Is wheat still good after 5 years?
If you ask these questions, you’re not alone! Many of us have the same questions when adding to our pantry/food storage.
Having food in the pantry is only useful if it’s edible!
Keep in mind that the shelf life given for items are only accurate if the food is stored properly. For best shelf life, food must be sealed in an oxygen-free container at 75℉ or cooler (no moisture and avoid sunlight).
Less than 1 year
- Brown Rice 6-8 Months
Brown rice has essential fatty acids and will only store for about 6-8 months before going rancid.
- Granola 9 Months
- Yeast 2 years if kept in 70℉ or cooler; 5 years if refrigerated
Yeast is a living organism; it has a limited storage life. In commercially sealed metal foil containers, it will last about 2 years. If you refrigerate it however, it will last up to 5. When package is opened, I store mine in a canning jar in the freezer; it last for several years like this. It doesn’t freeze solid; it’s easy to spoon out the amount need for a recipe.
Flour is ground wheat seeds stripped from their outer shells; the shelf life is considerably less. The shelf life is approximately 5 years. Recommendation: Keep your grains whole and grind them as needed. They will last 5 times as long.
8 -10 Years
- Soft Grains
Barley, Oat Groats, Rolled Oats and Quinoa Rye are considered “soft grains” because the outer shell/husk is softer, so the seeds inside are not as protected as hard grains such as wheat. If stored properly, their shelf life will be about 8 years.
Adzuki, Blackeye, Black Turtle, Garbanzo, Great Northern, Kidney, Lentils, Lima, Mung, Pink, Pinto, Small Red, and Soy (during storage beans lose some oils and also over a long period of time they may resist water absorption and will be “tough” when cooked. They are still edible, but may need to be ground in order to use them. Cooler temperatures extends the shelf life. Beans will store for about 8-10 years.
- Dehydrated Vegetables
Commercially dehydrated Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Onions, Peppers, Potatoes, Corn will last about 8-10 years. Most brands of #10 cans will have the shelf life printed on the label.
- White Rice
White rice has been stripped of its outer shell and the fatty acids. It will las longer in storage, but isn’t nearly as good for you as brown rice. The shelf life for white rice is about 8-10 years.
- Dehydrated Dairy Products
Commercially prepared Cheese Powder, Cocoa Powder, Powdered Eggs, Butter/Margarine Powder, Powdered Milk, and Whey Powder will store for up to 10 years.
Macaroni, Noodles, Spaghetti (if kept dry pasta will store longer than flour. Shelf life for pasta is 10-15 years.
- Dehydrated Fruit
Commercially dehydrated Apple Chips, Bananas, Pineapple, Strawberries should be good 10-15 years.
Textured Vegetable Protein is made from soy beans has a very long storage life. TVP can be stored for 15-20 years.
- Hard Grains
Buckwheat, Corn, Flax, Kamut, Millet, Durum Wheat, Hard Red Wheat, Hard White Wheat, Spelt, and Triticale (these hard grains all store for a long time because of their sturdy outer shells. Hard Grains can be stored for 20-25 years.
- Freeze Dried Food
Most freeze dried food will last 25-30 years.
Indefinitely — More than 30 years
- Honey, Salt and Sugars
If 100% pure honey is stored free of moisture and in a cool place it will last indefinitely. If honey does crystallize when stored; simply set the container holding the honey in a pot of boiling water for several minutes to liquefy it. Salt and sugar will last indefinitely if stored free of moisture.
Hopefully this list will help you. Please share any shelf life information that you feel should be added or changed so the best information may be provided.Pin It