #10 cans.

Health Ranger Select Freeze-Dried Organic Diced Apples are made from fresh, high-quality apples grown under strict organic standards without the use of synthetic pesticides.

Our freeze-dried apple pieces are non-GMO, certified Kosher organic and are thoroughly lab-tested for glyphosate, heavy metals and microbes. Eat them as a snack or rehydrate them by soaking them in water.

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Watch the video below to learn about the health benefits of Organic Apples.

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More related stories:

Top rules for smart preppers: Building your ultimate emergency stockpile.

10 Survival uses of pink Himalayan salt.

Grow your own feast: Top crops for your home vegetable garden.

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