LIFE

11 Surprising Things That Only Get Better With Age

by Jess Catcher
Jess grew up in Oklahoma before moving to New York to become a writer. She has a cat named Agnes.

As I inch closer and closer to my 30th birthday, I’m beginning to accept that — despite my fears of getting older — I have really only become a better version of myself over the years.

It’s something we all have to confront as the clock keeps ticking, and while some folks prefer to flat out deny the number of years they’ve spent on the planet, it’s always better to simply accept it. After going through the process myself, I started wondering what other things in life get better the more they’ve been around, and I was honestly surprised by how often patience really pays off.

Sure, I knew about wine already, but I didn’t know specifically what made it become so much more complex and flavorful.

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1. Whisky

1. Whisky

To be considered a whisky, the liquor must be aged for at least three years in most countries, but is often left for even longer. Whisky that has been aged for over a decade can have unbelievably rich flavor.

2. Cheddar Cheese

2. Cheddar Cheese

And gruyere, manchego, gouda, parmigiano-reggiano…

3. Jeans

3. Jeans

We’ve all experienced that feeling of putting on your favorite pair of jeans after giving them a wash and feeling restricted — that is, until you finally break them back in again with multiple wears.

4. Cast Iron Skillets

4. Cast Iron Skillets

Maybe your grandmother passed her recipes down to you — and, if you’re lucky, she included her scrumptiously time-seasoned skillet as well!

5. Beef

5. Beef

Whereas pork and chicken would go horribly bad if not consumed in a timely manner, dry-aged beef’s enzymes break down fibers to make it even more tender.

6. Balsamic Vinegar

6. Balsamic Vinegar

Similar to wine, the fermentation of the vinegar becomes stronger over time, with companies often waiting to bottle it for at least 12 years.

7. Fine Leather

7. Fine Leather

Whether it’s your wallet or your sofa, it will become softer and smoother with each passing year.

8. Pickles

8. Pickles

You should still abide by each jar’s expiration date, but most last for at least a year — soaking up more nutrients and vitamins, even becoming more of a probiotic and helping with digestion.

9. Flannel Sheets

9. Flannel Sheets

The scratchy fabric only gets softer every time you toss it in the wash, until it’s the perfect texture.

10. Wine

10. Wine

This mostly applies to reds, where their tannins, sugar, and natural acidity combine over the years, giving it a more rich flavor and creamier texture.

11. Seedlings

11. Seedlings

They may start off small, but seedlings can grow to incredible heights — perhaps a metaphor for the potential within us all!

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