I've read drastically conflicting info on the issue. One place says Rice last indefinitely, another says only a yr or 2. One place says dry beans last forever, another says they become so dry as to be inedible and won't soften no matter how long they're cooked. One place says pasta lasts forever, another says only a year. It's really confusing & I don't want to spend money on foods that could go bad before we've used them up. All of the above are contigent on keeping them dry and sealed from bugs/rodents of course.