A food storage container set that is airtight can make food last much, much longer than a container that isn’t airtight or food that’s left in an open container. For the sake of this article, we’re focusing on predominantly pantry foods but we’ll also include a few fridge favourites. A dynamic set of food storage containers makes all the difference. Here is how long you can reasonably expect these food staples to last.
Spice jars or spices in a plastic food storage set are used for things like salt, pepper, and a wide variety of spices. They are very dehydrated and can last up to 4 years. This is why you want to purchase a respectable amount of spices but not too much.
Coffee beans can last 3-5 months at room temperature in a dry food container. Be careful with clear canisters, however, as the light can compromise the taste of the bean. Always store them somewhere dark and sheltered.
Dried Split Peas
If you have dried split peas or dried split lentils, in your storage container set, expect them to last somewhere around 2-3 years at room temperature. They may even last longer than that in an airtight container.
Inside any of a 5-piece POP food storage container set with lid, dried pasta will pretty much last forever. There is no real expiration to dried pasta, although some quality can be lost over time. Consider unopened dry pasta to have its quality retained for about 1-2 years after it’s put in its container.
Dried rice is similar to dried pasta in the sense that it can last a very long time, although it loses quality gradually over time. If stored in a cool environment, dried rice in a food storage container will last 1-2 years before it starts to degrade in quality.
Peanuts, Almonds, And Other Nuts
A lot of people are always surprised to learn that nuts generally do not last very long even in an airtight storage container. Their freshness can generally maintain for up to 3 months. Nuts expire because of the high fat content in them.
Tea Leaves And Tea Bags
Tea leaves and tea bags are known to keep up quality for 6-12 months beyond their deemed expiration dates. Kept in an airtight kitchen storage container, you shouldn’t have any trouble hanging on to tea for a long time.
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