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Best Shelf-Stable Cheese

Above, Bega Canned Cheese is a favorite of preppers in America.

How long does canned Bega cheese last?
FDA guidelines require that canned cheese are marked with a two-
year shelf life; however customers claim longer shelf lives if Bega
cheese stored in optimal conditions.

  • How to check for expiration dates of Australian canned
    cheeses: Flip your can over, check the bottom. Each can has a
    stamped expiration date and lot number on the bottom. The
    first stamp is the manufacture date, the second is the
    expiration date, and the third set of numbers is the lot number.

Cheese isn't something you will want to can at home. For your
safety, as with
canned butter, buy only commercially canned
cheese. If you're looking for shelf-stable cheese food storage, then
look to the canned cheese products on this page.

Happy endings...
Cheese is sure to you "say cheese" when you smile for the camera.
When something is "cheesy" you have a silly joke that makes you
smile, too. Can you imagine an off-grid life without cheese?
Thankfully there are plenty of shelf-stable cheese options for your
food storage.

Here is just a sample of the variety of freeze dried cheese:

Everything is better with cheese! Now you can enjoy cheese during
the next power outage or apocalypse. Now go ahead, smile and say
"cheese"!  Related prepping articles:

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Best Shelf-stable Cheese
Freeze dried cheese, canned cheese and shelf stable cheese

Emergency cheese, please!
Shelf stable cheese is sure to please. Once you discover shelf-
stable cheese you'll use it everyday and have it on hand for
emergencies to enhance potatoes, pastas, popcorn and more. You
can have gooey cheese even in an emergency.

Preppers love real freeze dried cheese in the pantry for pizza,
tacos, and home-style casseroles. They store cheese blend
powders for cooking and baking as well as Australian canned
cheese to serve with crackers or pilot bread in an emergency.
Below are the best emergency cheese options for preppers...

Best Shelf-stable Cheeses for Preppers!
Put shelf-stable cheese in your prepper's pantry with a variety of
freeze dried and cheese-blend cheeses. There's lots of variety
from the kid-favorite cheddar and white cheddar cheeses to colby
cheese, and even
shredded mozzarella, pictured right. or
Monterey Jack Cheese. The cheeses below are shelf-stable and
require no refrigeration. Once you open a container, you must
store under ideal conditions in a cool dark place.

Shelf-stable cheese options include:

#1: Cheese Blend powders.
Cheese blend powder is convenient to have in your prepper's
pantry for noodles, popcorn or potatoes. Once you start using
cheese blend powder, you'll be making the creamiest cheese
sauces, fondues and dips, the tastiest salad dressings,
casseroles, soups and spreads from cheese blend powder. The
kids will love it on popcorn and their mac and cheese. Try cheese
powder as a seasoning for French fries or as a cheese powder for
baking.  Cheese blend powders are addicting, easy to use and
they have a long-shelf life.

  • Chef's Banquet Macaroni & Cheese Bucket: Pictured right,
    Chef's Banquet Macaroni & Cheese Storage Bucket is a
    popular and easy solution for preppers who have kids. It
    includes pasta with cheese pouches that can last 20 years or
    more. The cheese and pasta are packaged in separate bulk
    Metalite pouches with oxygen absorbers inside the bucket to
    protect quality and ensure a long shelf life.

  • Augason Farms Cheese Blend Powder: A new classic with
    preppers is Augason Farms Cheese blend powder because it's
    a trusted brand that comes in a #10 can for long term food
    storage that you can use everyday. This shelf-stable cheese
    has a ten-year shelf life. Certified gluten-free, the kids will
    enjoy quick and easy mac and cheese, just like the kind you
    remember and loved as a kid, only much cheaper and longer
    lasting. Adults will savor the hot cheese dip too. Recipe's are
    on the can. In a crises situation, will your grocery store
    remain stocked with dairy products such as fresh eggs, milk,
    cheese and butter? Look to Augason Farms freeze dried and
    dehydrated foods.

    Cheese Blend Powder Recipe for Mac and Cheese:
  • Cook 3 cups macaroni noodles, drain, set aside
  • Combine in the warm pot:
    1/2 cup cheese blend powder
    1/4 cup butter powder (or a real butter)
    1 tablespoon water
    1/3 cup milk (liquid)

  • To mix a cheddar cheese sauce, mix 1/4 cup of butter or
    margarine, 1/4 cup of milk, 2 tbsp of Cheddar Cheese
    Powder. Heat to 180F and hold 5 minutes.

  • Hoosier Hill Farm Cheddar Cheese Powder. This white
    cheddar powder is filled with a deliciously cheesy taste that
    is perfect for flavoring snack foods like pretzels, chips and
    popcorn. White Cheddar Cheese powder is also delicious with
    baked potatoes, pastas and salads. In the cheese lovers
    size, Hoosier Hill Farm White Cheddar Powder comes in a
    recloseable plastic jar perfect for everyday use. No
    refrigeration needed, it's made in the USA without artificial
    colors or flavors. It's non-GMO and without tranfats. It's also
    a gluten-free product that's rBGH and RBST-free!

  • Judee's White Cheddar Cheese Powder.  You'll love
    Judee's White Cheddar Cheese Powder, which is made from
    real cheddar cheese. Sprinkle over popcorn, eggs, baked
    potatoes, steamed veggies and riced cauliflower dishes.
    Make cheesy sauces, soups and dips. Keto Friendly: 2 Tbsp
    has 4g carbs, 3g protein, 4g fat.

#2: Shelf-stable Parmesan Cheese.
Look for shelf-stable Parmesan in a plastic storage container and
not cardboard cylinders. Right is a massive 4.85-lbs container of
100% grated Parmesan Cheese by Kraft that has a relatively long
shelf life. For best quality, refrigerate after opening or in an SHTF
situation keep in a dark cool place. Kraft Parmesan is sure to add
great nutty and salty flavor to your favorite meals.

A classic of American cooking,
Kraft Parmesan Cheese is a good
shelf-stable cheese for the prepper's pantry and very easy to find
at the grocery stores in smaller sizes. The sharp and tangy flavor
of grated Parmesan complements your favorite recipes and
enhances your pastas, pizzas, seafood and salads. Like other
powdered and freeze cheese, it has powdered organic cellulose
(added to prevent caking) for long term storage.

#3: Freeze dried cheeses.
Freeze dried shredded cheese melts just like regular cheese once
re hydrated. It's good to have cheese always on hand in the
prepper's pantry. Freeze dried cheese doesn't require refrigeration
making it the perfect cheesy companion to your off-grid food
storage pastas and meats.

Why store freeze dried cheese?
While freeze dried cheeses are perfect for everyday cooking, they
are lightweight making them ideal for camping and backpacking
and meals in a jar recipes.

  • Economic emergencies. The best reason to store freeze
    dried cheese is for an economic crisis, such as job loss or the
    next great depression when you'll want cheese but can't
    necessarily afford it or you want to conserve your funds.

  • Food shortages. Dairy products are sometimes in short
    supply because of a pandemic or inclement weather when
    essential workers aren't able to transport milk from the dairy
    farms to the packaging manufacturers and distribution. In
    March 2020, Texas dairy farmers were forced to dump milk.  

  • Hurricane season. When the electricity goes off for 1-2
    weeks, you'll have cheese that doesn't need to be in the

  • Backpacking: Convenient and lightweight, you'll appreciate
    this cheese on the trail as a snack or to enhance your pasta.

Freeze Dried Cheeses Preppers Love:

  • Colby Cheese: Augason Farms Colby Cheese. Popular in the
    prepper's pantry is an Augason Farms #10 can of Freeze
    Dried Colby Cheese to top on rice and beans or your favorite
    ham recipe. When reconstituted, this delicious freeze dried
    food melts just like regular cheese, so you can enjoy it on all
    your favorite meals. With a shelf life up to 30 years based
    on storage conditions, you'll be glad to have this freeze dried
    cheese in your pantry. Snack this delicious cheese straight
    from the can!

  • Cheddar Cheese. Nutristore Freeze-Dried Cheddar Cheese.
    Use Nutristore shredded freeze dried cheese in all of your
    favorite recipes such as pizza, mac & cheese, nachos,
    lasagna, or quesadillas.  Preparation is relatively simple. To
    prepare Nutristore Freeze dried cheese, stir in 1/2 cup of cold
    water into 2 cups freeze dried cheese until the water is
    absorbed. For best results chill several hours before using.

  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese #10 can. Sample freeze dried
    cheese with Future Essentials freeze dried shredded cheese
    in a #2.5 can, which is about 10 ounces of cheese. Real
    cheese from cows in the United States, once reconstituted
    cheese will melt just like the fresh stuff.

  • Mozzarella Cheese #10 can. Nutristore Mozzarella Cheese,
    pictured at the top of the page, comes in a #10 can. You'll
    be a little shocked that the taste is so close to fresh-grated
    cheese! With simple ingredients, this cheese is made from
    low-moisture whole-milk mozzarella cheese (pasteurized
    milk, cheese cultures, salt & enzymes) and like other
    powdered and grated cheeses that you'll find at the grocery
    stores has powdered organic cellulose (added to prevent

  • Mozzarella Cheese #2.5 can.  Real dairy with an extremely
    long shelf life, Future Essentials Freeze Dried Mozzarella in a
    smaller #2.5 can is fun to try. Pictured right, snack on the
    contents or reconsitute with water. With simple ingredients,
    it's made of part skim milk, cheese cultures, salt enzymes
    and microcrystalline cellulose as an anti-caking agent.

  • Monterey Jack Cheese #2.5 Can. Add cheese right into
    recipes with no added water. Or rehydrate in a little warm
    water prior to use. Future Essentials Shredded Monterey Jack
    can be eaten out of the can as a snack with no rehydration
    needed. Vacuum sealed and packed with an oxygen abrosber
    and food grade dessicant pack, this freeze dried shredded
    cheese has a shelf life up to 25 years when stored properly.
    Directions on the can.

#4: Canned Cheese.
Cheese in a can? The people at Bega Cheese, have been making
cheese since 1899, and have found a way to put great tasting,
real cheddar cheese in a can that preppers love

  • Bega canned cheese. Bega canned cheese pictured at the
    bottom of the page in bulk, and right, has a natural cream
    color, medium cheddar flavor and pleasing texture. It's easy
    to cut, grate and slice and it's delicious. Bega canned cheese
    doesn't require refrigeration and has a shelf life of 24
    months or more. It's packaged for people who don't have
    refrigeration, like many outdoorsmen, survivalists and
    campers. Gourmet cheeses are aged in cellars for years to
    enhance their flavor; since this canned cheddar cheese is
    sealed in a sterile environment, there's no reason that it
    can't be stored and used indefinitely. Just keep it reasonably
    cool, protect it from freezing as with any other cheese, and
    safeguard the cans from outside moisture that could cause
    external rust-through.

  • WSU canned cheese. Washington State Univeristy Creamery
    Cougar Gold Sharp White Cheddar Cheese. Honestly, it's
    expensive but worth every penny. 85% of those who
    purchase this canned cheese give it a perfect 5-star rating.
    Made with four simple ingredients ―pasteurized milk,
    cultures, salt and enzymes, this is an award winning cheese!
    A portion of proceeds provides education support for
    Washington state University Food Science Students. This
    revenue is used to cover operational expenses such as
    equipment, raw materials, packaging supplies, university
    administrative fees, student wages, staff salaries and

    Try the other WSU canned cheese:
  • WSU Natural Vicking with hot peppers in can, pictured
    immediate right, is three pounds of canned Monterey
    Jack cheese. This is a gourmet, creamy, semi-soft
    cheese  you'll savor. This delicately flavored, soothing
    sensation, melts in your mouth and its characteristic
    tiny cracks and high moisture makes it the perfect
    cheese for any dish. Comes in the famous 30 oz can.

  • WSU Natural Cheddar Cheese in can. This traditional
    American-Style orange cheddar cheese aged for at least
    one year to develop its bold, sharp flavor and crumbly
    texture. Never bland, this full-bodied cheese is aged to
    perfection, the way cheddars were meant to be!

  • Kraft Processed Cheddar Cheese. is another shelf-stable
    cheese. Made from real cheese and an excellent source of
    calcium, Kraft Pasteurized Cheddar Cheese Product of the

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Augason Farms #10 can of Freeze Dired Colby Cheese
Nutristore Freeze-Dried Cheddar Cheese
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Future Essentials Monterey Jack Cheeze
Bega Cheese
Natural Vicking with hot peppers
WSU Natural Cheddar in can
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