Jello is a really popular snack and can be great for camping and just at home as a dessert. It’s also really inexpensive and can be bought in bulk, which makes it ideal for preppers. Of course, to be a good food source for survivalists, it also needs to be long-lasting enough that it has a really long expiration date.
The good news is that even though jello does officially have an expiration date, it can be used long after this date successfully. The one thing to remember is that this only applies to the powdered form of jello. If it’s already made or bought in cubes, it will last for about a week before expiring.
There’s no point in investing money into food products that will expire quickly. This makes dehydrated foods excellent for long term food storage. Powdered Jello is also a really good food to store because it has an official expiration date that is often at least a few years, and unofficially, it can still be prepared successfully long after this date has passed.
One of the best ways to store dried goods is in small mylar bags like these.
So, what’s the best way to store it if you want to make it last for as long as possible? Consider the following:
● Make sure that you store it in an environment that is cool, dry, and dark
● Areas exposed to sunlight, humidity and heat will cause Jello to spoil more quickly
● Use a pantry or other area that you know is waterproof and will not become humid
● Throw away any opened or torn packages, as these will spoil a lot quicker and will be a bad investment and a waste of valuable storage space
● If you have just opened the package and the jello powder is still viable, you can pour it out into an air-tight, zip-lock bag and seal it.
When Jello powder is stored under ideal conditions, it can easily last for a few years. Some types of Jello may last for up to five years if stored in ideal conditions. This makes it ideal for people who are looking to store it for the medium term.
Even though Jello will last for years in ideal storage conditions, this is not always going to be the case. Sometimes, Jello will go bad and it’s useful to know when it should be thrown out. If you notice any or all of the following signs, your Jello may be bad and need to be replaced:
● It smells bad
● It looks like mold is growing in it
● The jello powder has become discolored
● The powder is clumping together
If you’re not entirely sure, you can taste a small part of the powder with a spoon. It isn’t likely to make you sick but you’re better off throwing it out if there is any doubt.