Food Survival

These Non-Perishable Foods Can Outlive You

We all know that nothing in this world lives forever. Most food items are perishable, they attain a maximum point of freshness and then start to spoil as time passes. Though food spoils very fast, there are some non-perishable items that can last for a very long time.

These foods that seem to lack an expiration date still need to be well-stored to serve their extended lifetime. They should be stored in a dark, cool place free of moisture, away from direct sunlight and high temperatures. Though these non-perishable foods may experience changes in flavor and texture as time goes, they’re still safe for human consumption. Read on to see examples of foods that can outlive you.

Salt

Table salt, sea salt and any other type of salt have a very long shelf life. The salt can remain as fresh as the day you bought it for years and years. This is because salt is stable; it will not degrade or change in flavor. You may have noticed that there’s no expiration date on salt packages. However, the life of salt can be shortened by lumping of the crystals because of exposure to water. Also, addition of impurities like iodine may reduce the shelf life. To make your salt last for very long, keep in its original packaging away from heat and moisture.

Sugar

Indeed, it is easy to keep your sugar fresh, but hard to prevent it from changing into hard lumps. The texture of sugar can change easily as time passes, therefore the most effective way to keep it properly is to store it in its original packaging in a cool, dry place. However, if the package is opened, you can transfer the sugar into another container and seal it properly. Brown sugar can last way longer than white sugar.

Instant Coffee

It is very interesting to know that instant coffee can remain fresh for a very long time. Whole beans are said to last longer than ground coffee. The beans need to be kept in a tightly-sealed tin in the freezer. When you want coffee, you can take out a sufficient amount of beans you need for the day and ground some fresh coffee. In the end, your coffee beans will stay free of moisture and heat. The vacuum should stay sealed and away from humidity, moisture and high temperatures when dried through freezing to last for years and years.

Rice

White rice, wild rice, Arborio rice, jasmine rice and basmati rice have infinite shelf life. However, you should not that brown rice may not last as long because it has a higher oil content that makes it expire. White rice on the other hand, does not contain a lot of moisture. Keep your rice in a sealed container away from moisture and heat to keep bugs away from it. Moreover, you can freeze the dry grains in an oxygen-free freezer to preserve the taste.

Dried Pasta

The lifetime of pasta is dependent on several things such as the preparation mode, and storage method. Fresh pasta that is made at home or bought in the fridge section in the supermarket, tends to contain eggs. On the other hand, dried pasta contains no moisture and can stay for longer than the sell by date if it stays in its original container in a cool, dry place.

Hard Liquors

Liquors that possess high levels of alcohol like bourbon, scotch and vodka can last for many years. The key to maintaining the extended shelf-life of these spirits is to store the bottle in an upright position. This is due to the fact that if the cork stopper and the alcohol get into contact for a long time, the alcohol will eat away the material of the cork.

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