Nine foods that could outlast you
Honey may get grainy or change color, but it’s still delicious and safe to eat.
Most weeks, you do a big shopping list and head into the store ready to buy loads of fresh food to make meals for your family. We often do not give a thought to stuff sitting in the kitchen cupboard where we discard anything that has been there longer than we can remember.
But Janice Revell said: “Look in your pantry and your cabinet and check if the items really need to go. You will be surprised by what you do not really need to throw.”
So before you lay out the sugar years or replace the bottle of vanilla that was gathering dust, check out this list of “food forever.” You might be surprised how many of your staple foods have a shelf life of several decades – even after being opened.
No matter if your blood sugar is white, brown, or powdered, it will never spoil, because it does not support bacterial growth.
The challenge is to prevent sugar from hardening into pieces. To keep sugar fresh, store it in an airtight container or plastic bag. If your blood sugar is more like a brown rock, you can revive it with just one minute in the microwave at low temperature.
2. Pure vanilla extract
If you have pure vanilla extract to the back of the cupboard, it is not necessary to discard because it lasts forever. It may be more expensive than its counterpart imitation, but his life certainly outweighs the extra costs.
Keep this in vanilla flavor at its best sealing the botttle after each use and store in a cool, dark place.
White, wild, jasmine, arborio and basmati rice to keep them all forever, so there is no need to discard. Brown rice is the only exception because it has a higher content of oil for storage in the refrigerator or freezer to maximize its lifespan. Once you’ve opened a bag or box of rice, move it in an airtight container or resealable freezer bag to maintain freshness.
4. Corn starch
You can thicken gravies and sauces for years with one box of cornstarch because it keeps indefinitely. Store this staple of cuisine in a cool, dry place and be sure to reseal after each use.
Whether you use it in your tea, on your toast or as a sweetener substitute, this jar of pure honey is good forever. It can get grainy or change the color, but it’s always good to eat – and delicious – because its antibiotic properties prevent it from spoiling.
You can help keep it fresh by storing them in a cool, and you can improve the quality of crystallized honey by placing the pot in hot water and stir until crumbly dissolve the parties.
The content of the salt will never spoil, regardless of whether it is the basic table salt or sea salt. Simply store in a cool, dry and salt will keep indefinitely.
7. Corn syrup
If you come across a bottle of aged corn syrup in your pantry, do not discard. The sweetener keeps indefinitely as long as you keep it sealed and store in a cool, dry place.
8. Maple syrup
What good pancakes or waffles without maple syrup? Fortunately, this flavored syrup will never spoil if you refrigerate or freeze. For long term storage, seal it in an airtight plastic container and freeze.
“The freezer is a useful tool that can really save you money because there are very few foods that do not freeze well,” says Janice Revell.
9. White distilled vinegar
This miracle product can be used for everything from marinades and vinaigrettes to clean the house and do laundry. But the best thing about distilled white vinegar is that it lasts for years. Just close it tightly after each use and store the bottle in a cool, dark place.