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There are foods that can be stored and kept in optimal conditions for years

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One of the ways to save money is to buy products in bulk, many of these foods can be kept in optimal conditions for many months and even years yes we store properly.

Beans, lentils, and other legumes

They should not be washed until the day they are going to be cooked.

Store in airtight containers in a cool, dark, and dry place.

Properly stored they can remain for more than a year in optimal conditions. The only change is that after that period they may need more cooking time.

Spices

Buy in small quantities and store in airtight containers in a cool, dark, and dry place.

Preferably buy the whole spices and grind just before using.

Spices are generally not spoiled, they just lose their intensity of taste and smell.

Whole you can keep them perfectly for two years.

Seeds

Before storing your seeds you must verify that they are dry.

Store them in airtight containers in a cool, dark and dry place.

A less common option, but also valid is to save them in the fridge.

Some examples of optimal storage time:

Ground flaxseed: whole, at least 1 year at room temperature; ground, at least 90 days in the refrigerator.

Pumpkin seeds: raw, 4-6 months in the refrigerator

Sunflower seeds: raw, 1 year at room temperature; roasted, 4 months at room temperature and 8 months in the refrigerator.

Pantry, 1 year; refrigerator, 2 years

Flours

White flour

Store in an opaque, airtight container in a cool, dry, dark place and will stay in good condition for up to a year.

If you want to keep it for up to 2 years you can store it in the refrigerator and even freeze it in an airtight container. Before using it you should bring it to room temperature.

Whole flour

Whole wheat flour requires more care than white flour. Once the packaging is opened, store it in an opaque and moisture-proof hermetic container in the refrigerator, it will preserve in optimal conditions for 6 to 8 months; in the freezer for 2 years.

Old whole wheat flour can go rancid.

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