There are several foods that magically stay edible years after their production. For them, age is just a number –but only if they are carefully stored. It seems that their only weakness is air, specifically moist air. So let’s find out what can be older than your Grandma but still delicious and not deadly.
This immortal superfood is the oldest food ever to be found and still edible. Numerous sealed jars of honey were found in Egyptian pyramids. When scientists opened it, it looked as if it was made just two days ago. How incredible is this?
No matter what kind of sugar it is, if stored properly, you will be able to use it to sweeten your grandson’s coffee. The only problem you may encounter is crystallization, but you can solve that with some brute force, using a kitchen hammer and a chisel. It works like a charm. Oh, and your grandson might get hyperactive. A hammer and a chisel won’t help you with that.
Since this ingredient is so expensive, lasting forever is the least it can do. I expect no less. Every time my fiancée buys it to make a cake, it physically hurts me. Fortunately, all the pain goes away when I stuff my face with a cake. It works for emotional pain, too.
Every type of rice (except brown rice) can practically last forever if stored in proper containers. The main issues with preserving rice are bugs that would love to get a hold of your rice and contaminate it. Prevent this by keeping rice in an airtight container in a cold and dark place (a refrigerator is an option).
Cornstarch is not exactly an ingredient I like to have in my meals, so I rarely use it. It’s usually when I am too lazy to thicken my sauce naturally. That’s why I’ve had the same cornstarch for years. Luckily for me, it will never go bad, and I will be able to use it for several years without having to throw it away.
I bought corn syrup only once in my life, just to try how it tastes. Now it sits on a shelf, almost full, desperately wanting to be used. Unfortunately for it, I’m not a fan, but I hate throwing food away. I guess I’ll just make it a part of my family heritage and pass it on to my descendants, as it seems that corn syrup can last forever.
Now we’re talking. That’s my kind of syrup. Maple syrup is not that popular in my parts of the world (Central Europe), but thanks to the global economy, I discovered it around the same time I discovered American pancakes. One can’t go without the other, I’m told. If refrigerated, maple syrup can have a very long life expectancy –but not in my house. It’s too tasty for its own good.
Salt is used as a preserver for other food, so its longevity should not come as a surprise. Salt is an irreplaceable ingredient in the kitchen, but let’s face it, on its own, it tastes horrible. It’s no wonder microorganisms won’t come near it.
Due to its high sodium level (read:it’s ridiculously salty), soy sauce can last forever. It might not taste great after a while, but it won’t kill you either. That’s all I’m asking.
Ghee is a remarkable south Asian invention that has many applications in cooking. It’s basically butter that is clarified to the point that all the liquid evaporates and you are left with solids. It doesn’t even need to be refrigerated!