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Post-Passover Preparedness: Helping Stock The Disaster Kit When Holiday Ends

April 13th, 2009 · No Comments

From the American Red Cross’ Oregon Trail chapter comes yet another creative and timely preparedness idea, via their Twitter feed, for those who have some leftovers when Passover ends Wednesday: “shelf-life of matzo is 2 yrs; gefilte fish = 4; canned soups = 3. Great items for a disaster kit!”.

Lise Harwin explains further on the chapter’s Cross Blog:

Last night’s attendance at a Passover seder got me thinking about “Kosher for Passover” foods and their long shelf life. Which, of course, got me thinking about them as supplies for a disaster kit. In fact, since we all know that a disaster can happen at any time, isn’t it possible that it could happen right in the middle of Passover? 

So I did a little research and discovered the following: While it varies from product to product, the shelf-life of matzo is 2 to 2-1/2 years (you can also get it gluten-free); gefilte fish is 4 years; and canned soups are 3 years. There’s no word on the life of the vacuum-packed (and delicious) macaroons, but I imagine it’s longer than a year. If you keep kosher or just want to add some variety to your kit, these Passover staples would be a good choice. Don’t forget the powdered wine!

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