When stored properly, these everyday items will last for years — sometimes decades — even after they’ve been opened. And they’ll lose very little, if any, of their original quality as time passes.
According to Natalie Stephens, RD at the Ohio State University “Even though there are expiration dates on some packages, many can be safely consumed beyond that date,”.
If you want to stock up your kitchen with long-term options, consider loading up on these six foods that never expire.
White, wild, arborio, jasmine and basmati rice all have an indefinite shelf life, when kept free from contaminants. The exception: brown rice. Thanks to its higher oil content, it won’t keep nearly as long.
Keep it fresh: Store in a cool, dry area. Once opened, place rice in a sealed airtight container or place original package in a resealable heavy-duty freezer bag. For added protection, store rice in the refrigerator or freezer.
Pure honey is as durable as it is delicious; it keeps safe indefinitely. Honey may change colour or crystallize over time, but that won’t make it unsafe.
Keep it fresh: Store in a cool area and keep tightly closed. Revive crystallized honey by placing the opened jar in warm water and stirring until dissolved.
This type of clarified butter, if stored in the proper cool, dark place, can last as long as your heart desires. Unlike regular butter that needs to be refrigerated, ghee butter just contains milk solids at the bottom and clarified butter at the top, making it a long-lasting food choice.
From the basic table variety to fancier versions like kosher and sea, salt is a flavor enhancer that never spoils or goes stale.
Keep it fresh: Store in cool, dry area.
5. VANILLA EXTRACT:
Yes, it’s more expensive than its imitation counterpart. But pure vanilla extract keeps forever, so you’ll never have to waste a drop.
Keep it fresh: Store in cool, dark cupboard and keep tightly closed when not in use.
6. WHITE VINGEGAR:
A reliable standby in everything from marinades to salad dressings, distilled white vinegar will remain virtually unchanged as the years pass by.
Keep it fresh: Store vinegar a cool, dark area and keep tightly capped after each use.