19 Healthy Foods That Last a Really Long Time

healthy foods that last a long time

When you’re looking to save money there few things that are worse than throwing away food because that means you’re essentially tossing your money straight into the trash can. Definitely not what we want to be doing! So how do we make the most of what we’re spending at the grocery store? Opt for foods that naturally last a long time! (Be sure to check out this handy chart that shows you when fruits and veggies are in season to save money all year round!)

19 Healthy Foods That Last a Really Long Time…

1. Potatoes

If you store potatoes at about 40 ºF and in the dark they can last up to four months.  The basement is an ideal place to store potatoes, just make sure you keep them away from apples and onions as both will emit a gas that will ripen and rot your potatoes.

2. Beans

Canned beans can last between two and three years while dried kidney beans can keep for several months at a time.

3. Parmesan Cheese

You don’t have to refrigerate parmesan cheese and it can last about ten months.  Most people don’t eat parmesan cheese by the handful, but it’s good to have on hand for pasta dishes or sprinkling on your vegetables.

4. Winter Squash Varieties

You can keep butternut squash, acorn squash and pumpkins for two to six months if kept in a dry, dark cabinet or basement.  Keep your squash in single layers so air can circulate and they’ll stay fresh.

5. Rice

You can keep almost all varieties of rice (white, wild, basmati, jasmine, abrorio) for two years or more.  Brown rice will keep just as long if you keep it in the refrigerator or freezer.  Once you open a bag or box of rice, make sure you store it in an airtight container.

6. Peanut Butter

You can keep peanut butter for about two years provided it is kept in a cool, dry place.  It may separate, but stir it well and enjoy!

7. Cabbage

Fresh cabbage tastes the best, but you can keep cabbage in your refrigerator as long as two months if you wrap it in plastic first.  Cabbage can be used in place of lettuce for salads or on a sandwich.

8. Apples

Store your apples in a plastic bag and then place the entire bag in the crisper drawer of your fridge.  Do not store any vegetables in the same drawer and you can enjoy your apples for a month or more before they start to spoil.  Eat the larger apples first, as they will spoil before the smaller apples.

9. Carrots

Put a paper towel inside a plastic bag with carrots and they’ll last several weeks without spoiling.  The paper towel will absorb the moisture carrots create, and help them stay fresh longer.

10. Onions

You can keep onions for a year in a dry area with a temperature of between 30 ºF and 50 ºF.  Some people recommend storing them in pantyhose hanging from your basement rafters for the best results.

11. Pasta

You can store dry pasta in a dry, cool cabinet for about 8 months without spoiling.  Look for whole wheat or vegetable pasta varieties for the highest nutritional content.

12. Nuts

When you buy nuts still in their shells, they will keep for as long as a year.  If you buy nuts that are packaged without their shells, they will keep for about four months.

13. Beets

Cut off any greens that are attached to your beets, place inside a perforated plastic bag and put the whole bag inside the vegetable crisper and your beets will last as long as four months.

14. V8 Juice

The shelf life of V8 juice is 18 months.  With juice from eight vegetables and two full servings of vegetables in each serving of V8 juice, these drinks pack a lot of nutrition in a small space.

15. Frozen fruits and vegetables

You can keep many things in the freezer for extended lengths of time, including fruits and vegetables.  They may not taste quite as great as they do when served fresh, but you can freeze your own fruits and vegetables to preserve them; or buy already frozen-in-bags from your grocery store.

16. Garlic

Store garlic bulbs at room temperature in dry conditions and they will last about four months.

17. Radishes

Cut the tops off the radishes and store them in the refrigerator or in a cool, moist area.  They will keep about one month.

18. Naval Oranges

Store your naval oranges in the crisper of your refrigerator with the peels on and they will last for up to two months.

19. Raisins

You can store raisins in your cabinet for about a year or they will keep indefinitely in your freezer.

 

What are your favorite long-lasting nutritious foods? Always looking to add to the list! 

 

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  1. Pieliekamais // December 2, 2013

    Oh, I didn’t know about the paper towel in the carrot bag.
    Canned tuna and crushed tomatoes are also on my list of nutritious foods that keep a long time.

  2. Jon@2-copper-coins.c // December 2, 2013

    We just discovered this about Parmesan cheese, but by accident. We found an old block of Parmesan cheese that was several weeks old but was still totally good. We used it on some pizza that evening. This is a great list and I know quite a few college students who I’m going to share it with, they are always looking for good bang for their buck, and if they can buy healthy food that is a bonus.

  3. Christa // December 3, 2013

    Great list! And love the tip about the paper towel in the carrots. That has always tripped me up in the past.

  4. Jeanette // December 5, 2013

    Something I love to do, is that when I am chopping my carrots, celery, and onion for soup is I always make some extra or finish off those veggies from that batch and freeze them. That way I always have some frozen soup veggies on hand .

  5. NZ Muse // January 15, 2014

    Darn those softer veggies and fruits! So tasty but so delicate. I adore potatoes though and am never without them in my pantry.

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