If you want to save money, you should stock up on these products

It’s no secret that it is better to buy products in bulk. It happens that you see some tempting promotion and buy three mountains of food. What a shame it is to part with them after the expiration date! Not savings, but some kind of sabotage. According to official data from Feeding America, Americans alone waste 60 million tons of food per year. Rest assured, we are not lagging behind them. However, this can be avoided if you focus on the shelf life of products.

And now is the time when you want to be prepared for anything. Looking at the rise in prices for essential products, it is hard to even think about supplies. However, not all products are suitable for this, and even canned food is not as simple as it seems at first glance. Below you will find a list in which the shelf life of products is 2 years, 5-10 years, and even centuries.

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Shelf life of products that you can safely stock up on

First of all, it must be emphasized that conditions are also important. For example, bulk products like cereals are best stored where it is dry. And if you manage to find a cool place, consider that your food safe is ready.

Unlimited shelf life of products: honey, salt, soda

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Let’s start with products that can be called timeless. If kept away from sunlight and moisture, honey, sugar, salt, and soda will last for decades. For example, honey found during excavations of ancient Egyptian tombs is still edible. Yes, it has crystallized, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be restored to its original appearance by heating it with a little water. It’s all about antibacterial properties.

Bacteria need moisture, without it, they cannot survive. Both salt and baking soda draw moisture from the environment. No wonder salt was used in ancient times to preserve meat and fish. And in honey, the concentration of acidity is so high that even the most tenacious bacteria cannot withstand it. If honey spoils, it is only on the surface when in contact with air. So you need to close it carefully and store it in a dark place.

The shelf life of products is from 10 to 30 years

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White polished rice ranks second after honey. Scientists from the American Brigham Young University have discovered an interesting fact. Cleaned parboiled rice can remain edible for up to 30 years, fully retaining its nutritional and taste properties. However brown rice does not last as long because it contains a small percentage of oils.

Granulated sugar can be stored for up to 10 years if it is packaged carefully. The main thing is to isolate it as much as possible from moisture, and therefore from contact with air. Vacuum packaging or opaque jars with an airtight lid work well.

Dry lentils have broken all records among cereals: when airtightly stored in a cool and dry place, they can last up to 30 years.

Not inferior to lentils are oat flakes, which even under non-ideal storage conditions can remain edible for a year and a half. And with ideal ones – up to 30 years.

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Dry beans can also last 30 years, but they are more capricious. You will need not only a dry and dark place, not only sealed packaging, but also air absorbers to ensure that it can be preserved. As well as the temperature range from 11 to 21 degrees. However, with such ideal storage conditions, most products will last as long as possible.

Dried split peas can be stored for up to 20 years. However, if stored normally in a package or plastic container, it may deteriorate within a year, so be careful. You need a completely sealed container and dry conditions.

Vinegar packaging usually states a shelf life of up to 2 years, but scientifically speaking, vinegar is extremely resistant to the passage of time. If left in a dark place in a glass container, it can be stored for decades. However, the container must be glass and unopened!

From 2 to 5 years

Many spices and dried herbs last anywhere from one to six years. Of course, if you bought them in plastic packaging, they must be untouched for storage. Once opened, the count goes on for months. However, even when opened, spices can last for a year. Nutmeg performed best, as it can be stored for up to 5 years without losing its properties. If you notice that the aroma has become weaker, just add a little more than what is indicated in the recipe.

Galette cookies can be stored in a dry place for up to 2 years. This is an excellent alternative to bread because biscuits are suitable both for making snacks and for making the base of pies. And as a snack, it has no equal in terms of shelf life.

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Dark chocolate can be stored in a cabinet for at least two years if its cocoa content exceeds 70%. The higher the cocoa concentration, the longer the chocolate “lives.” But two years is not the limit; some chocolate bars can be stored for more than 5 years.

It is recommended to store dried mushrooms for no more than 2 years, but under good conditions, they will last for 5. It does not matter what kind of mushrooms they are: champignons, honey mushrooms, or white mushrooms.

Powdered milk is stored much longer than fresh milk, from 2 to 5 years. And its taste properties do not differ in any way in baking and preparing desserts. In addition, it can be added to coffee and tea. It is better to store milk powder in a cool place where the temperature does not exceed 10 degrees.

Canned food has a different shelf life. For example, canned fish is stored the shortest, no more than a year. However, some manufacturers produce canned food with a shelf life of three years. Vegetable twists in a glass container will last no more than two to three years, and in an enamel tin – all 4 years. The record holder in this category was stewed meat. Canned meat (namely pork, lamb, or beef) can be stored for up to 5 years.

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The above products have stood the test of time and are great for stocking. Having seen the promotions in the store, you can safely take them for future use. But don’t forget that fresh vegetables, meat, and fish are a necessary part of the diet! Unfortunately, the nutrients in canned foods and dry rations are many times lower. Save our list and don’t forget to check the expiration dates of products.

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