Here are some general guidelines for rotating common emergency foods:

Use within six months:

  • Powdered milk (boxed)
  • Dried fruit (in metal container)
  • Dry, crisp crackers (in metal container)
  • Potatoes

Use within one year:

  • Canned condensed meat and vegetable soups
  • Canned fruits, fruit juices and vegetables
  • Ready-to-eat cereals and uncooked instant cereals (in metal containers)
  • Jelly
  • Hard candy, chocolate bars and canned nuts

May be stored indefinitely (in proper containers and conditions):

  • Wheat
  • Vegetable oils
  • Corn
  • Baking powder
  • Soybeans
  • Instant coffee, tea
  • Vitamin C
  • Cocoa
  • Salt
  • Noncarbonated soft drinks
  • White rice
  • Dry pasta
  • Powdered milk (in nitrogen-packed cans)