Safe long shelf-life foods

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Safe long shelf-life foods

Post by Bram van Munster » Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:36 am

Long shelf-life foods

A lot can be said for the expiration dates on packages you buy, and they even appear on the foods mentioned below. However, they're only there because the law says "a date" has to be on there. I'd start stocking up! 8-)

Honey
Pure honey is as durable as it is delicious. It keeps safe indefinitely.
Over time it may crystallize or change color, but that won't make it unsafe.
To keep it fresh, just store it in a cool area and keep the lid on it (tightly closed).
You can de-crystallize honey by placing the opened jar in warm water and stirring until the granules dissolve.

Maple Syrup
An all time favorite, pure maple syrup not only makes your pancakes special, it adds tremendous flavor to a whole range of dishes.
The cherry on top is that it keeps forever in the freezer! Just refrigerate it after opening. For long term storage, freeze the maple syrup in airtight containers.

Cornstarch
No sauce, gravy and pudding will have its slow, lazy consistency without cornstarch. It will keep almost definitely if it's kept dry and free from contaminants. Store it in a cool, dark and dry area and (don't forget to) pack it tight after each use.

Salt
Whether it is the basic salt on your table or the more luxurious, kosher or sea salt, the flavor enhancement never spoils or goes stale. Just store it in a cool, dry area and away from sunlight.

Pure Vanilla Extract
More expensive and highly precious than its imitation counterpart. Since pure vanilla extract keeps forever, you'll never have to waste a drop. Preferably store it in a cool, dark cupboard and keep it tightly closed when you don't use it.

Rice
All the white rice varieties like wild, arborio, jasmine and basmati rice will have an indefinite shelf life when it is kept free from contaminants. Brown rice is a lot richer in oil content so it won't keep nearly as long. Store your white rice in a air tight container and toss a few pest-safe pills around to keep away those tiny insects. Do I need to clarify you don't mix insect repellent through the rice?

Sugar
Whether you have white, brown, or powdered sugar, it won't spoil. Sugar doesn't support bacterial growth! It might crystallize and become rock-hard, so keep it in a cool dry place, in an airtight container or seal it tightly in a heavy duty plastic bag to prevent crystallizing.



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