They say everything has an expiration date, but it turns out that certain foods will keep indefinitely.
Photo by Drew Coffman.
According to the below infographic -- which tells you when to toss everything from baking soda to car tires -- there are several pantry staples that will last pretty much forever, especially unopened:
- Soy Sauce (unopened): The salty sauce will keep in your pantry until the end of time but, according to Food & Wine, once it's opened you have about three years to work your way through the bottle. (I'm sure you'll manage.)
- Sugar: As long as you keep it in a cool, dry place (and away from ants), your sugar can hang out forever.
- Honey: Though it may crystallise, the sweet stuff is naturally antimicrobial, so it will never go bad. (If it does crystallise, don't worry; you can fix it with a hot water bath.)
- White Rice (unopened): Whole-grain, unprocessed rice will only last six months, but you can stock up on the white stuff in bulk.
- Vinegar: Though you should toss wine that starts to taste of vinegar, there's no reason to toss vinegar ever, even if it's opened.