Best before whenever you want
Most of the time, the sell-by date system in foods does not correspond to the date in which they are no longer suitable for consumption, but to the date of the product’s optimal quality.
This confuses many consumers and causes unnecessary concerns. In fact, there are products that never go bad, even if they have a sell-by date.
Here are some of them, so you do not have to throw away food in good condition again because a date says the opposite.
Honey remains in good condition indefinitely. It may change color or crystallize, but it will not affect the consumer’s health. We can just put the jar open in hot water and stir it until the crystals dissolve.
Never mind what type it is: white, wild, basmati, arborio or jasmine, rice remains in perfect condition for years. Now, the same does not apply to brown rice, due to its high-oil content. In any case, we recommend storing it in an airtight container to avoid any contact with insects.
Table, kosher or sea salt will remain in good condition over the years.
If we store it in a cool, dry place and in an airtight container, it will endure a loooooooong time. Now, if we do not store it properly, flour and bread or wholegrain food can cause the appearance of maggots.
Sugar never goes bad, since it prevents bacterial growth. We simply have to store it in an airtight container to prevent any insects or humidity from entering.
If you store distilled drinks in a cool place and away from direct sunlight, your minibar can be passed from generation to generation. They can slightly lose their aroma, but not as much for it to be noticeable.
If you are one of those people that have instant coffee for certain guests, store it in the freezer and it will remain in good condition forever.