Foods That Stay Edible For So Long, You Might As Well Buy Them In Bulk

Anyone who has ever heard the phrase, “when in doubt, throw it out” will be able to relate to the pain of tossing what may have been perfectly edible food. Particularly for people who spend a lot of time away from home, knowing which foods last a long time can be a vital life hack. What many people don’t know is that some foods can last practically forever, and it isn’t because of GMOs. For example, foods naturally low in moisture like hard cheese and maple have their own way of surviving. Here’s a bit of background on how some long-lasting foods stay fresh for so long.

The Sweetest Thing About Honey

Two women happily taste honey at an outside vendor booth.
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According to the Smithsonian, honey has an ideal chemical structure that gives it an eternal shelf life. The key is its hydroscopic sugars, which is a fancy way of saying it has hardly any moisture. Without moisture, most bacteria can’t survive.

Additionally, when bees create honey they suck out the nectar and then regurgitate it into the honeycombs, releasing an enzyme that results in hydrogen peroxide. On top of that, honey is very acidic. Both characteristics prohibit the sweet substance from going bad.