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Forever foods: 10 cooking staples that can outlast you

By: Laura Moss on Dec. 8, 2010, 11:15 a.m.
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Forever foods

Could those foods you're getting ready to toss, still be good? Janice Revell, co-founder of, says "Look in your pantry and your cabinets and check whether the items really do need to go. You'll be shocked by what you really don't need to throw away."

So before you throw out that years-old sugar or replace that bottle of vanilla that's been gathering dust, consult our list of "forever foods." You may be surprised how many of your kitchen staples have a shelf life of decades — even after they've been opened. (Text: Laura Moss)