Tinned dehydrated foods have a really long shelf life and are ideal for long term prepping.
One of the downsides to building up a disaster larder or store cupboard is the limited lifespan of some foods. Store bought foods generally might have 2 or 3 years on them.
This means that, even if you stretch out the dates a bit, you will be rotating foodstuffs in your store every few years. That means extra cost replacing those items and potential waste if it’s not the kinds of food you want to eat in normal, non-emergency circumstances.
Some tinned dehydrated foods get around that problem with a 25 year shelf life!
Have a look at brands like MountainHouse as a good example.
Their tins of dehydrated foods and meals might seem quite expensive initially, but with a 25 year shelf life the amount you pay is actually good value for money when you consider that you don’t have to use and rotate those foods in 25 years.
Dehydrated foods can cover a range of things from breakfast, full main meals or individual food items like chopped chicken, beef mince or vegetables.
I have stashed away a few tins of their dehydrated chicken and beef mince. You can always make sauces or rotate jars of sauce in your store cupboard, but protein items like chicken and beef will be great for long term storage.
They have breakfast items like porridge oats with dehydrated fruit, so you can just add water to make yourself a decent filling breakfast.
Complete main meals like chilli con carne, curry or sweet and sour chicken might be OK for the occasional something different, but one point of view would be to ignore these and choose just the meats on their own, especially if you are already storing your own rice and pasta. Just make a simple sauce yourself and you’re done.