White rice (in a jar or plastic box) can last up to 3 years
Today, many people buy and procure oversupply of food (flour, salt, sugar, oil, fat, etc.) for fear of a new pandemic, cost, food shortages, world wars, and nuclear wars. However, it is advisable to make a proper supply of food from foods that have a long shelf life. Flour, however, is not the right choice because it can burn. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration provide excellent advice on creating food stocks.
- White rice (in an oxygen-free container) will last between 25 and 30 years. Rice packed in a plastic box or glass jar will not lose its aroma and nutritional value even after 3 years.
- Honey is a food without a shelf life. Honey consists of sugar and has little moisture, which makes it difficult for bacteria and microorganisms to survive in honey. Therefore, honey has an infinite shelf life.
- Dried legumes (beans, peas, lentils) have a long shelf life. Beans and lentils can be kept indefinitely if they are hermetically sealed in a glass jar. Canned beans can last for years if kept in a dry and cool place.
- Canned fruits, vegetables and meat have a shelf life of one to 5 years.
- Canned foods with high acid content (for example, tomatoes and fruits) will retain the best quality for 12 to 18 months. Canned foods with low acid content (such as meat and vegetables) will retain quality for 2 to 5 years.
- Milk powder has a shelf life of up to 18 months, but U.S. experts say it is usable for another 2 to 10 years after the expiration date. Some stores sell skimmed milk powder with a shelf life of up to 25+ years. The US Department of Agriculture believes that powdered milk is a stable food with an unlimited shelf life.