Imagine a possible future scene with me for a moment. An emergency situation has shown up at your doorstep. Your family is hungry, and you have reached the end of the food in your cupboards. You are now faced with opening that food storage that you have had stashed away in the basement for years, forgotten and dusty. Do you really want to be nervously sniffing that can of food and crossing your fingers that it’s not going to make you all horribly sick? Unless you get your kicks out of risky and possibly quite disgusting experiences, I don’t think you do. This, my friends, is why the shelf life of your food storage matters. When that emergency situation comes, you don’t want to be questioning the shelf life of the food you and your family are now meant to survive on. You want to be able to rest assured that you have made a good purchase. Having emergency food stored that is designed to last a very long time—25 years or more—offers a peace of mind that cannot be overstated.
I think we all know someone who is unflinchingly fearless when it comes to eating food that’s gone over its expiration date. When I was in high school, I had a friend who loved—I might even say obsessed over—canned mandarin oranges. One day, I was at her house and she pulled out a can of oranges and offered me some. As she did, I noticed that the expiration date on the can was about six months in the past. I pointed this out to her, and she shrugged her shoulders and proceeded to open and devour the entire can. I thought she was crazy and told her as much, but she assured me the oranges tasted good, so she finished her can and we forgot about it…for about an hour. At that point, she started to look really pale, and she told me in a weak voice that she didn’t feel so good. She proceeded to throw up all over the place, and I later found out that’s what she did for the rest of the night and the next few days. Luckily, the spoiled food didn’t cause her more harm than temporary discomfort, but from that time on, she could never stomach mandarin oranges again.
I tell this little story because I think of that friend every time I go to open something that has been in my cupboards for a longer time than I think it should have been. I know plenty of die-hard people who test the limits of expiration dates and are just fine (my husband is particularly gutsy in this area), but this memory of my mandarin-orange-loving friend has kept me extremely suspicious of any food that has been around for a long time. For me to be able to eat my food storage, I have to know that it is still going to be good when the time comes to use it. This is my biggest motivator in having emergency food like Legacy Premium food that is made to last up to 25 years.
Not only does having food storage with a 25-year-shelf life protect you from unpleasant and dangerous conditions, it also makes your life in the interim between now and a disaster situation a whole lot easier. If you buy food storage items that are only going to last a few years, you are going to have to be very organized and worry about rotating things out frequently and replacing them with new items. If you are like me, you probably don’t have much room on your to-do list, and this is not a very appealing prospect. Also, having to rotate and replace emergency food can become an expensive habit. In contrast, if you invest in food that will last a quarter of a century, you will only have to worry about replacement a few times in your life.
I hope I’ve convinced you that the shelf life of food storage is a crucial consideration to make when you are buying emergency food, and there is simply no reason to settle for food that has a shelf life of less than 25 years. Be aware, though, that as you go out in search of long-term food storage, you are going to find that the food storage industry is filled with companies who make big claims they cannot back up. Many food storage companies claim their food has a shelf life of 25 years or more, but often their claims are simply fancy words to put on their label and make them look good. Some emergency food companies have simply not done their research when it comes to ingredients that keep, and they include ingredients in their emergency food that spoil after a short amount of time. Uneducated food buyers then end up with a worthless product after just a few years.
Through extensive research and years of experience, Legacy Premium has designed its emergency food to last 25 years. Because of our freeze-drying process, our meticulous oxygen-removal system, and our knowledge about the most effective ways to package and store emergency food, we are confident in our claim of a 25-year shelf life. But we don’t want you to just take our word for it. As consumers, it’s important that you know the factors that affect the shelf life of emergency food so that you can make informed decisions when you are building up your food store. In next week’s post, we’ll talk about these factors in detail, so stay tuned, and be prepared to learn a little more about what makes emergency food last and why Legacy Premium foods are the ultimate in long-term food storage.