Foods That Don’t Go Bad

Foods That Dont Go Bad

When you visit your local supermarket, the expiration dates of food you shop for are probably among the details you check out first. For any person who loves cooking, ensuring that every ingredient used is fresh is one of the top priorities.

Not only would fresh ingredients make your cooking taste better; knowing that your food has fresh ingredients would give you peace of mind that the food you cook would not result in anyone being sick.

No matter how hard we try to consume the food we purchase before they go bad, there are certain times that we inevitably forget about their expiration dates that we would not have any other choice left but resort to the regrettable task of throwing them away.

Well, I’ve got good news for all home cooks who dread throwing away precious food and ingredients – some of the regular food items we usually stock at home don’t go bad or don’t expire.
Salt is one of the food ingredients that don’t go bad – but it has to be stored properly so that it would be protected from moisture, humidity, as well as extreme heat or coldness. Once moisture comes in contact with salt, it could ruin your salt’s consistency. Not that it would pose health dangers once consumed, it simply would be hard to use for cooking.

Another staple ingredient you can find in almost any kitchen is sugar. Sugar, when properly stored, can last forever. As we all know, sugar has a tendency to turn rock hard; so make sure to store it in an airtight container to preserve its texture. Keep the sugar away from extremely high temperatures, too.

While powdered milk from grocery stores normally have best by dates, they don’t actually go bad. Keep the powdered milk in a cool and dry place and store it in an airtight container, too.
Natural honey can last for centuries when the jar remains sealed and far from any factors that can affect its texture. Honey will stay edible even after a long time but its appearance may change, its shade may change, or its natural smell may subside.

White vinegar is a condiment that does not expire. Actually, white vinegar is being used to preserve and extend the shelf life of some other foods. Keep your white vinegar in a sealed bottle in a cool and dry storage place.

Another condiment with no expiration is Worcestershire sauce. Distilled vinegar is one of the main ingredients in creating Worcestershire sauce so it is easy to understand why it does not expire. Its consistency may change over time, though.

Just like Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce could last a lifetime. Soy sauce’s main ingredient is salt, and since salt does not expire, soy sauce acquired the same property.

There are many foods that you don’t necessarily have to throw away. With a little research, you can even save some cash because you don’t have to buy new ingredients when you still have old ones perfectly usable at home.

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Healthy Smoothies

Healthy Smoothies

Smoothies have been gaining popularity (for both fitness buffs or not) for many years now. Being a healthier, more nutritious snack choice, it’s easy to understand why lots of people choose to have smoothies for snack.

Due to the nutrients you could possibly gain from drinking smoothies, some people actually have smoothies after working out in order to replenish the energy they have lost.

Aside from being a healthier and convenient choice for busy people, smoothies quickly gained popularity because of the easy way you can make them at home.

There are a whole lot of choices when it comes to smoothies. While the most common ingredient for a usual smoothie is fruit, there are smoothies made from leafy green veggies. Since a smoothie made from green vegetables does not exactly taste good, some add fruits, fruit juices, yogurt, and even milk. Other common ingredients include nuts and beans.

However, while we may be resorting to this yummy treat as a substitute for a meal, many nutritionists warn that some smoothies have loads of sugar and could actually have a bad effect on our health.

Dieticians advise that fruit juices may contain high levels of sugar which can make you fatter instead of fitter. As a matter of fact, a single serving of 150ml smoothie could contain sugar that’s the same as the sugar content of a small cola. Experts recommend a smoothie which has the perfect ratio of all the nutritious elements to achieve the goal of a ‘healthy smoothie’.

So, what are the components of a real ‘healthy smoothie’?

According to experts, a perfectly healthy smoothie should be made up of 50 per cent base, 25 per cent veggies, and 25 per cent fruits.

A healthy base for a smoothie could be almond milk, coconut milk, coconut water, spring water, raw milk, or freshly squeezed juice. When it comes to fruits and vegetables, make sure to keep the pulp since it is a good source of fibre.

No matter how healthy your smoothie is, remember that nothing beats a full, balanced meal. It is ideal to have a maximum of just one serving of smoothie a day.

Bear in mind that there can be no replacement for actual healthy meals; not even healthy smoothies. A single glass of a healthy smoothie could help your body receive the nutrients only vegetables and fruits can give. Additionally, don’t forget to eat much needed meat – they can give you the protein your body needs.

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