10+ Foods That Can Last for Years If You Store Them the Right Way

Nothing good comes from wasting food, so it’s important to keep the food you have last as long as possible. Sometimes, all it takes is knowing how to store them properly. And it can oftentimes lead to something delicious — after all, sushi was invented as a way to keep fish edible for longer.

1. Berries: Wash and freeze them.

  • Berries can add flavor to a lot of dishes and can make a great smoothie in a pinch, but they don’t last too long. One exception is frozen berries which can last around one year.
  • When freezing berries, they should be cleaned in cool water and dried to avoid spoilage. Place them in plastic bags before putting them in the freezer.

2. Vegetables: Pickle them.

  • Freezing isn’t the only way to preserve vegetables; pickling them is also a classic away to keep your food lasting longer than it would naturally. All kinds of vegetables can be pickled, most famously cucumbers, which are simply known as “pickles” that generally last around 2 years.
  • However, no 2 vegetables are alike; pickled tomatoes can last up to a month.
  • Just keep the veggies in a mixture of vinegar, water, and salt (and sometimes sugar for taste).

3. Carrots: Make them into chips.

  • Carrots are a vegetable many people like to keep on hand for cooking, but there is a way to make them last longer. Cut carrots and dry them into chips. Once dehydrated, they can last up to 25 years.