That Basically Never Expire
Because the canning process locks out oxygen, most canned food will stay fresh long past the expiration date printed on the can.
1. Canned Food
Even when honey changes color or crystallizes, it’s still good—as long as the container is sealed.
Sugar can harden over time, but it’s still safe to eat if you don’t mind the texture.
Distilled liquors like tequila, vodka, gin, whiskey, and rum last indefinitely, even after they’ve been opened.
Pure vanilla extract is mostly alcohol, so a bottle of the stuff will stay fresh for years as long as it’s been properly sealed after use.
7. Vanilla Extract
Inside an airtight food storage container, all varieties of uncooked white rice will last forever—just keep it safe from pantry pests.
9. White Rice
Another dried grain with a long shelf life, oats will last for years when stored in an airtight container (adding an oxygen absorber to the container will help keep it fresh even longer).
Although pasta manufacturers stamp an expiration date on the package, the truth is, an unopened package of dried pasta can last for years beyond that date.
11. Dried Pasta
As long as you keep it dry and well sealed after you’ve opened it, this low-moisture thickener should last for years.
As long as it’s sealed, an unopened package of powdered milk can last indefinitely. Adding an oxygen absorber to the storage container will keep it fresher longer.
14. Powdered Milk
It may lose some sweetness over time (and light corn syrup may turn yellow), but it will still be safe to eat.
15. Corn Syrup
It does lose flavor over time and may become less enjoyable to drink, but when stored properly and kept dry, it will never be unsafe to drink.
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