Short Term or Long Term Food Supply?

Do you know the difference between short term & long term food supply?

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According to FEMA, some foods & beverages can be stored indefinitely if stored “in proper containers and conditions”.

  • Short-term food is usually highly processed (boxed meals) or stored in liquid (canned foods) or has high oil content (peanut butter). Short-term food needs to be used and rotated regularly.
  • Long-term food is usually dried, dehydrated, or freeze dried.  The majority of long-term food, if stored properly, can be stored indefinitely.  

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“While it is important to know the difference in long and short term food storage, canned goods can be stored for very long periods of time. If the cans are not dented, rusted, or somehow damaged, they may be kept long after their “use by date”. The quality of the food may not be quite as good, but they are still good to eat! I have opened cans of veggies that were 5 years old or so. A quick drain and rinse and cooked as normal. They didn’t taste any different than a can purchased the day before”.  Comment made by:  Prepper Owens 


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