You often hear the phrase “rotate your supplies” from experienced preppers. You have to use what you store, store what you use, and check things regularly to that you know you really do have what you think you have. Great idea, doesn’t always work exactly as planned. I came across a couple of these the other day.
I think these are still being manufactured, and they are similar to those made by Mainstay, but I don’t see them available on Amazon. Web searches say they are mentioned in “The Life of Pi.” Personally I prefer the Datrex. This package was dated 1992, so it’s roughly 21 years old. Appropriate that emergency lifeboat rations are old enough to drink. Anyway, I ate some for lunch yesterday, and I’m still feeling fine today, and I know this package was knocked around in the trunk of my car for at least a few years, possibly a decade, so I’d rate them as “long lasting.” Taste is meh, as expected of food old enough to vote in the last presidential election. Packaging was still sealed and solid. Anyway, just a data point that some folks might find interesting.