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Friday, November 20, 2009

Simple Food Storage Items - Beverages

Re-post Courtesy of Riverwalkers Stealth Survival

One of the most useful items you can have in your food storage program is beverages. There are also a number of instant products that have very good shelf life. If it becomes necessary to boil your water or add chemical purifiers, having beverage mixes handy will increase the flavor and taste of an otherwise bland drink. Here are some simple storage beverage items.


Ground Coffee has a shelf life of about 2 years when unopened and about 2 weeks when opened.

Instant Coffee has a shelf life of about 1 year unopened and about 2 to 3 weeks when opened.

Powdered Coffee Creamer has an approximate shelf life of 6 months.


Instant Tea has a shelf life of about 3 years.

Loose Tea has a shelf life of about 2 years.

Tea Bags have a shelf life of approximately 18 months.


Canned Milk has an approximate shelf life of 1 year.

Instant Nonfat Dry Milk has an approximate shelf life of 6 months in the pantry and up to a year in the freezer.


Diet Sodas have a shelf life of about 3 months when unopened.

Regular Sodas have a shelf life of about 6 months when unopened.


Country Time Lemonade, Crystal Light, and Kool Aid Drink Mixes, etc. have an approximate shelf life of 2 years.


Powder Baby Formula in cans is good for approximately one year after the expiration date. The reason they last longer is they are vacuum sealed in order to maintain freshness.Opened cans are good for approximately 4 weeks once opened and this time period can be extended to about 8 weeks if stored in the refrigerator.

Storing beverage items will give you additional variety in your food storage program.

Staying above the water line!


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