All this talk of natural disasters and evacuations and may be making some of you feel a little nervous. The healthy way to react to recent weather events, however, is to prepare. Don't go crazy, but make sure to have well-stocked bug-out bag just in case you need to, well, bug out in a cinch.
A bug-out bag is a kit that carries everything you would need to survive for three days following a natural disaster. If you're stranded, stuck in your home, or in an evacuation center, this kit can be your lifeline. However, if you'd like to, you can include food items that can actually last years, and not just three days.
Do you know how long honey can stay edible in storage? At least 3,000 years, apparently. When archaeologists found pots of honey in ancient Egyptian tombs, they were surprised to find that the honey remained unspoiled throughout the millennia.
Honey has a bit of hydrogen peroxide, and this inhibits the growth of microbes that make food go bad. If you keep honey in an airtight container that prevents the sugars from absorbing water in the atmosphere, you'll be able to keep honey for longer.
If you keep white rice away from oxygen, you can extend its shelf life. Over half the world's population consider white rice as a staple food item, and it can store well for up to a decade at a constant temperature of 21°C. If you store it at a lower temperature, it can last up to 30 years.
You can keep a container of white rice in your bug-out bag, though of course cooking it would be the next thing you'd have to worry about.
Soy sauce isn't going to fill your stomach, but at least it can help prolong the shelf life of other foods and make them taste better as well. Soy sauce itself has a shelf life of at least three years. It's full of sodium, which makes soy sauce unsuitable for microorganisms to live. With proper storage, soy sauce will still be safe to consume years after purchase. It won't be of best quality, but at least it won't be giving you food poisoning.
The acidity of vinegar is achieved by using Acetobacter bacteria during the fermentation process. This makes it difficult for other kinds of bacteria to grow in the vinegar. As a result, it's going to take a lot to make vinegar go bad. Though long storage can change the appearance or flavor of vinegar, the vinegar itself will nonetheless remain safe to eat. Maybe you can make room for a little bottle of vinegar in your bug-out bag.
Like white rice, dark chocolate can have a long shelf life if you store it at a constant temperature. If you don't store the chocolate at a constant temperature, the fat may rise to surface of the chocolate and turn into a mold-like stain called “chocolate bloom”. However, if stored correctly, dark chocolate can have a shelf life that can last for at least two years.
Why not milk chocolate, though? Milk can reduce chocolate's shelf life and render it unsafe to eat. If you include milk chocolate in your bug-out bag, though, you have an excuse to gobble it all up right away.
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