Foods That Surprisingly Never Expire

It’s handy to have a well-stocked pantry, but when you’re buying ahead, you want the stuff that’s going to last. While staples like dried pasta have a relatively long shelf life of a few years, what are the foods that last almost forever, or close to it?

Honey is one of the few foods that not only doesn’t expire, but it also doesn’t deteriorate in quality. Give it 20 years, 50 years, or 100 years, and it’ll still taste the same way it did when you bottled it up. Don’t believe it? National Geographic reported that archaeologists found 3,000-year-old pots of perfectly edible honey when unearthing Egyptian tombs. And yes, even that funky-looking crystallized honey is perfectly safe to eat, just soak the bottle in some warm water first and the crystals will disappear.

What makes honey different from just about every other food? For starters, it has a very low water content. Microbial growth requires water, which is why fresh fruits and vegetables expire so quickly. Combine that with honey’s low pH, and you’ve got an environment where its nearly impossible for bacteria to grow. Finally, add in honey’s antibacterial properties and the presence of hydrogen peroxide, and you have a product with an eternal shelf life.

Watch the video to learn about more foods that surprisingly never expire!

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Honey | 0:17
Salt… unless it’s iodized | 1:18
Instant coffee | 2:14
Liquor | 3:35
Non-fat powdered milk | 4:40
Virgin coconut oil | 5:18
Soy sauce | 6:05
Loose popcorn kernels | 6:54
Dried beans | 7:47
Vinegar | 9:15
Whole grains | 10:18
Spam | 11:30

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