It’s not often you can get away with forgetting about an item in your pantry or refrigerator without it spoiling. So, if you tend to purchase and forget as I do, you can rely on these items that almost never go bad.
Make a mental note that these items either won’t ever expire, or have a shelf-life of more than 10 years (when sealed in airtight containers).
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1. Vitamins are still 90% effective after two years.
Although multivitamins potency is reduced after two years, they still retain about 90% of their daily value! Something to keep in mind when making your next vitamin purchase.
2. Honey has been around for centuries and can last just as long.
Just warm the honey up if it starts to crystallize.
3. Soy sauce won’t go bad if kept properly.
This condiment’s shelf life is indefinite if stored properly. Even after opening, soy sauce will keep in the fridge for more than three years.
4. Bottled water will outlast anything in your cupboard.
Even if its appearance or taste changes, the FDA claims bottled water is still safe to drink.
5. Pure maple syrup lasts the longest when kept cold.
Unopened maple syrup can last a very long time in cool, dry places. Pure maple syrup can last indefinitely in the freezer, and more than a year once opened and refrigerated.
6. Baking soda can be used for cleaning, even after losing its potency.
Baking soda may lose its potency over time for baking, but it’ll always work as a household cleaner. Its unopened shelf life is two years for baking purposes, and it lasts six months once opened. The good thing is baking soda is relatively inexpensive, so we can bake and clean away!
7. Sugar won’t go bad, but it can harden with time.
As long as you keep sugar away from water, it won’t go bad. With time the texture will change, and become a little stiff. To soften brown sugar, try breaking it apart or applying light heat. Store sugars in airtight containers and drop a few marshmallows in to keep it from clumping.
8. Vodka and other hard liquors don’t have a shelf life.
Most hard liquors, tequila, and whiskey, for example, have an indefinite shelf life. However, manufacturers recommend you use them within a year or two of opening for the best quality.
Not cream liqueur though! Bailey’s and other Irish Creams have a two-year guarantee but should be taste-tested before served. To keep the nice crisp taste of cream liqueur, keep them chilled in the refrigerator.
9. Ground coffee beans may go bad, but instant coffee won’t.
When sealed tightly and put in the freezer, instant coffee can last up to 20 years. Coffee beans last up to nine months, and ground coffee beans can last no more than a few months past their expiration date before they lose their flavor. Save on beans, grounds, and coffee delights.
10. Milk powder is your non perishable dairy workaround.
According to the USDA, milk powder can be stored indefinitely and you can use it in baking, or in your bread maker. Unfortunately, oat milk and almond milk can expire, and our favorite dairy products like milk, butter, and yogurt do go bad.
11. Tea will never go to waste.
Tea keeps when stored properly in dark, cool, sealed conditions. If you’re drinking tea for its health benefits, like green tea, it’s recommended you drink it within six months.
It’s nice to note that loose-leaf teas have a greater chance of retaining their flavor over time than tea bags, due to the difference in leaf size.
12. Dried beans keep for more than three years.
When stored properly, dried beans can last more than three years, and are best eaten two to three years after drying. Once they pass that date, they may not be able to soften once soaked.
13. Hard grains can last more than 12 years.
Placed in airtight, sealed containers, buckwheat, dry corn, kamut, hard red wheat, soft white wheat, millet, durum wheat, and spelt have (at least) a 10-12 year shelf life.
14. Kept dry, brown and white rice can last more than a year.
Kept dry, brown and white rice can last more than a year. Put brown and white rice in airtight, sealed containers and they can last more than six months. Double that if you refrigerate them.
15. Balsamic vinegar and all other kinds of vinegar are always safe to use.
If the cap is sealed, all types of vinegar can be kept indefinitely, but when it comes to cooking, the acidic flavor may change over the years.
- Balsamic vinegar can last indefinitely, but it’s best to use it within three to four years.
- Apple cider vinegar is best used within five years of opening.
- Red and white wine is guaranteed two years, as is rice vinegar.
- White vinegar, on the other hand, can always be used for cooking or cleaning.
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16. High-quality wine and spirits get better as they age.
Aging is usually a red wine game, but some Chardonnays can last two to seven years depending on the quality. Today, all cheaper wines are made to be immediately opened, so make sure to drink them within two to three years, and buy them with a coupon to save even more.
As for champagne, expensive bottles can last five to ten years, while non-vintage bottles last three to four years. Once opened, champagne goes bad after two to four days.
17. Spices and seasonings don’t spoil.
Seasonings and their spices don’t go bad, they just won’t flavor your food as well. I make it a rule to replace my whole spices every four years, ground spices every three to four years, and leafy herbs every one to two years.
Salt, on the other hand, can last indefinitely. But make sure to look for the non-iodized variety, or it’ll only last for more than five years.
18. Cornstarch is always safe to use if kept dry.
Cornstarch is safe to use indefinitely if you keep it dry in a dark place, preferably a pantry. Make sure to always seal the lid and it should keep.
19. Bouillon cubes keep forever in airtight containers.
A great substitute when making broths and soups, Bouillon cubes can keep for more than two years once opened. Store them in an airtight container in your fridge and they can keep for another 18 months. Unopened or frozen they could last for more than a decade, but by then you might find the flavor lacking!
20. Vanilla extract must be pure to last indefinitely.
Vanilla extract has to be pure for it to last indefinitely. You will only get two to four years out of the imitation versions.
21. Ghee is the go-to non perishable cooking oil.
Olive oil and coconut oil may both be perishables, but ghee, known as clarified butter, can be used indefinitely as cooking oil.
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