The best foods to store for long periods of time are those that have little or no moisture content, and that are not temperature sensitive. Here are a few options to add to your pantry.
Nuts: With many options to choose from, nuts are a great source of protein, fat and fiber that offer a lot of variety. Most types of nuts last for a year, or longer if frozen.
Canned Meats & Seafood: These can last for 2 to 5 years in many cases, are an excellent source of protein, and canned fish is a fantastic source of Omega-3 fatty acids.
Whole Dried Grains: Grains can typically be stored for years, as long as they are kept dry and sealed tightly. Try rice, buckwheat and gluten-free oats for options that are gluten- free.
Dark Chocolate: Stored in a cool, dry place, this can last 4 to 6 months past the “Best by” date. This is an excellent source of fiber, magnesium and many other important nutrients.
Canned Fruits & Vegetables: Canned fruits and vegetables last for years because they are packaged in an acidic solution and sold in airtight containers.
Dried Fruit: They are loaded with various nutrients such as fiber. The process of dehydration prevents the fruit from molding easily. Be careful to consume in moderation due to the high sugar and calorie content.
Dried Beans: Beans are one of the easiest sources of protein to store long-term. They naturally have a low moisture content and can last for years. In addition to being nutritious, they are loaded with protein, fiber and important minerals such as magnesium.
Protein Powders: Easy to store and can last up to 5 years.
Hard Cheese Encased in Wax: When hard cheese is sealed with a waxy outer coating, it can last up to 25 years before it begins to spoil.
Red Wine: In most cases, wine tastes best after aging for several years. In the case of red wine, it can also have some impressive health benefits when consumed in moderation.
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