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How often should I replace emergency food supplies stored for a disaster?

While it's important to store a supply of food for emergencies, you will also need to replace your supply on a regular basis.

Within six months, use:

  • Boxed potatoes
  • Dried fruit
  • Dry, crisp crackers
  • Powdered milk

Within one year, use:

  • Canned soups
  • Canned fruits, fruit juices,and vegetables
  • Canned nuts
  • Jelly
  • Peanut butter
  • Ready-to-eat cereals and uncooked instant cereals

In proper containers and conditions, the following can be stored indefinitely:

  • Bouillon products
  • Dried corn
  • Dry pasta
  • Instant coffee, tea and cocoa
  • White rice

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