Some foods can nearly last forever in your pantry/food storage!
Before tossing out old food from your pantry, check the list of “forever foods.” Some items just may have a VERY LONG (indefinite) shelf life.
You may be surprised how many of your kitchen staples have a shelf life of decades — even after they’ve been opened.
Check out this article for more information on each item.
- SALT (I mostly keep canning salt in my pantry)
- HONEY (recommended not to give to children under 1 year of age)
- MAPLE SYRUP
- CORN SYRUP
- RICE (white rice; not brown rice because it will go rancid)
- DISTILLED WHITE VINEGAR (can be used in many ways, but also as an all-purpose hard surface cleaner; combine 50/50 ratio in a spray bottle)
- PURE VANILLA EXTRACT
- HARD LIQUOR
I would add
- baking soda
- cream of tartar
Baking powder has a short shelf life, but these 2 ingredients can be combined to work as baking powder.
Baking Soda or Baking Powder?
- Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate.
- Baking powder is baking soda plus cream of tartar plus a starch (like corn starch).
- Baking powder can be used if you have no baking soda, but don’t use baking soda in place of baking powder in a recipe.
DIY Recipe for Baking Powder
1 tsp. baking powder = 1/4 tsp. baking soda + 1/2 tsp. cream tartar + 1/4 tsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. baking powder = 1/3 tsp. baking soda + 1/2 tsp. cream tartar (no cornstarch)
Only make just enough baking powder when you need it so that it will be fresh (active).