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6 Cheap Foods That Last a Long Time

RICE
Rice most popular and common food in this part of the world if not the whole world, Nigerians really love rice. A Derica of rice costs just N400-450 and is the perfect base for a filling meal. Rice is an important staple throughout most of the world, so you won’t have any trouble finding a large variety of recipes for it.

White rice has an incredible shelf life. It’ll keep for four to five years in the pantry. Brown rice has is more nutritious but has a shorter shelf life, lasting six to eight months in the pantry and eight to 12 months in the refrigerator. Since brown rice is more nutrient-dense, consider keeping it in the freezer, where it’ll stay usable forever.

POTATOES
For about N1000, you’ll get enough potatoes to make a many meals. Bake them, toss them into soups, add them to casseroles, or make potato salad or a big batch of oven/oil fries. Potatoes are incredibly versatile, and if you store them properly, they’ll easily keep for four to six months. Some potato varieties are particularly good for storing.

BEANS
Beans cost much less than meat and are a source of protein, fiber, and minerals. Load up on canned beans, or save even more by purchasing dried beans and cooking them yourself. One Derica Can (has its popularly called )of dried beans costs about N350 and is enough to make 6 cups of cooked beans. That’s the equivalent of four cans of beans.

If you don’t want to fuss with soaking/picking dried beans, use lentils. They don’t have to be soaked first and they cook quickly.

Dried beans are best used within a year but can be stored longer. Be sure to add extra cooking time when using older beans.

PEANUT BUTTER
Peanut butter is a cheap and versatile source of protein. A 16-ounce jar costs about N500-600. Beyond using it as a spread for sandwiches , you can add it to shakes, or whip up delectable desserts like peanut butter bars, cookies and fudge. Peanut butter also appears in savory dishes, like Thai peanut chicken.

Unopened peanut butter is good for a year past the best-by date printed on the jar, so stock up when you find it on sale. Once you open the jar, it will last about three months. Natural peanut butter is an exception to this rule. It’s good for two to three months past the printed best-buy date when stored in the pantry. It stretches to three to six months when stored in the refrigerator.

APPLE
Most fruits have a high water content, so they go bad quickly. If you’re tired of finding science experiments in your fruit bowl, make apples your go-to fruit. Under the right storage conditions, they’ll keep for up to five months, which means you can safely stock up when you find a deal on your favorite variety. When your apples start to go soft, all is not lost. They still be used to make Applesauce

Carrots
Baby carrots don’t have a very long shelf life, but whole carrots do. Tuck a bag in the veggie bin in your refrigerator, and it’ll be good for at least four to five weeks. As long as they don’t feel soft or slimy, carrots are perfectly fine to eat. Enjoy this versatile vegetable as a snack, roast them for a side dish, or chop them up and add them to soups. You can even use them to make a carrot cake if you’re craving something sweet.

Tip: If your carrots still have their long, leafy tops when you buy them, be sure to cut them off. They’ll pull moisture from the carrots and cause them to dry out faster.

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