How to Extend Dehydrated Food Shelf Life

How to Extend Dehydrated Food Shelf Life
How to Extend Dehydrated Food Shelf Life

What factor decreases the shelf life of dehydrated foods?

• Ingredients
• Temperature
• Packaging
• Brand

Answer: Temperature

There are many factors that can affect the shelf life of dehydrated foods, but the most overlooked is temperature fluctuations in the storage area. It’s important to read the fine print and really consider the storage temperature to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to food storage.

Packaging and Ingredients

Inadequate packaging of dehydrated foods can leave a lot of trapped moisture, causing the food to go bad. Constant temperature changes also has a lot do with spoiling food. But advances in technology have made it easier and more affordable for companies to properly package foods for long term storage.

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The ingredients in emergency foods won’t have an effect on shelf life, because they’ve been prepared for long term storage. While there are many companies that make emergency foods, the ones that are serious about helping you prepare will provide directions to help maximize the shelf life of their product.

In fact, that’s one way to tell if you’re dealing with a company who takes their responsibilities to the consumer seriously.

Damaging Temperatures

It’s not just hot temperatures that can affect the shelf life of food products, but constant changes in temperature as well. To maximize the shelf life of dehydrated (and mostly all emergency preparedness) foods, store them in a cool, dry location —like a basement or cellar.

Read the instructions and fine print before buying any survival foods and ensure the storage location is adequate enough to keep the food from spoiling.

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Where do you store your emergency food supply and what tips can you give to help others maximize their food storage? We look forward to hearing your ideas.

~To Your Survival!