Thinking About What to Have in Your Cupboards for the Long Haul

As we look at the world around us things appear to be fairly uncertain. How do we look ahead and make the best choices for our families? One of the areas where this directly affects us as moms is how can we prepare food items for those we take care of? There are pantry items that literally last forever. Having a few of these tucked away relieves the stress of future shortages. Below are two different articles discussing this topic.

Please do not stress our over this. Food is not going to disappear, or become so expensive we cannot afford it. Having a few of these items in your pantry allows you freedom to not worry about it. It is less expensive to purchase a 50 lb bag of rice than smaller amounts. These are available at places like Sam’s Cub, Costco, and Smart and Final. Share one with other family members or close friends. Rice never spoils. Sugar never spoils if stored in sealed dry containers. Dried beans will stay usable indefinitely if stored properly.

As the one responsible for feeding my family it takes allot of pressure off me if I know I have a few meals available in my pantry. I sleep better having that confidence. Think about the things that give you that kind of peace. Take the time now to prepare for this. Then, every couple of years, cycle those items through your meals and restock your long term food supply. If this is too much for you to consider with so many other things for which you are responsible, ask your spouse or a friend to take care of this for you. There are folks our there who love this kind of thing. Our family members in Alaska have to think of this due to the inclement weather conditions they sometimes experience. They have small children so it is really important for them to be prepared.

Kitchen Items That Never Spoil

  • Honey. Honey may crystallize over time, but it won’t actually expire or become unusable. Heating it in the microwave or over water on the stove resolves the crystallization, returning it to it’s natural state.
  • Sugar. White, brown and powdered sugar can be used indefinitely if they are stored in an airtight container away from light and heat. … 
  • White Rice. … Brown rice does not save well due to the spoilage of the husks on each kernel, but white rice will literally stay usable forever! There are so many ways to prepare it, store some away for yourself.
  • Salt. … 
  • Cornstarch. … 
  • Vinegar. … 
  • Pure Vanilla Extract. … 
  • Maple Syrup.
  • Soy Sauce
  • Bullion Cubes
  • Dried Beans
  • Powdered Milk
  • Loose Popcorn, microwave popcorn will not save for the longterm, but bagged popcorn is a great treat! Get some and hide it away, just in case.
  • Honey
  • Baking Soda
  • Corn syrup
  • Spices In addition:   Most canned foods These items can last 2 or 3 years:


Chia Seeds


Cooking oil sprays

Red wine

Hemp seeds

Canola oil

Coconut milk

Coconut oil.  Due to its high saturated fat content, virgin or extra-virgin coconut oil can last an indefinite amount of time

Canned tomatoes


Meat jerky

Dried fruit

Canned tuna

Hard Liquor

Canned olives.  3 years

Marinara sauce.  3 years

Instant coffee

Dry pastas

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