Food That Never (Or Almost Never) Expires

December 27, 2017

Don't you just love it when you have all the items you need when cooking? Luckily, there are quite a few items you will never have to worry about expiring, or expiring for a while.

With the list below, it might be a good idea to have some of these stocked in your pantry at all times.

1. Dried Beans

Except for pinto beans, every dried bean can last up to 30 years in your pantry without losing flavor or nutrition. Dried beans are one of the most inexpensive sources of protein. Plus, they offer great meal options such as chilis and soups.

2. Vinegar

Today, vinegar is known for more than just salad dressings; people are finding that vinegar has multiple uses. Vinegar can be used as a multipurpose cleaner, to kill ants, eliminate odors, and even erase pen marks.

3. Honey

According to the science behind honey, this sticky, delicious treat can last a lifetime. Honey naturally has very little water, which makes it difficult for microorganisms and bacteria to grow. Honey is also very acidic which makes the environment for bacteria very difficult to grow in. The only chance of honey expiring is if there is something else in it to cause it to go bad.


Similar to honey, sugar has very little water in its natural state, making it very difficult for organisms to grow. So if you've had that bag of sugar for three years and need to make some cookies, go for it! It will taste great! Be sure to store sugar in an airtight container to ensure an even longer shelf life.

5. Uncooked Rice

This easy meal can last indefinitely as long as its properly stored in an airtight container. Regardless if rice is kept in the pantry or the freezer, it will last forever as long as it's free from contamination. As for cooked white rice, it will last between four and six days in the refrigerator. If kept in the freezer, it can last up to six months. As for uncooked brown rice, it will only keep for three to six months at room temperature.

Here are a few more items that take a very long time to expire: almonds, olive oil, Ghee butter, chia seeds, hard liquor, salt, soy sauce, pure maple syrup, and powdered milk.

Next time you are at your local supermarket, make sure to pick up a few of these items! Do you know of any other items that will keep for a very long time? Share with us in the comment section below! In other news, check out America’s top 10 favorite grocery stores!

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