Camping - Emergency / Survival

Shelf Life

We choose to take a conservative approach to shelf life.  We also want our products to perform optimally when you need them.  Our general conservative shelf life statement for Gourmet Reserves (items in cans) is 10+ years.  If stored properly, we know that when you open your Gourmet Reserves in 10 years they will perform for you and they will be as fresh as the day they left our facility.  All the original flavor profiles, textures and nutritional content will be intact.

The most susceptible ingredients to aging are dairy products, including non-fat milk powder, sour cream powder, cheese powders and egg products.  Because many of these ingredients are commonly found in our “instant – just add water” entrees; it is with your best interest that we declare the conservative shelf life of 10+ years.

When you open a Gourmet Reserves can, the unused portion may remain in the can.  Use the plastic lid provided to seal the top of the opened can.  Most products are perfectly safe to store in your pantry after opening for up to 60-90 days.

Upon receipt of your Gourmet Reserves, we recommend using a permanent marker to note the date each can enters your pantry or storage area.  Be sure to rotate and use your Gourmet Reserves near the end of the recommended shelf life, then restock as needed to ensure the freshest food reserves at all times.

We hope you appreciate the quality of our foods, our commitment to providing the best long term food storage that will bring you peace of mind for many years to come and will perform when you need them most.

For optimal shelf life, it is best to store the products in a cool, dry environment.  We recommend 65º or less; the cooler the better.  High heat that occurs in a garage or the trunk of a car is not good for our products.

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