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.