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Something's rotten in Fridgemark.
A near emtpy fridge and a growling stomach have driven many men (women, and children) to desperate measures. And though there are plenty of things you shouldn't eat after they've been sitting around a certain amount of time (pizza, sushi, meatloaf), there are foods with an infinite shelf life. Here's our Top 5 list of foods that don't spoil, rot, or expire.
Legend has it that if there were a nuclear apocalypse, only Twinkies and roaches would survive. Last year, we ate a 1987 Twinkie we found behind the hot dog counter at the corner store we were sweeping. Status: delicious.
4. Soy sauce
See the label on that soy sauce? It says, "Since 1645." We guarantee you that somewhere in the remote Japanese countryside, there is the skeleton of an ancient warrior with a sword in one hand and a glass container of soy sauce in the other, and you could dunk your dumpling in there and it'd still be good.
Refined, raw, and whole cane sugars.
public domain sugar
If kept dry, sugar will last forever. You know that big jar of it that your grandma hasn't been able to unscrew the top off of in 68 years? Still edible. That packet that's been at the bottom of your purse since eighth grade? Still good. That bag in the freezer your whole life? Still good.
Ghee is a type of clarified butter invented and used mostly in South Asian countries such as India and Bangladesh. It is made through boiling and stirring butter until the water has evaporated and all that's left are milk solids at the bottom and clarified butter at the top. The two are separated, and then the ghee gets jarred and sealed. When made correctly, it needs no refrigeration and lasts hundreds of years. It has been found -- still edible -- in tombs. Ghee is very popular around the world for daily cooking use.
From the dusty depths of King Tut's tomb, to a fallen Viking's knapsack, to an Oklahoma supermarket nobody has shopped at since the 1950s, honey, wherever you find it, does not spoil. It might crystallize over time, but just run the jar under some hot water and it'll magically go back to that sticky golden syrup. If ancient cave paintings are to be believed, humans have been hunting honey for as many as 10,000 years.
Top 5 Foods That Never Spoil, Rot, or Expire
December 8, 2009 | 8:19am|