10 Foods with No Expiration Date That Always Stay Fresh

Eating expired food can be dangerous, but, there are foods with no expiration date which are safe to eat and never spoil after many years.

Check out this list of food products that keep indefinitely so you can enjoy them whenever.

Sugar

White, brown or even powdered sugar lasts for a long time especially if stored in an airtight container. Sugar doesn’t support bacterial growth, although you may have to soften it from time to time (with a marshmallow) as it tends to dry out easily.

Soy Sauce

Soy sauce can be used for 3 years even if the bottle has been opened. The shelf life of soy sauce varies based on its conditions – quality, storage temperature and how it was processed.

White Vinegar

Thanks to its high acidity, vinegar can last for a long time. But, it’s still best to store it properly in its original container and in a cool, dark place.

Dried Kidney Beans

According to Brigham Young University, storing dried kidney beans for a long time may result to a change in their visual appearance, but they can still be consumed. Dried kidney beans and other beans can last for about 30 years.

Powdered Milk

Milk spoils fast, but powdered milk can be kept for a long time while preserving its nutritional value provided that it’s properly stored.

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Salt

Salt is a mineral which is why it will always stay fresh. However, iodized salt lasts for only 1 year as the iodine vaporizes and the salt loses its useful quality.

Honey

Honey has a chemical composition (thanks to the bees that have special enzymes) that makes it impossible for bacteria to grow. It can last forever, especially if you buy one in a sealed jar as it won’t come into contact with air and water.

In fact, archaeologists discovered 2,000 to 3,000 year-old jars of honey in an Egyptian pyramid that were still perfectly edible. Moreover, the world’s oldest honey (5,500 years old) was found in Georgia.

Rice

Most rice keeps for years as long as they’re stored at 4.5°C or below in glass jars or plastic containers for food. Research shows that you can store rice for 30 years and keep its aroma and nutritional value intact. However, brown rice can go rancid faster as it contains natural oils.

Maple Syrup

An unopened bottle of maple syrup can last forever while an opened one can be used for several years if you store it in the fridge.

Strong Alcohol

Alcoholic drinks such as cognac, rum, vodka and whiskey have no expiration date. Although it’s essential to keep them in a cool dark place.