Monday, January 14, 2008

New Food Storage Tidbit

For those of you who have, or are working on food storage, I thought I'd share some information that I recently learned.

Findings of recent scientific studies conducted by a team of researchers at Brigham Young University show that properly packaged, low-moisture foods stored at room temperature or cooler (75°F/24°C or lower) remain nutritious and edible much longer than previously thought. The studies, which are the first of their kind, increase the estimated shelf life for many products to 30 years or more (see chart for new estimates of shelf life). Previous estimates of longevity were based on "best-if-used-by" recommendations and experience. Though not studied, sugar, salt, baking soda (essential for soaking beans), and vitamin C in tablet form also store well long-term. Some basic foods do need more frequent rotation, such as vegetable oil every 1 to 2 years.
While there is a decline in nutritional quality and taste over time, depending on the original quality of food and how it was processed, packaged, and stored, the studies show that even after being stored long-term, the food will help sustain life in an emergency.

Food New "Life sustaining Shelf-Life (in Years)

Wheat 30+

White Rice 30+

Pinto Beans 30

Apple Slices 30

Macaroni 30

Rolled Oats 30

Potato Flakes 30

Powdered Milk 30

So the moral of this info is - don't throw it out!! It might not taste the best, but it will help keep you alive in an emergency. I thought this was good to know! If you would like more information you can go here. It seems like there is a crack down on getting it now! I also heard a rumor that the price of wheat is expected to go up. Experts are predicting a shortage - so the price of wheat, bread and anything made from wheat is likely to raise. I know that I have a lot to do still with regards to food storage. But I try and do what I can.