Vsauce! Kevin here. Hardtack is a type of
cheap, long-lasting biscuit used for sustenance on long military campaigns and voyages at
sea.  It’s made of just flour, water and salt and is baked 2-3 times to remove all
moisture and can last for years. It’s so hard that soldiers during the American Civil War
would break it up with the butts of their rifles and then add water or coffee just to
be able to eat it. The Minnesota Historical Society has a 150 year old piece of hardtack
that they believe is still edible to this day! Pemmican consists of lean dried meat crushed
into a powder and mixed with hot rendered fat. Invented by Native Americans, it can
last for years and it’s traditionally made like this: Game meat like Buffalo or Elk is
cut into thin slices and dried, then pounded into powder and mixed with melted fat at a
ratio of one to one. And it was used to survive long journeys where food was scarce Jerky made out of beef or turkey can last
one to two years depending on moisture level and how it’s cured. Jerky is meat trimmed
of fat which would spoil quickly and then dried and salted to inhibit the growth of
bacteria. MRE or Meal, Ready To Eat is a self-contained
field ration used by the military that depending on storage conditions can last anywhere from
a month to five years.  Its contents can vary for example MRE 2013 Menu 9 includes
Beef Stew, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Wheat Snack Bread, Nuts And Raisins Mix, Pretzels, Cocoa,
Hot Sauce, An Accessory Packet, Spoon and Flameless Ration Heater. And the packaging
is designed to withstand parachute drops of 1,250 ft (380 m) and non-parachute drops of
98 ft (30 m). Thrive is a company specializing in emergency
preparedness offering an entire pantry of long term stored foods.  Including freeze
dried beef dices that last up to 25 years in a sealed can or freeze dried ice cream
sandwiches that last up to two years after opening. They also have front-loading food
rotation shelves and emergency kits filled with things like rope, dust masks, waterproof
matches, can opener and more. Honey can never spoil. And it’s because it
contains very little water, is extremely acidic and contains hydrogen peroxide. Here are some more foods that last a very
long time. Despite a popular myth claiming they have
an indefinite shelf life Twinkies do in fact spoil. And it happens after about 25 days
– which is a long time in the world of baked goods and it’s because they lack dairy products
but much shorter than their purported immortality. One of the only commercially sold food items
that has an absolute expiration date is infant formula because the nutrients deteriorate
and it’s actually one of the only food products the federal government regulates regarding
dating. Dates on food refer to either “use by” dates
– the date which the manufacturer decides the product will be at its best or “sell by”
dates – the date which stores use as a guideline for how long they can display perishable items
like meat or milk, both of which are not set dates for which the food will go bad and in
most cases the food will stay edible much longer, especially with proper storage. Your
best bet for knowing when food has gone bad is by smelling and examining it before consuming. And while a healthy human can survive roughly
eight weeks without any food – the shelf life on humans without drinking water is only about
3 to 5 days.  So keep in mind that all the corn starch, vinegar and maple syrup in the
world won’t help you survive if you don’t have drinking water – and always thanks for

98 thoughts on “APOCALYPSE FOOD

  1. In Germany we call those Cookie things "Panzerkekse" so basically Tank Cookies and they have that name because
    people so you can drive a tank over it and they won't break.

  2. liquor and salt aren't food. so claiming they are food items that can last forever is kind of misrepresenting them. They're not food because you they don't supply you with nutrients

  3. I'm pretty sure most of the things that have a long albeit not indefinite shelf life go up if vacuum sealed with and oxygene eater in the package

  4. No mention of penutbutter, it has a 1 year+ shelf life, 1 year under normal circumstances, or longer if stored in a controlled environment. Also, all those vinegars they mentioned? Well, pickled / fermented foods have equally long shelf lives.

  5. Seriously? You never listed probably the most important long lasting survival food of all time. Gelatin. It doesn't spoil. Is a complete protein with an amazing amino acid profile, with very high bioavailibiity.

  6. if you want 2 years with no nutrient or vitamin deficiencies just get Modulen, it's basically adult baby formula

  7. Its really creepy how internet read my mind. I saw pemmican in this video went to search for it, just typed "P" and there it was.

  8. Mres are not that good. But it's military they don't treat you like a little princess because if your hungry you would eat anything.

  9. I ate an eighteen year old MRE one time and it still tasted pretty good. In case anyone was wondering, I'm pretty sure it was like a roasted chicken patty with wheat snack bread and cheese spread. The wheat snack bread is inedible, no matter how fresh it is.

  10. Hi I was wondering, anyone who knows please let me know I bought organic beef jerky from Costco. It says best by Nov 22, 2017. Am I too late to eat it? Or can it actually last longer unopened?

  11. Well kids, i hope you payed attention.
    Because now you can start up Rimworld and test out how far you can get.

    Remember: Everything goes on the Rim. Those who could judge you didn't survive the winter.
    And those who still think about playing god will get eaten by the abomination the guy next door created.
    I sure hope you are into cannibalism, organ stealing and slavery, then maybe you will still be around next year!

  12. oatmeal and peanut butter with two bananas in the morning last you for the whole day so that your best bet

  13. The best thing to doisstock up on different canned fruit so you can get the most water and sugar intake

  14. Should of mentioned freeze dried food, which you can find easily in any place that sells hiking/backpacking goods (and even Walmart). Often will last decades. It's expensive, but an easy thing you can buy a week's worth, store it and forget about it without worrying about rotating it out.

  15. Warning: Don't get that THRIVE company confused with the company of the same name based in Huston, Texas. The one in utah is food, the one in texas is an MLM that sells phony energy drinks. I only know this because my dad worked on the infrastructure from the website and one colleague got really confused.

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