13 Foods That Last Forever (Slideshow)

These pantry staples can last for years


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Honey molecules are what’s called hygroscopic, which means that they absorb water extremely well. Archaeologists have actually discovered honey in Egyptian tombs that was still edible! If stored away from humidity in a sealed container, it’ll last pretty much forever. 

Salt and Sugar

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Salt is a mineral and sugar are crystals, and neither go bad. They might clump up if exposed to moisture, but if properly stored they never spoil. 


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When stored in a sealed, airtight container, raw white rice can last up to 30 years. 

Dried Beans

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If kept in an airtight, dark container, dried beans will last forever. Old beans might not taste so great and will need extra soaking time before cooking, but they’ll certainly be edible. 

Corn Starch


Keep corn starch tightly sealed in a cool, dry place and it’ll last forever. 

Corn Syrup


Like honey and corn starch, corn syrup will also last indefinitely as long as it’s sealed. 

Peanut Butter

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No need to refrigerate peanut butter; the oils in it keep water at bay.

Maple Syrup

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As long as you keep it sealed, maple syrup, like honey, will never go bad. 

Cup Noodles

Cup Noodles containers are airtight and the noodles are bone-dry, a winning combination for food immortality. 

Powdered Milk

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As long as it’s kept in a cool, dry place, powdered milk will last indefinitely. 


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These rock-hard crackers were a major food for soldiers during the Civil War, and never went bad because they’re basically moisture-free. They were flavor-free too, but at least they keep you from starving!

Dried Corn

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Dried corn is completely moisture-free, so it’ll stay good for years as long as it’s kept in a dry place. 

Canned Foods

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Canning food is one of the major methods pf preservation, and it’s true that once something is canned, it’ll be a very, very long time before it goes bad. Up to 30 years in most cases!