The Top 10 Longest-Lasting Foods (Stock Up!)
A well-stocked pantry can be a lifesaver when the weather gets too cold for a last-minute grocery run. Start covering your bases with these 10 items—under proper storage, they'll keep their flavor and nutrition through the next polar vortex.
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When stored in a cool, dry place inside an airtight container, white rice can keep indefinitely. Just watch for bugs or other contaminants (and if you find any, toss the whole container). Brown rice won't keep for as long, and will look oily and give off a rancid odor if spoiled.
Honey has a low moisture content, which makes it extremely uninhabitable for bacteria — unless moisture is introduced to it, it will pretty much last forever. If it crystallizes over time, you can eat it as is, or heat the glass jar gently in a pot of simmering water just until it becomes liquid again.
Vinegar's high acidity extends the shelf lives of canned and pickled foods, so it makes sense that it's basically self-preserving. Stored in a cool, dark place, it'll last forever.
Like the foods previously listed, powdered milk will keep indefinitely under proper storage conditions (cool, dark and dry). Use it for desserts, baked goods and soups when you're in a pinch.