Nuts, a good source of protein, are high in calories and fat, so keep portion sizes small; a handful is just right. For variety, try different types such as peanuts, cashews, almonds and pecans. Look for unsalted or low-salt versions. Most peanut butter is stable at room temperature and can serve as a spread for crackers or as a dip for fruit such as apples or vegetables such as celery.
Canned meat is high in protein and easy to pack. With plenty of options that range from tuna and chicken to salmon and crabmeat, choose the one that you like best.
3. Dried Beans
Beans are one of the easiest sources of protein to store long-term. They have a naturally low moisture content and can last for years. Additionally, beans are among the most nutritious foods you can eat. They are loaded with protein, fiber and various important minerals, such as magnesium.
Honey is a natural antibiotic because of its high sugar and surprisingly low moisture content. If you want to use a sweetener, then honey is significantly “less bad” than refined sugar. However, it should only be consumed in moderation.
Given that sodium chloride is a mineral that is taken from the Earth, its permanence should come as no surprise. It has also been used for centuries as a tool for preserving other foods (or bodies) because it removes moisture. The salt in your cupboard may not last forever, though. Morton Salt points out that adding iodine to table salt reduces the shelf life, so if your container says iodized salt, expect it to only last about 5 years.
The taste isn’t quite as good, but one of the main reasons that powdered milk exists is because it lasts longer. It is also easier to transport and store than fresh milk.
7.Dried Herbs and Spices
Just like other plants that have had their moisture content removed, dried herbs and spices are fantastic foods to carry or store for long periods. As long as they are kept dry, they can often last for years.
Researchers have found that white (or polished) rice will maintain its nutrient content and flavor for 30 years when stored in oxygen-free containers in temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Brown rice, however, doesn’t last nearly as long (6 months) because of the natural oils found in its bran layer.
9. Hard Liquor
Whipping up some vodka and a pitcher of cocktails? Distilled spirits —vodka, rum, whiskey, gin, tequila and the like — don’t spoil, even after opening. The taste and aroma may fade gradually, but it’ll take ages before you notice.
Keep it fresh: Store in cool, dark area, away from direct heat or sunlight. Keep bottle tightly closed when not in use.
White, brown or powdered — sugar never spoils because it doesn’t support bacterial growth. The real challenge is to prevent it from becoming rock-hard. Keep it fresh: Keep sugar in a cool, dry area. To prevent sugar from hardening after opening, place it in an airtight container or cover the original package in a heavy-duty plastic bag and seal tightly.
11. Maple Syrup
Pure maple syrup not only makes your pancakes special, it adds tremendous flavor to a whole range of dishes. Best of all, it keeps forever in the freezer.
Keep it fresh: Refrigerate after opening. For long-term storage, freeze maple syrup in airtight plastic containers.
12. Pure Vanilla Extract
Yes, it’s more expensive than its imitation counterpart. But pure vanilla extract keeps forever, so you’ll never have to waste a drop.
Keep it fresh: Store in cool, dark cupboard and keep tightly closed when not in use.
The best foods to store for long periods of time are those that have little or no moisture content and are not temperature sensitive.