I learn something new everyday!:thumb:I love pepper so I have a lot stored. Most of what I eat, especially mashed potatos and tomatos I load with pepper so it's almost black. But don't forget that pepper is a stimulant and it will make you pee all night. That's one reason we eat supper early. LOL Don't believe me? Check out this website and many others about the health benefits of black pepper. http://www.mdidea.com/products/new/new06810.html
That would be great, if you have the time. I'm sure others would benefit as well.I have a VERY large jar of ground black pepper from Sam's Club, but I also recommend storing whole peppercorns (they don't lose flavor as fast.)
Other things - some dried, granulated garlic to use until you can get a patch growing (if, like me, you currently lack space for serious gardening.) Paprika, cumin, chili powder (awesome shelf life, even while in-use in the kitchen,) onion powder (not quite as vital, since freeze-dried is easy to use, and wild onions are easy to identify by odor - if your sense of smell is shot, have someone with a better sniffer make the call,) vanilla (the real stuff is SO much better, and if you have a local Mexican market, you might be able to get it by the gallon, at a decent price,) or vanilla beans, saffron if you use it, as you aren't likely to find any during an extended crisis, cocoa powder, cayenne pepper, a few large bottles or gallon jugs of your favorite hot sauce (they don't need a huge amount of preservatives, the vinegar and usually some of the spices qualify in that regard,) soy sauce, anise seed (yuck, but it has medicinal use also, and some like it in sausage,) citric powder (candy making, some canning, and other uses,) the list is endless.
Would you like me to go through my kitchen and storage, and make a better list, with some uses?
I can't really say for sure. It would not suprise me though. Don't know if it has a sprout retardant on it like they sometimes do potatos. Maybe forestbeekeeper knows?Will horseradish root that you get at the grocery store reproduce? I don't think I have seen it at the nurseries around here.
I'm a stay-home grandma who needs to do inventory and straightening up anyway. :thumb: Not sure how long it will last unopened, but vanilla beans are available in many stores, and "how to" is on the web.That would be great, if you have the time. I'm sure others would benefit as well.
I have a quart size bottle of mexican vanilla. It will usually last several years but crap starts to float in the bottom after the first year. I still use it, though, with no problems. Do you know how long it will last unopened?