10 Best Survival Foods that Do Not Expire

Ok, the apocalypse is here, aliens have landed or a nuclear war has broken out, 3/4 of humanity is infected by a virus or other plague epidemic and hungry zombies swarm in the cities trying to devour on you. So, stocking up on survival food that does not expire will at least keep you fed until the cavalry arrives to save you.

Here is a list of Survival food That Does Not Expire

  1. Honey
  2. White Rice
  3. Salt
  4. Dry Spices
  5. Milk Powder
  6. Sugar
  7. Dry Peas
  8. Canned Food
  9. Maple Syrup
  10. Pemmican

It’s okay if you’ve watched every episode of The Walking Dead show, so you know how to defend yourself and you know what you need to do or not do.

But the whole thing is also to feed, the first few months, it’s easy but the more time goes by the more food becomes scarce because most of it will get spoiled and no one is there to fill the shelves of supermarkets and grocery stores.

In these cases, all you have to do is look at and stock up on foods that never perish, so there is no risk of getting sick (no one will be there to treat you either) starve!

This list below will also be useful if you are the type to forget food at the bottom of the closet for years, like myself lol!

So, here it goes:

10 Best Survival food That Does Not Expire


Ah, I love honey and I guess you do too. Probably the most enjoyed food on the list, honey has a reputation for never getting spoiled and it is already proven by science.

Honey contains powerful bacteriostatic agents, that is to say that bacteria can not grow in honey and that is why it never perishes. After a certain time, it will crystallize but you just need to heat it to make it return to its original state. The legend even tells that the 2000-year-old Honey found  in the Egyptian pyramids is still good!

White Rice

rice survival food not expire

Research has shown that white rice can retain its flavor and nutrients 30 years after its expiration date ! Well, it’s not really for life like honey but if we ever suffer an invasion of zombies, it’s already not bad if you survive until then right ?

However, conditions must be met : white rice must be stored in an airtight container and cool (less than 5°) !


salt survive food shelf life

In the past (when fridges didn’t exist), salt was primarily used to preserve foods such as meat and since salt is a mineral it’s not surprising that it doesn’t spoil ever.

Dry Spices

You can keep your spices for life, to tell the truth, like honey, spices never perish, at worst, they lose taste.

Milk Powder

NESTLE NIDO Fortificada Dry Milk 56.4 Ounce Canister

The very reason for the existence of milk powder is its long shelf life, and it was designed to last much longer than in its original state. Ideal in case of apocalypse or nuclear war(God forbid) to replace its liquid form!

Also, you should know that the milk in boxes or bottles can be consumed even 2 months after its expiration date(if it has not been opened Of course).


All types of sugar (white, brown..) can stay unchanged for life, the reason: bacteria can’t grow in it, as it is with honey too! The only risk is that it may become hard as stone if any moisture gets in it, so you should store it in a cool and dry place and above all, protected from moisture!

Dry peas

Camellia Brand Dried Green Split Peas, 1 Pound (Pack of 2)

Lentils, peas, beans, like all dry products, can be kepy very long. However, it is necessary to keep them out of the light and in an airtight jar to preserve the taste!

Canned food

Of course! Canned food is made to last. You know that a tin can is no longer good when its external appearance has changed (hipped, holed, swollen…), as long as the can looks beautiful, it’s still good!

Maple syrup

Just like honey and sugar, bacteria can not grow in maple syrup, which gives it the awesome quality to never spoil.


This name may not tell you anything yet and it it’s the only meat food in this list. Pemmican consists of Marrow and animal fat, powdered dried meat and berries. It comes in the form of bread, pate or patties that can’t get mold and can be kept for decades!

It is the American Indians who are the origin of this long lasting food, they made it to survive during the long winter months.

Wrap Up

If you are looking for survival food that does not expire there are plenty of options to choose from. You can even enjoy healthy and delicious meals even with food specifically created for survival.

Which is often the form of powder of thick substance, though with a little efforts and imagination you could make pretty nice food and cook the meals you and your family would enjoy.

Until you get back to pizza and burgers ;-). I suggest you make your homemade versions like this pizza and burgers recipe which are often even better and healthy options that store-bought.

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