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Food Prep 101: 5 Staples for Your Dry Storage

Three Cans of Noodles, Beans, and Lentils on a ShelfHaving a big supply of basic foods is an excellent approach to be prepared. Not only is having dry storage convenient for your weekly meal preparation, but it can also come in handy in the event of an emergency. There are numerous compelling reasons to keep a dry storage shelf, cabinet, or room. But which are the suitable foods for your dry storage?

Since not all foods will last six months, a year, or longer, it’s important to choose and use dry food with the longest possible shelf life to limit the amount of effort it will take to keep your dry storage up to date. Here is a list of common foods that should be a part of any dry storage system.

Rice and Grains

One of the excellent additions to your food storage inventory incorporates rice and grains, especially rolled oats and dried or canned corn. These are low-cost and delectable foods that you can use in various recipes. They also all tend to last a long time under the right conditions. Rice and rolled oats can both last up to 30 years when stored properly!

Pasta and Noodles

Another wonderful shelf food for your food storage is dried pasta and noodles. Not only will commercially-packaged pasta last around 10 years on a shelf, but there are also other types of noodles that you may add to your dry food stores. Italian-style pasta, ramen, vermicelli, and more are all great options to stock up on when they go on sale.


Beans are a food storage staple because they contain healthy plant proteins and, for dry varieties, can last up to 30 years in storage. Even if you prefer canned beans, plan to keep various beans on hand and start using them regularly in your cooking. Pinto beans, white beans, black beans, and chickpeas are all popular choices that are tasty additions to many hearty dishes.

Powdered Eggs and Milk

Yes, you can also keep eggs and dairy in your dry food storage! (Remember: You need canned or powdered varieties for storage purposes.) Powdered eggs are ideal for baking and do not need refrigeration. They can last up to 7 years, making them an excellent choice for a fully stocked food storage room.

The same may be said with powdered or canned milk. Not only can you use both whenever you want the creamy consistency of half and half in a recipe, but these foods will also last a long time and are great to have on hand in an emergency.

Coffee, Condiments, and Snacks

Don’t forget to include items you regularly use that you can also keep in your storage when you load your dry food shelves! As an illustration, if you love coffee, it’s recommended to keep some in your food storage. It may not last as long as rice or pasta, but with rotation, you can keep a bag or two on hand at all times.

Staples like salt, sugar, baking soda, ketchup, mustard, hot sauce, and even salad dressings and barbeque sauces can be kept in dry storage for months or even years. As long as they are unopened, they do not need refrigeration. Lastly, packaged snacks and cookies, including crackers, candy, or other goodies, are an excellent method to relieve those cravings while also ensuring that you always have snacks on hand when you need them.

With some planning and regular rotation, you can easily maintain a stock of dry food in your pantry, cabinet, or storage room!

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