Imitation beef flavored bits, when reconstituted, have the taste and appearance of ground hamburger. There is a wide variety of uses such as chili, soups, and casseroles. Great for the vegetarian. The favorite family meat - although imitation - is a great tasting substitute! One of the few reasons you would want to include it in your emergency food storage. Shelf life estimates are based on industry studies from sources deemed reputable. Since Rainy Day Foods has no control over individual storage practices, they must disclaim any liability or warranty for particular results. Should be stored in cool dark place, optimum condition is 60 degrees or less, for longer storage. Storing properly in our enameled cans and Super pail buckets, product may store up to 10 years. Bulk products need to be repackaged for long term storage.