Whether you’re trying to feed your family and have limited freezer & fridge space, or are trying to figure out how long a certain bargain item will keep before you buy it in bulk, we’ve got your answers. Here is the definitive guide to foods and beverages that don’t spoil, and that you can store indefinitely when you find a great deal.
1. Sugar: As long as you keep it dry, sugar will last forever. Since humidity and other factors can contribute to wetness, store sugar in a sealed bag or in a jar with a lid that you can close tightly. Sugar runs the risk of hardening over time, which can be avoided via an airtight seal.
2. Honey: Honey is another food that lends itself to long-term storage. It won’t spoil, even when stored at room temperature. Keep honey sealed in a glass jar with a tight lid. You may find that it crystalizes or changes color as it matures. To revive congealed honey, simply submerge the sealed glass jar into warm water for a few minutes.
3. Alcohol: Hard liquors such as whiskey, gin, and rum will keep indefinitely, even after you’ve opened the bottle. The potency may fade over time, a factor which can be mitigated by sealing the bottle tightly and storing in a cool, dark place. Bottles stored in direct sunlight may have their flavors fade quickly. It’s important to note that some alcohols, such as wine, do spoil after they’ve been opened so be sure to check each type of alcohol individually.
4. Rice (except brown): Rice is another staple item that has an indefinite shelf life. Rice types that are safe to eat over time include white, basmati, and jasmine. Brown rice has a higher oil content and does eventually spoil. Keep rice in a cool, dry area and ensure it is sealed in an airtight container after it’s opened. To avoid rice weevils, consider briefly freezing your rice (for 48 hours) to kill any eggs and prevent them from hatching. This simple step will keep your grains pest free.
5. Salt: Whether you buy the refined white stuff in bulk from the nearest grocery store or find a great deal on Himalayan pink salt, this is an item that will never go bad. Feel free to stock up!
6. Cornstarch: Cornstarch is one of those occasional use items that you can keep forever, and will always been good when you need it to thicken a gravy or add to a baking project. The keys are to keep it dry, avoid mixing anything else in with it, and seal tightly between uses.
7. Pure Vanilla Extract: The key word here is pure; the same can’t be said for the imitation stuff. While the pure extracts are more expensive, they keep forever so feel free to splurge a bit and buy the good stuff. It’ll save you money in the long run!
8. Ghee: Ghee is a purified butter product that’s used in India and other Asian cultures for cooking. Ghee can be stored unrefrigerated and does not spoil. Always seal ghee after using.
There are a number of foods and beverages that will keep forever, provided you store them correctly. When in doubt, always go for an airtight seal. If any item you’ve stored for a long time looks or smells off, don’t eat it. Better safe than sorry!
Marty Reardon is a writer for Next Door Self Storage, a company that provides storage in Naperville. When he’s not writing or working, Marty likes photography and trying new vegan recipes.
Thanks Marty for the Post. Come back tomorrow for Let’s do it Together Thursday!