9 Foods That Last Forever. Some will surprise you.
Honey. Pure honey is as durable as it is delicious, it keeps safe indefinitely. It may change it’s color or crystallize over time, but that won’t make it unsafe. How to keep it fresh: Store in a cool area and keep the lid tightly closed. You could de-crystallize honey by placing the opened jar in warm water and stirring until the granules dissolve.
Salt. Whether it is the basic salt on your table or the more luxurious, kosher or sea salt. Salt is a flavor enhancer that never spoils or goes stale. How to keep it fresh: Just store in a cool, dry area, away from sunlight.
Rice. All the white rice varieties like wild, arborio, jasmine and basmati rice, will have an indefinite shelf life, when kept free from contaminants. The only exception is brown rice. Due to its higher oil content, it won’t keep nearly as long. How to keep it fresh: Store in a dry, cool area in an air-tight container, and don’t forget to toss a few pest -safe pills, to keep tiny insects away.
Cornstarch. No sauce, gravy or pudding will have its slow, lazy consistency without cornstarch. It will keep almost indefinitely if its kept dry and free from contaminates. How to keep fresh: Store in a cool dry area and pack it tight after each use.
Sugar. All types of sugar, white, brown or powdered never spoils because it doesn’t support bacterial growth. Though it might easily crystallize and become rock-hard. How to keep it fresh: Besides keeping it in a cool, dry place, also put it in an airtight container or seal it tightly in a heavy-duty plastic bag to prevent crystallizing.
Vinegar. Your marinades, salad dressings sauces won’t be the same without distilled white vinegar, but don’t worry, they are not meant to last for a long time. How to keep fresh: Best way to store vinegar is tight- capped bottle, placed in a cool, dark area.
Hard Liquor. Distilled spirits, like vodka, rum, whiskey, gin, and tequila won’t spoil, even after opening. The taste and aroma may fade gradually, but it will take ages before you notice. How to keep fresh: Store in a cool, dark area, away from direct heat or sunlight. Keep bottle tightly closed when not in use.
Pure Vanilla Extract. More expensive and highly precious than its imitation counterpart. But since pure vanilla extract keeps forever, so you will never have to waste a drop. How to keep it fresh: Preferably in a cool, dark cupboard and keep tightly closed when not in use.
Maple Syrup. All time favorite, pure maple syrup not only makes your pancakes or waffles special, it adds tremendous flavor to a whole range of dishes. And the cherry on the top is, that it keep forever in the freezer. How to keep it fresh: Refrigerate after opening. For long term storage, freeze maple syrup in an airtight plastic container.