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    cocoa powder shelf life?

    Hi.
    I've done a bit of research into cocoa powder, but all I can find is the usual "about three years past it's use by date if left unopened".
    I was wondering if anyone knew how long cocoa powder can be stored if vacuum bagged with oxy absorbers? reason i ask is that it would seem even if SHTF never happens and climate change is only 1/3 as bad as they estimate, cocoa is pretty much going to be as rare as caviar in 20 years time. handy thing to have to barter i reckon.

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    I’ve found cocoa powder in the pantry that was over aa decade old, used it and found no problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Denton View Post
    I’ve found cocoa powder in the pantry that was over aa decade old, used it and found no problem.
    Cleaning out mom's cupboards a few years ago I found some from 2004 (lol) and it was fine.
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    I've never had cocoa powder go bad, even in an opened can, even many, many years old.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGreatSouthern View Post
    ... cocoa is pretty much going to be as rare as caviar in 20 years time. handy thing to have to barter i reckon.

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    Never thought about cocoa for barter.. not sure I'd want to give it up.

    Good old little tins of ground black pepper is my 'trade goods' ; no need to mess w/vacuum sealing, etc.
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    I'm relying on salt for barter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paulag1955 View Post
    I'm relying on salt for barter.
    We've got a LOT of salt stored; iodized for us & plain for preserving; none for trade/sale. Too critical.
    Might think now on cocoa as trade good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MountainGirl View Post
    We've got a LOT of salt stored; iodized for us & plain for preserving; none for trade/sale. Too critical.
    Might think now on cocoa as trade good.
    I have a lot stored, too, because it's so cheap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MountainGirl View Post
    Cleaning out mom's cupboards a few years ago I found some from 2004 (lol) and it was fine.
    Exceptional. So if it's good for 15+ years exposed to the air surely 20+ years vacuum sealed with oxy absorbers isn't out of the question. It's definitely going into the stockpile then and in quite large quantities while it's still cheap I think.

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    Keep oxygen moisture and bugs away from it you never know it may last 20 years. In another thread we talked about coffee both beans and ground that was missed in rotation that was fine after 20 years. Still have some of it left as we use it up and test it.
    I am sure that the Coca should have no sugar mixed with it.
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