13 Foods That Never Expire (Or Last A *Really* Long Time)

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As long as you store them properly, you won't have to worry about using these foods up before they expire. 


 The reason it is so resistant to spoilage is because it’s only made up of about 17% water, which is too low to accommodate most bacteria and fungi.


Both white and brown sugar can be used indefinitely if they are stored in an airtight container away from light and heat. 

White Rice

I mention white rice specifically, because brown rice will eventually go bad. But white rice, if stored properly in an airtight container, will stay good forever! 


It is extremely effective at dehydrating things, including bacteria, so properly stored salt will remain usable for years. 


Cornstarch is another powdery ingredient that will stay good indefinitely.  


According to the Vinegar Institute, the shelf life of most vinegars is virtually indefinite. The acidic nature of vinegar makes it self-preserving.

Pure Vanilla Extract

A bottle of pure vanilla extract will stay good pretty much indefinitely! Imitation vanilla also contains alcohol, but it also contains other ingredients that contribute to its shorter shelf life. 

Maple Syrup

You can store unopened maple syrup in your pantry indefinitely, but once it has been opened, it needs to be stored properly to stay usable. 

Soy Sauce

Soy sauce contains a high level of salt, which as we know is a great preservative. So if your soy sauce is properly sealed & stored in a dark cupboard, it will stay perfectly usable indefinitely. 


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