Coronavirus: 9 Healthy Non-Perishable Foods to Stock Up On

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8. Jerky 

Jerky is actually made by curing meat in a highly salted solution, then dehydrating it. Depending on what meat preservation process is used, preservatives, flavorings and other additives can also be used. Many types of jerky are available on the market, including beef, salmon, chicken, and buffalo.

If you’re a vegetarian, you can opt for plant-based jerky alternatives made from coconut, banana, and jackfruit. That being said, you should keep in mind that these options are not nutritionally equivalent to meat-based jerkies.

Commercial jerky can be safely put in a pantry for up to one year, though the USDA recommends that homemade jerky be stored at room temperature for a maximum of two months. Any type of jerky can be consumed and enjoyed in moderation, but the healthiest alternatives are those that aren’t packed with added sugar, artificial flavors, or preservatives.

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