If you’re afraid to pack the pantry with food that will go bad before you can use it, try stocking these items first:
Honey has been found in ancient Egyptian tombs. It was still edible thousands of years later. It keeps indefinitely as it is mostly sugar with some antibacterial compounds thrown in. If the honey was pasteurized and is not raw, it may change color and become crystallized but it will stay safe to eat. If your honey does become crystallized or harden, just place an open jar in warm water and stir until the crystals dissolve. Honey can be used in recipes in place of sweeteners and also as a decongestant.
Although tasty, salt isn’t a food it’s a mineral. Minerals are rocks and rocks can’t go bad.
It can be used to add flavor, or it can also be used to preserve other foods. If it gets wet, it makes bigger salt crystals, but it will not go bad.
Sugar will last indefinitely. This applies to any kind of sugar including white, or brown. The tendency with sugar however, is that it will absorb moisture and start becoming a solid piece. Place one slice of bread on the top of brown sugar to keep the sugar soft longer. If you are mixing the sugar with a liquid, it will dissolve any chunks. If you need to break up chunks, just give it a few bangs, or slightly warm it up and it’s back to its powdery form. Store sugar in #10 cans, or a 5 gallon bucket with a water tight lid and it will keep its form, no problem.
While the bag or container of rice might be a bit dusty, the rice inside is perfectly fine to eat, basically forever. This only applies to white rice. Brown rice has more oil and will spoil over time. Store the rice in an airtight container like a large plastic container, #10 can or 5 gallon bucket to keep bugs out. Bugs only thing that will make it inedible.
Cornstarch has a lot of uses. It can be used as a thickener for gravy’s and sauces, as a dry shampoo, a cleaner, a silver polisher, a stain remover. It is also a base which means with a little water, you could make a paste to soothe a sunburn, bug bites, or stings.
Distilled White Vinegar
Great grandma did know what she was doing after all. Vinegar will not go bad…Ever! You don’t have to wait for a sale,vinegar is usually very cheap, but pack the pantry when you can. Vinegar can be used in cooking, sauces, salad dressings, as a cleaner, it brightens dishes in the dishwasher, and can even be used as a fabric softener.
Pure Vanilla Extract
Pure, not imitation, pure vanilla extract will never go bad. Vanilla is used a lot in baking. Don’t be afraid of buying a large jar, even if it takes you years to use it that’s ok, it won’t expire.
Maple syrup is pretty much sugar, so if it does crystallize like honey put the container in hot water and it will liquefy again.
Soy sauce is extremely high in salt content which prevents bacteria from growing. Equal parts soy sauce and maple syrup make an amazing teriyaki glaze on salmon. It can also be used to flavor rice, meats, other fish and veggies.
Bouillon cubes are dehydrated broth and salt. I know, again with salt. Salt keeps bacteria from growing, so it will not go bad. Bullion can be used to flavor soup, game meats, and even oats and beans. What did you think made a veggie burger taste like a burger? Buy in bulk when it’s on sale.
If expiration dates are what is keeping you from buying in bulk, buy these first. Most are pretty cheap with lots of uses. Pick up a pound of salt at each grocery store visit and you’ll pack your pantry in no time.by