Foods That Last Forever

imagesAlthough there are many foods that will last for decades when stored properly  (wheat, beans, pasta, etc.), there are some foods that last forever without  canning, freezing or dehydrating. If you’re new to food storage, these staples  are a great way to start. They are the longest lasting foods in the world and  are often referred to as “forever foods.” Next time you’re at the store grab  some of these foods, put them in the back of the pantry and forget about them.  If you ever need them, they’ll be ready to be eaten.

  • Corn starch. As long as it’s kept dry, corn starch can last  indefinitely, so stock up. It’s not only great for cooking, but can also be used  for other things like removing oil from the face and hair, soothing sunburns,  and diaper rashes. Be sure to reseal it after each use.
  • Corn syrup. The most common substitute for sugar in  America. You can use it for brownies, cookies or candy. Again, reseal after each  use and keep it in a cool, dry area.
  • Hard liquor. Distilled liquor never goes bad, even after  it’s been opened. And it’s not just a temporary escape, it’s also important for  disinfecting wounds and easing physical pain.
  • Hardtack. This is a mixture of flour and water forms a hard  cracker that keeps for decades. Soldiers carried it with them in the civil war.  It’s very hard and doesn’t taste great, but it will keep you going in an  emergency.
  • Honey. Archeologists discovered ancient honey in the  Egyptian pyramids and it was still edible! It crystallizes over time, but all  you have to do is warm it up and stir it to get it back to the right  consistency.
  • Salt. This stuff lasts forever, whether it’s sea salt or  ordinary table salt. Just make sure it’s not seasoned salt, which is only good  for a year.
  • Soy sauce. As long as it’s never opened, soy sauce also  lasts indefinitely. This is mainly due to the high sodium content.
  • Sugar. Brown, white and powdered sugar all lasts forever.  The problem with sugar is it hardens over time, but you can break up the chunks  by warming it up and stirring it, just like with honey.
  • Vanilla extract. Life fine wine, pure vanilla extract  actually improves with time because it’s a form of liqueur. It’s more expensive  than imitation vanilla, but well worth it. Just reseal it when you’re done.
  • White Rice. Every type of rice except for brown rice will  keep forever if you store it properly. Brown rice has a lot of oil so it goes  bad after several months, so just remember which one lasts and which one  doesn’t.
  • White vinegar – distilled. Like some other items on this  list, in addition to cooking white vinegar can be used for cleaning, polishing  and deodorizing. When you’re done with it, put it in a cool, dark  spot.

But don’t forget all the other foods that last a long time. You need a huge variety in your  food cache




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