14 Long-Lasting Foods You Should Always Have on Hand

It's always a good idea to have a supply of non-perishable food on hand in case of an emergency.

 As stated by foodsafety.gov, the best way to keep food fresh is to use it up before its expiration date and then replace it.

There are many benefits to using this low-fat plant-based protein. When stored in an airtight container, dried beans, lentils, peas, and other legumes can last for up to a year.


Cans of canned fruits like peaches and pears can be stored for up to 18 months in the kitchen cabinet. Pickles and sauerkraut are the same.

Canned Fruits

Canned low-acid foods like meat, poultry, and fish can be stored in an unopened can for two to five years in a cool, clean, and dry location. In addition to canned chicken, tuna, sardines, oysters, turkey, pork and sausage, you can also buy SPAM in a can.

Canned Meats

Essential nutrients can be obtained by consuming canned vegetables such as canned potatoes, corn, carrots, spinach, beans, beets, and peas. Canned vegetables can be stored in the pantry for up to five years, so stock up when they're on sale.

Canned Vegetables

This protein-rich snack is available dried, smoked or unsmoked, and air dried. A year of store-bought beef jerky will keep in a dark pantry at room temperature. However, homemade jerky only lasts 1-2 months.


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