I officially clean out my pantry once per year, then and when I clean out the pantry, I donate all the nonperishable items to a local organization.
- At times, a local charity will leave a plastic bucket on my door & ask that all of us fill it with nonperishable goods, so, I am constantly giving away food because it’s the right thing to do especially if I won’t use the items immediately, then well, it has been 2 years since I cleaned out my pantry, but recently, I gained a single of those plastic bags which forced myself and others to pull some items out.
While I was finding canned goods to place into the bags, I came across a jar of honey that I had bought from a farmer’s market over 2 years ago. Of course, because it was a local vendor, there was no expiration date on the container. In fact, there was no label on the jar, so I wasn’t even sure what farm this honey came from! The honey still looked good, although I wasn’t sure if honey would expire after a while. So, after I packed the bucket for the charity, I did a quick search to determine the expiration date of honey. Turns out, as long as honey is stored respectfully it will never go terrible & is safe to use. However, over time, the honey will change colors or may crystallize but as long as it is in a clean air-tight glass container away from a heat source, then the honey could potentially last forever. This means that honey has no shelf life which is great to know. I would’ve hated it if I had to toss out the bottle that I found in my pantry.