10 Cheap & Healthy Stockpile Foods That Never Expire

by Simplify

Are you a prepper? Do you have a stockpile of food, just in case? Here are the ten cheap and healthy foods to stockpile that never expire.

1. Ramen noodles

This food gets a lot of flak for being unhealthy, but if you leave off the seasoning packets which are loaded with MSG and sodium, the noodles themselves are just salt and water.

Ramen is one of the best foods to stockpile because it is so versatile. You can eat it dry or prepared, or even in a stir fry or dressed up with sauce.

2. Beans

Canned beans are one of those foods that never expire. Dried beans will dry out after five years, but by soaking them intensively, you can make them usable again.

3. White rice

It literally lasts forever and can be stored in any bag, bottle, or container. It’s also a really cheap food to stockpile.

4. Popcorn

This tasty snack also lasts a long time. Get the kernels and not the microwave popcorn variety.

5. Soy sauce

Eating the same unflavored food is tough, but this versatile seasoning lasts for a long time, making it a great stockpile option.

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6. Canned chicken

Canned chicken, if you can find it, is one of the best foods to stockpile.

7. Canned tuna

It’s healthy and tasty. Get the cans, not the pouches though. It’s too easy to puncture the pouches and cause the fish to spoil.

8. Pasta

Pasta is one of the foods that never expires. It can easily last a decade.

9. Salt

You have to have salt. It’s great for seasoning. It’s necessary for nutrition. It’s also useful for medical situations.

10. Honey and sugar

Sugar lasts a long time. It may get hard as it ages, but it can still be scraped and used. Honey can also crystallize with age, but heating it up restores its gloopy consistency.

An important stockpile tip is to constantly rotate items to prevent food waste. Keep the old food at the front and the new food in the back. Another tip is that the expiration date is more of a suggestion than a rule.

Cheap foods that never expire

What are your favorite items to stockpile? Drop a comment and let us know.

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  • Millie Millie on Mar 14, 2023

    Most of the items you list do have expiration dates on them. They are there for a purpose. I know from experience that some of the rice and beans have bugs in them and multiply over time. Out of date beans do not soften very easily when soaked and cooked. I guess if you were starving you would eat it anyway.

    The statement that they never expire is wrong!

  • Jan Gilbert Jan Gilbert on Mar 16, 2023

    Ramen might not "expire" but it sure doesn't taste good after several years from the expiration date on the package. My mom gave me several packages that she had because she had to start watching her sodium and couldn't eat them anymore. They were from 2014 and tasted horrible. Maybe it was the seasoning but yucky! Yes, I agree with Millie, never expire is the wrong wording.