Which foods last forever

Forever and ever: Durable food

vinegar

White wine vinegar is not perishable due to its high acid content. This does not apply to vinegar that contains an additive, such as dark balsamic vinegar. This contains grape must, which can ferment if stored for a long time.

sugar

Bacteria need water to multiply. If stored correctly, sugar does not contain water and therefore does not provide the bacteria with a livelihood. The bacteria that cause food to go bad don't stand a chance with sugar - it can't go bad.

Dried legumes

Like sugar, dried legumes such as lentils, beans or peas do not contain water. They can therefore be kept forever - despite the best-before date.

salt

If salt is stored in a dry place, it will retain its properties even after decades. Its preservative properties also make other foods durable, such as cured meat or pickled olives.

Rice, pasta, flour

Stiftung Warentest #link: http: //www.test.de/Mindesthaltbarkeit-Nicht-gleich-wegwerfen-1765646-1765675/: certifies # that dry products are "almost forever" and recommends that the best-before date be "generously exceeded". The water content is very low with a maximum of 13 percent. You only have to be careful with whole grain products. Since the grain is ground with the seedling and the products have a low fat content, they can taste rancid if stored for too long. But that's not dangerous.

The EU would like to completely abolish the best-before date for these foods. Because the best before date is only a guideline until when the food is guaranteed to be enjoyable without any loss of quality. However, it is often confused with the expiration date.

canned goods

In theory, canned food can be kept forever. However, their content changes color, texture and taste over time. The canned food is not yet harmful to health, but real enjoyment looks different.

honey

If stored correctly, honey can be kept forever. It must be well closed, cool and must not contain any foreign objects. Particularly important: the water content of honey should be around 18 percent, otherwise it can ferment. Honey that has been stored for a long time crystallizes and changes its color and consistency. That doesn't affect its quality.

Liquor

Who would have thought: The high alcohol content prevents schnapps from spoiling. The only question that remains is whether one actually counts it as a food.


vinegar

White wine vinegar is not perishable due to its high acid content. This does not apply to vinegar that contains an additive, such as dark balsamic vinegar. It contains grape must, which can ferment if stored for a long time.

sugar

In order to multiply, bacteria need water. If stored correctly, sugar does not contain water and therefore does not provide the bacteria with a livelihood. The bacteria that cause food to go bad don't stand a chance with sugar - it can't go bad.

Dried legumes

Like sugar, dried legumes such as lentils, beans or peas do not contain water. They can therefore be kept forever - despite the best-before date.

salt

If salt is stored in a dry place, it will retain its properties even after decades. Its preservative properties also make other foods durable, such as cured meat or pickled olives.

Rice, pasta, flour

Stiftung Warentest #link: http: //www.test.de/Mindesthaltbarkeit-Nicht-gleich-wegwerfen-1765646-1765675/: certifies # that dry products are "almost forever durable" and recommends that the best-before date be "generously exceeded". The water content is very low with a maximum of 13 percent. You only have to be careful with whole grain products. Since the grain is ground with the seedling and the products therefore have a low fat content, they can taste rancid if stored for too long. But that's not dangerous.

The EU would like to completely abolish the best before date for these foods. Because the best before date is only a guideline, up to when the food is guaranteed to be enjoyable without any loss of quality. However, it is often confused with the expiration date.

canned goods

In theory, canned food can be kept forever. However, their content changes color, texture and taste over time. The canned food is not yet harmful to health, but real enjoyment looks different.

honey

If stored correctly, honey can be kept forever. It must be well closed, cool and must not contain any foreign objects. Particularly important: the water content of honey should be around 18 percent, otherwise it can ferment. Honey that has been stored for a long time crystallizes and changes its color and consistency. That doesn't affect its quality.

Liquor

Who would have thought: The high alcohol content prevents schnapps from spoiling. The only question that remains is whether one actually counts it as a food.