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Everyday Cheapskate: Best Nonperishable Food to Stockpile for an Emergency

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White rice should be used within two years after opening. Brown rice should be used within six months, as it has more protein. You can extend the shelf life of white rice in containers with tight-fitting lids. It can last up to 10 years when properly vacuum-sealed.


Pasta is filling, and in a well-packaged state, it will last for months, perhaps even years, on pantry shelves. Jarred and canned pasta sauces will be a welcomed sight when you need a quick meal that's simple to heat and eat.


Beans and legumes are a great source of protein and ideal for long-term storage. In their dry state, they remain edible and packed with nutrition for long periods of time.



You can count on all-purpose flour lasting well for three to six months in its sealed bag or up to one year in the refrigerator. If stored in the freezer, it can last even longer.


Sugar is one of the few products that lasts indefinitely. The only problem it presents for cooks is that it can harden. For this reason, plan on sugar having a useful shelf life of about two years.


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