Buying in bulk is pocket-friendly, but what’s the use if this habit only results in wastage. A number of foods items do not have a very long shelf life and expire after a short period of time. Irrespective of how well you store them, they lose their nutritional value soon after. Expiry date mentioned on food items is a recommendation by manufacturers to explain that food might not be safe after a particular date.
Here’s a list of foods that do not expire and you can stock up to meet the needs in times of emergency.
- Vinegar:Is there anything apple cider vinegar can’t do? Besides having an incredible amount of health benefits, like helping with weight loss, and being a natural stomachache remedy,it can also stay in your pantry forever.
- Raw honey:Honey can be kept indefinitely and this food item does not have a shelf life at all. After some time it may crystallize but that does not affect the quality or its safety in any way. You can still continue to have honey. You can keep an open jar of crystallized honey in warm water to bring it back to what it was.Honey is often referred to as “God’s medicine” and has tons of health benefits—and it’s great for your hair.
- Cornstarch:Depending on how cornstarch is stored, it definitely deserves a spot on our immortal foods list. As long as it doesn’t get wet—which causes the starch molecules to bond with hydrogen molecules—and is kept in a dry, cool place, you won’t need to pick up another container of cornstarch for a long, long time.
- Salt:Table salt, sea salt or kosher salt will continue to be safe for years and years.
- Instant coffee:Keep it in the deep freeze and instant coffee will last for years and years, sealed or not.
- Pure vanilla extract:Since pure vanilla extract contains alcohol, it helps prolong its shelf life. It’s important that it’s pure vanilla extract, though. Imitation vanilla extract doesn’t have as much alcohol as its pure counterpart does.
- Sugar:Keeping sugar fresh is not the challenge; the challenge is keeping it from turning hard. Sugar doesn’t spoil because it does not support bacterial growth. All you need to do is keep it in an airtight container safe from bugs and moisture.
- Uncooked white rice:Brown rice may spoil but white rice would not. Keep it in a bag or a box and store it. Even if you take it out after months, it will still be good enough to use. White, wild, arborio, jasmine and basmati rice are safe from damage as long as you keep it an airtight container and away from bugs.
- Pure maple syrup:If you typically buy the fake stuff at the store, you might want to reconsider. Unopened maple syrup will keep indefinitely, however, if you open it, you will need to refrigerate it.
- Powdered milk:Powdered milk that is processed according to all the appropriate health standards can be stored for a long time without losing its nutritional value — just as long as it’s stored in an airtight container.
- Soy sauce:Soy sauce is another food that you never have to worry about expiring. Now, when you pull that super old bottle of it out of your fridge you don’t have to be grossed out. Next, read about these items you never knew had expiration dates.
- Dried kidney beans:Dried beans are said to have an indefinite shelf life. Store them for two years in a row and they won’t lose their nutritional value at all. The beans may take some time to soften and may not soften completely but they won’t lose their nutritional value.
- Strong alcoholic drinks:Older wine tastes better but, only if it is sealed.But if you opened a bottle of magnum rum and couldn’t finish it, there is nothing to worry about. If kept in a cool and dark place, you can store your liquor for years. It may lose its aroma but only to some extent.