10 Healthy Foods That (Practically) Never Expire
While it's true that many shelf-stable foods are often loaded with preservatives (think condiments, lunch meats, and bags of chips), there are a number of good-for-you foods thatlast for a long time, too—au naturel.
"In general, the more processed a food, the higher its content of fat, salt, sugar, calories, and/or cholesterol and the lower its content of vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and fiber," says Elizabeth Somer, M.A., RD, and medical advisory board member for Persona Nutrition. "When shopping for healthier shelf-stable foods, try to choose minimally-processed products that contain whole grains, plain fruits and vegetables or frozen/canned versions packaged in their own juice, nuts, legumes, or frozen chicken or fish. Ignore the label claims and go straight to the nutrition information on the back."
We recommend stocking up on these long-lasting staples whenever it's convenient so they'll be on hand when you're ready to get cooking. Curious about the shelf life of more foods in your kitchen? Consult our comprehensive food storage guide.