We all know foods go bad after sometime but have you stopped to think that some foods have no expiration date? Here are seven foods that have found the fountain of eternal youth.
Honey is often referred to as “God’s medicine,” because of the loads of health benefits it has. Honey has actually been used in wound care in some cultures and studies for its ability to naturally resist bacteria.
The best part? It never expires! In fact, it’s not unusual for archaeologists to find thousand-year-old honeypots in ancient Egyptian tombs—these archaeologists found 3,000-year-old honey and it’s perfectly edible.
Its sugar, low moisture levels, excessive acidity, natural gluconic acid, and natural hydrogen peroxide are the keys to its longevity, but only if you store it correctly.
Uncooked white rice
Regardless of whether you store your uncooked white rice in the pantry, the refrigerator, or the freezer, you’ll never need to replace it. White, wild, Arborio, jasmine and basmati rice all have an indefinite shelf life, when kept free from contaminants.
The exception to this is brown rice and this is due to its higher oil content, which won’t keep nearly as long. However, if the rice is cooked and you plan on having it as leftovers for later, you might be susceptible to food poisoning.
Apple cider vinegar has an incredible amount of health benefits, like helping with weight loss, and being a natural stomachache remedy.
White vinegar, balsamic vinegar, raspberry vinegar, rice wine vinegar, and red wine vinegar also don’t have expiration dates. “Because of its acid nature, vinegar is self-preserving and does not need refrigeration.
Depending on how cornstarch is stored, it may never go bad. As long as it doesn’t get wet—which causes the starch molecules to bond with hydrogen molecules—and is kept in a dry, cool place, you may use the one you have for a long time.
Salt is often used to protect foods from mold and bacteria so they’re preserved longer. This occurs as a result of osmosis—when water is drawn out of the food by the salt itself, thus creating an environment that is too dry for mold and bacteria to thrive. The worst thing that can happen is, it can get wet but not get spoiled.
Not to be confused with canned or fresh beans, dried beans have no expiration date, if they are stored in sealed or airtight packaging. However, older beans may take longer to cook which results in a rather time-consuming process.
Just like salt, sugar can also last forever if kept away from moisture and sources of heat. Granulated white sugar, white sugar cubes, raw sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar, sugar substitute, all last indefinitely. Even though their textures might change, sugar never completely expires.
Hard liquor has no expiration date only when it is stored in a cool place and left unopened. So no, you can’t open that bottle of Barcadi and drink it again years later. After it is first exposed to air, it might begin to lose its flavours and structure due to oxidation.
The alcohol can also be affected if it’s exposed to extreme weather conditions, intense light, or heat. This is in part due to the fact that temperature can break down a type of organic molecule called a terpene.