SHELF LIFE OF FOOD STORAGE ITEMS

Original Information from ThePrepared.com

Thanks Lisa C. for bringing this to our attention.

 Shelf life data below gives specific foods and average shelf life assuming optimum storage conditions. Foods kept at lower temperatures extend their shelf life. Light, oxygen and heat are all enemies of food storage items.  Keep this in mind when storing your food.
Shelf life of Food Items may vary, but this gives an idea of their general shelf life.
* NOTE: Shelf liife info from various sources. Conflicts are researched through multiple resources.

Baby Food, canned – 12 months

Baking Powder – 18 months (unopened)

Baking Soda – 18-24 months

Beans, Adzuki – 8-10 years (at 70 degrees F.)

Beans, Blackeye – 8-10 years (at 70 degrees F.)

Beans, Black Turtle – 8-10 years (at 70 degrees F.)

Beans, Dried – 12-24 months ( in their original container)

Beans, Dried – indefinitely (resealed in a food grade container w/oxygen absorber or vacuum sealed in a food grade bag)

Beans, can, Baked, Bush – 24-36 months

Beans, can, Black, Progresso – 24 months

Beans, can, Bush Beans Brand – 26 months

Beans, Garbanzo – 8-10 years (at 70 degrees F.)

Beans, Great Northern – 8-10 years (at 70 degrees F.)

Beans, Kidney – 8-10 years (at 70 degrees F.)

Beans, Mung Beans – 8-10 years (at 70 degrees F.)

Beans, Pink – 8-10 years (at 70 degrees F.)

Beans, Pinto – 8-10 years (at 70 degrees F.)

Beans, Refried – 5 years (at 70 degrees F.)

Beans, Small Red – 8-10 years (at 70 degrees F.)

Beans, Soy – 8-10 years (at 70 degrees F.)

Bouillon – 24 months (Keep dry and covered)

Bouillon (Cubes) – 24 months

Bouillon (Granules) – 12 months

Bouillon, Herb Ox – 24 months

Bouillon, Tone – 24 months

Bread, Crackers – 3 months

Bread, Crackers, Saltines – 8 months

Bread, Crackers, Ritz – 8 months

Bread, Crackers, Whole-wheat – 48 months

Bread, Crumbs, dried – 6 months (Store dry and covered)

Bread, fresh, store-bought (original container @ 70° F. basement) – 5 days

Bread, frozen, store-bought (original container @ 0° F. freezer) – 6 months

Bread, Mix, Biscuit Mixes (most) – 9 months

Bread, Mix, Biscuit Mix, Krusteaze, any flavor except mix for bread machines – 24 months

Bread, Mix, Hot-roll mix -18 months (If opened, store in airtight) container

Bread, Rolls (commercial) – 3-5 days (frozen 2-3 months) Homemade breads may have shorter shelf life due to lack of preservatives.

Bread, Tortillas, Corn – 1-2 weeks (refrigerated 2 weeks) May be frozen

Bread, Tortillas, Flour – 1-2 weeks (refrigerated 2 weeks) May be frozen

Bread, wheat, homemade (polyethelene bag @ 70° F. basement) – 3 days

Bread, white, homemade (polyethelene bag @ 70° F. basement) – 5 days

Butter, dehydrated – 5-8 years

Butter (refrigerated) – 1-2 weeks (frozen 6-9 months) Wrap or cover tightly.

Buttermilk Powder – 24-36 months

Buttermilk (refrigerated) – 10-14 days Cover tightly. Flavor not affected if buttermilk separates.

Cake Mix (most) – 9-12 months

Cake Mix, Angel Food – 9 months

Cake Mix, Betty Crocker – 8-12 months

Cake Mix, Jiffy – 24 months

Cake Mix, Pillsbury – 18 months

Candy, hard – 24 months

Casseroles, mix – 9-12 months (Keep cool and dry)

Cereals, cooked – 6 months

Cereal, Corn, dry Ready-to-eat – 12 months

Cereal, Cream of Wheat – 12 months

Cereal, Hominy Grits – 12 months

Cereal, Oatmeal – 12 months

Cereal, Processed (in a Box) – 6-12 months

Cereal (Publix) – 12-18 months

Cereal, Quinoa Cereal – 1-3 months

Cereals, Ready-to-cook, oatmeal, etc. – 12 months

Cereals, Ready-to-eat (unopened) – 6-12 months (opened 2-3 months)

Cereals, ready-to-eat (opened) – 2-3 months (Refold package tightly)

Cereal, Rice cereal, dry Ready-to-eat – 12 months

Cereal, Wheat, shredded, dry Ready-to-eat – 12 months

Cheese, Brick (Hard and wax coated) (opened/refrigerated) – 2 months

Cheese, Brick (Hard and wax coated) (unopened/refrigerated) – 3-6 months (frozen 6 months)

Cheese, Cheddar (Hard and wax coated) (opened/refrigerated) – 2 months

Cheese, Cheddar (Hard and wax coated) (unopened/refrigerated) – 3-6 months (frozen 6 months)

Cheese, Cottage cheese (original container @ 38 – 40° F. refrigerator) – 10-15 days

Cheese, Cream cheese (original container @ 38 – 40° F. refrigerator) – 21 days

Cheese, Cream, Neufchatel (refrigerated) – 4 weeks

Cheese, dehydrated – 5-8 years

Cheese, Dry cheeses (original container @ 60 – 70° F. basement) – 3 months

Cheese, Edam (Hard and wax coated) (opened/refrigerated) – 2 months

Cheese, Edam (Hard and wax coated) (unopened/refrigerated) – 3-6 months (frozen 6 months)

Cheese, Gouda (Hard and wax coated) (opened/refrigerated) – 2 months

Cheese, Gouda (Hard and wax coated) (unopened/refrigerated) – 3-6 months (frozen 6 months)

Cheese, natural (vacuum package @ 38 – 40° F. refrigerator) – 6 months

Cheese, Parmesan, grated – 12 months

Cheese, Parmesan, Romano (opened/refrigerated) – 2-4 months

Cheese, Parmesan, Romano (unopened) – 10 months

Cheese, processed (vacuum package @ 38 – 40° F. refrigerator) – 8 months

Cheese, Powdered – 36 months

Cheese, Processed Cheese Products (refrigerated) – 3-4 weeks (frozen 4 months)

Cheese, Ricotta (refrigerated) – 5 days

Cheese spreads/dips (original container @ 38 – 40° F. refrigerator) – 21 days

Cheese, Swiss (Hard and wax coated) (opened/refrigerated) – 2 months

Cheese, Swiss (Hard and wax coated) (unopened/refrigerated) – 3-6 months (frozen 6 months)

Chocolate ( An Import ) – 12 months

Chocolate, Hot Cocoa Mix, Nestles (Individually Wrapped) – 24 months

Chocolate, Nestles Quick – 24 months

Chocolate, Premelted – 12 months Keep cool.

Chocolate, Semi-sweet – 18-24 months Keep cool.

Chocolate syrup, (unopened) – 2 years

Chocolate syrup, (opened) – 6 months (Refrigerate)

Chocolate, Unsweetened – 18 months Keep cool.

Chocolate syrup (opened) – 6 months

Chocolate syrup (unopened) – 24 months

Cocoa – 5 years (in Mylar pouch)

Cocoa mixes – 8 months

Condiments, Catsup – 12-24 months

Condiments, Mustard, prepared yellow (opened) – 6-8 months

Condiments, Mustard, prepared yellow (unopened) – 24 months

Condiments, Mustard, French’s (Jar) – 18 months

Condiments, Mustard, French’s (squeeze bottle) – 12 months

Cookie Mix, Basic – 5+ years (in #10 can with oxygen absorber)

Corn Meal – 6-18 months (Keep tightly closed. Refrigeration may prolong shelf life.)

Corn Starch – 18 months

Corn Starch, Argo – 24 months (indefinitely resealed in a food grade container w/oxygen absorber or vacuum sealed in a food grade bag)

Cream, Half and Half, Light and Heavy (refrigerated) – 7-10 days (frozen 2 months)

Cream, ultra pasteurized (unopened/refrigerated) – 21-30 days

Cream, Sour (refrigerated) – 2 weeks

Cream, Sour, Dips, commercial (refrigerated) – 2 weeks

Creamer, non-dairy, Creamora – 24 months

Creamer, Non-Dairy – 9-36 months

Drink Mix, Country Time Lemonade – 24 months

Drink Mix, Crystal Light – 24 months

Drink Mix, Fruit, powdered – 10 years (in Mylar pouch)

Drink Mix, Orange – 10+ years (in #10 can with oxygen absorber)

Drink Mix, powdered, Kool Aid, Kraft Foods – 18-24 months

Drink Mix, Tang – 24 months

Eggs, dehydrated or freeze-dried powdered – 5-8 years

Eggs, fresh (original package @ 38 – 40° F. refrigerator) – 120 days

Eggs, pickled – 1-12 months (cool storage is recommended)

Eggs, powdered – 5+ years (in #10 can with oxygen absorber)

Eggs, processed (original package @ 70° F. cool basement) – 15 months

Extracts; i.e. Vanilla – 18 months

Flour, Rice flour – 1-2 months

Flour, White – 6-9 months (some sources say up to 5 years)

Flour, White enriched – 12 months

Flour, White – 5 years (in Mylar pouch)

Flour, Whole-wheat – 6-9 months (some sources say up to 5 years)

Flour, whole wheat graham – 2 weeks

Frosting, canned (opened) – 3 months (Refrigerate)

Frosting Mix – 8-9 months

Fruit, Apples (can), Comstock – 24-36 months

Fruit, Apples, fresh (separated in boxes @ 32° F. mod. moist cellar) – 6 months

Fruit, Apple Chips, dried – 8+ years (in #10 can with oxygen absorber)

Fruit, Apple Slices, Dried – 24 months [8 years (in Mylar pouch)]

Fruit, Applesauce, Motts – 12 months

Fruit, Bananas – 2-3 days (until ripened, then refrigerate)

Fruit, Banana, Dried Chips – 8 months

Fruit, Bananas, fresh (ventilated container @ 60 – 70° F. basement) – 1 week

Fruit, Berries, fresh (ventilated container @ 38 – 40° F. refrigerator) – 1-2 weeks

Fruit, Canned – 12-24 months (in the original container at 70 degrees F. in a dry basement)

Fruit, Canned fruits (original container @ 70° F. dry basement) – 2 years

Fruit, can, Del Monte – 18-26 months

Fruit, can, Comstock – 18-26 months

Fruit, can, Libby’s – 36 months+

Fruit, Citrus fruit, fresh ventilated container @ 32°F. mode. moist cellar) – 8 weeks

Fruit Cocktail, Canned – 24 months

Fruit, Cherries, Bottled – 24 months

Fruit, Coconut, shredded, canned or packaged – 12 months

Fruits, dried – 6-12 months (Keep cool, in airtight container; if possible)

Fruit, Dehydrated – 6-8 months

Fruit, Dehydrated – 5 years (Hermetically sealed in the absence of oxygen at a stable temperature of 70 degrees F. – They should keep proportionately longer if stored at cooler temperatures.)

Fruit, Dehydrated fruits (air/moisture proof @ 70° F. dry basement) – 8 months

Fruit, Frozen fruits (original container @ 0° F. freezer) – 12 months

Fruit, Jams & Jellies (original container @ 70° F. dry basement) – 18 months

Fruit, Peach, canned – 24 months

Fruit, Peaches, Del Monte – 24-30 months
Fruit, Pear, canned – 24 months

Fruit, Pear halves, Del Monte – 24-30 months

Fruit, Pears, fresh (ventilated container @ 32° F. mod. moist cellar) – 4 months

Fruit, Pie Fillings, Comstock – 18-26 months

Fruit, Pineapple, canned – 24 months

Fruit Smoothie, Del Monte – 12 months

Gelatin – 18 months

Gelatin Mixes – 18 months

Gelatin, flavored, Jello, Kraft Foods – 24 months

Grain, Barley, Whole (a soft grain) – 5-8 years (at room temperature sealed without oxygen)

Grain, Barley, pearled – 12 months

Grain, Buckwheat (a hard grain) – 10-12 years+ (at room temperature sealed without oxygen)

Grain, Buckwheat (kasha) – 6-12 months

Grain, Corn, Whole, dry – 2-5 years (indefinitely resealed in a food grade container w/oxygen absorber or vacuum-sealed in a food grade bag)

Grain, Corn, Whole, dry (a hard grain) – 10-12 years+ (at room temperature sealed without oxygen)

Grain, Flax (a hard grain) – 10-12 years+ (at room temperature sealed without oxygen)

Grain, Kamut® (a hard grain) – 10-12 years+ (at room temperature sealed without oxygen)

Grain, Lentils – 24 months (indefinitely resealed in a food grade container w/oxygen absorber or vacuum sealed in a food grade bag)

Grain, Millet (a hard grain) – 10-12 years+ (at room temperature sealed without oxygen)

Grain, Oat Groats (a soft grain) – 8 years (at room temperature sealed without oxygen)

Grain, Oats – 2-5 years (indefinitely resealed in a food grade container w/oxygen absorber or vacuum sealed in a food grade bag)

Grain, Oats, Rolled (a soft grain) – 1-8 years (at room temperature sealed without oxygen)

Grain, Quinoa, Whole (a soft grain) – 5-8 years (at room temperature sealed without oxygen)

Grain, Rice – 24-48 months (indefinitely resealed in a food grade container w/oxygen absorber or vacuum sealed in a food grade bag)

Grain, Rice, brown – 1-6 months

Grain, Rice, white – 24-48 months

Grain, Rice, white – 4 years (in Mylar pouch)

Grain, Rice, wild – 24-36 months

Grain, Spelt (a hard grain) – 10-12 years+ (at room temperature sealed without oxygen)

Grain, Triticale (a hard grain) – 5-12 years+ (at room temperature sealed without oxygen)

Grain, Wheat, Whole (a hard grain) – 10-12 years+ (at room temperature sealed without oxygen – possibly indefinitely)

Granola – 1-3 months

Herb, Garlic – 5-8 months (Keep in cool, dry, ventilated area.)

Herbs, ground – 6-36 months (in airtight container in dry place away from sunlight and heat)

Herbs, whole – 12-48 months (in airtight container in dry place away from sunlight and heat)

Herb Leaves, flowers, roots, and other herb parts – 12 months after harvesting (in cool place)

Herbs, Frozen (in freezer bags) – 6 months

Herbs, Green, Leafy – 12-36 months

Herbs, Whole Seeds – 3-4 years

Herb or Spice Extracts – 4 years

Herbs, Seasoning Blends – 12-24 months

Herbal Essential oils – indefinitely

Herbal Extracts (Commercially prepared) – expiration date

Herbal Infusions – Make fresh daily. Store in refrigerator or cool place.

Herbal Decoctions – Consume within 48 hours. Store in refrigerator or cool place.

Herbal tablets or capsules (Commercially prepared) – expiration date

Herbal Tea (comfrey leaf or root) – 24 hours

Herbal Tinctures (Alcohol based) – 2-4 years

Herbal Tinctures (Vinegar based) – 12-24 months

Herbal Tinctures, syrups, and essential oils – Keep for several months or years. Store in dark glass bottles in a cool environment away from sunlight. Store syrup in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Herbal Ointments, creams, and capsules – Keep for several months. Store in dark glass jars (or plastic containers.)

Honey – 12-24 months (Some sources say indefinitely. Gently heat to remove crystallization.)

Honey – indefinitely (in an airtight container at room temperature) (Watch out for additives in the honey. It is possible to buy honey with water and sugar added. This honey generally doesn’t crystallize like pure 100% honey does when stored for a long time. If there are additives, there is no saying how long it will last.)

Hormel (all canned products) – indefinitely in original container

Ice Cream (frozen) – 1-2 months

Ice Milk (frozen) – 1-2 months

Jams – 12-18 months

Jellies – 12-18 months

Juices, can – 12 months

Juice, Apple, Motts – 12 months

Juice, Apple (Whitehouse), Nat’l Fruit Prod. Co. – 24 months

Juice, can, Dole – 24-36 months

Juice, Canned fruit juices (original container @ 70° F. dry basement) 24 months

Juice, Dehydrated fruit juice (air/moisture proof @ 70° F. dry basement) – 12 months

Juice, Frozen fruit juices (original container @ 0° F. freezer) – 12 months

Juice, Fruit (canned) – 18-36 months (in a cool, dry place)

Juice, Fruit, Dehydrated – 12 months

Juice, Orange, Bluebird – 24 months

Juice, Pineapple, Del Monte – 18 months

Juice, Snappy Tom Cocktail Juice, Del Monte – 18 months

Juice, Tomato, Del Monte – 24 months

Ketchup (glass & plastic) – 24 months

Legumes, bottled or canned – 24-36 months

Marshmallows – 2-3 months

Marshmallow Creme – 2-3 months

Mayonnaise – 3-4 months

Meat, Beef, canned (original package @ 70° F. cool basement) – 30 months

Meat, Beef, canned (in chunks with natural juices) – 30 months

Meat, Beef, Dried, canned – indefinitely

Meat, Beef, dried (can @ 70° F. cool basement) – 18 months

Meat, Beef, fresh (original package @ 38 – 40° F. refrigerator) – 10-14 days

Meat, Beef, frozen (air & moisture proof @ 0° F. freezer) – 10 months

Meat, Beef, Roast, can – indefinitely (in original container)

Meat, canned (most) – 12-36 months unopened (1-2 months opened, refrigerated)

Meat, canned, Tyson – 36 months

Meat, Chicken, canned – 12-36 months

Meat, Chicken Breast, canned – 36 months

Meat, Chicken Breast (can), Tyson – 36 months

Meat, Chicken, canned, Tyson – 36 months

Meat, Chili, canned – indefinitely

Meat, Chili w/beans and without, can – indefinitely (in original container)

Meat, Chili w/beans, Hormel – indefinite

Meat, Chili, Seafood Cocktail – 24 months

Meat, Fish or shellfish, canned – 12-18 months

Meat, Ham, canned (shelf stable, unopened) – 24 months

Meat, Ham, Country style (unsliced) – 12 months

Meat, Ham Chunks, canned – indefinitely

Meat, Ham, Deviled, can – indefinitely in original container

Meat, Lamb, fresh (original package @ 38 – 40° F. refrigerator) – 7-10 days

Meat, Lamb, frozen (air & moisture proof @ 0° F. freezer) – 8 months

Meat, Pork, cured (vacuum package @ 38 – 40° F. refrigerator) – 4 weeks

Meat, Pork, fresh (original package @ 38 – 40° F. refrigerator) – 4 days

Meat, Pork, frozen (air & moisture proof @ 0° F. freezer) – 4-6 months

Meat, Pork, sausage (original package @ 38 – 40° F. refrigerator) – 4 days

Meat, Poultry, fresh (original package @ 38 – 40° F. refrigerator) – 5 days

Meat, Poultry, frozen (air & moisture proof @ 0° F. freezer) – 8 months

Meat, Seafood, canned – 48-60 months

Meat, Spam, canned – indefinitely (in original container)

Meat, Spam, Hormel – Indefinite

Meat substitutes (air & moisture proof @ 0° F. freezer) – 4 months

Meat, Tuna, canned – 48-60 months

Meat, Tuna, Starkist – 4-6 years

Meat Turkey, can – 12 months

Meat, Turkey and Gravy canned dinners – indefinitely in original container

Meat, Veal, fresh (original package @ 38 – 40° F. refrigerator) – 6 days

Meat, Veal, frozen (air & moisture proof @ 0° F. freezer) – 8 months

Meat, Vienna Sausage, canned – 24 months

Meat, Vienna Sausage, Libby’s – 24 months

Milk Alternate, Morning Moo brand powdered – 5 years in original bag (7 years in bucket) http://www.bluechipgroup.net/

Milk

, aseptic packaging – Pkg. date

Milk, Canned, Condensed – 12 months

Milk, Canned, Sweetened Condensed – 24-36 months

Milk, Canned, Evaporated – 12-36 months (Invert can every 2 months.)

Milk, Evaporated, Publix – 18-24 months

Milk, Powdered (Instant Non-fat) – 6-15 months

Milk, Powdered (Nonfat dry) – 3 years (in Mylar pouch)

Milk, Powdered (Non-Instant) – 24-48 months

Mixes, Biscuit – 5+ years (in #10 can with oxygen absorber)

Mixes, Bread Mix, White – 5+ years (in #10 can with oxygen absorber)

Mixes, Brownie (most) – 9 months

Mixes, Brownie – 5+ years (in #10 can with oxygen absorber)

Mixes, Cookie mixes – 12 months

Mixes, Cornbread – 5+ years (in #10 can with oxygen absorber)

Mixes, Muffin Mix (most) – 9 months

Mixes, Muffin, Blueberry – 5+ years (in #10 can with oxygen absorber)

Mixes, Muffin Mix, Krusteaze, any flavor except mix for bread machines – 24 months

Mixes, Pancake Mix (most) – 6-9 months

Mixes, Pancake, Buttermilk – 5+ years (in #10 can with oxygen absorber)

Mixes, Pie Crust Mix – 8 months

Mixes, Sweet Roll Mix – 5+ years (in #10 can with oxygen absorber)

Molasses (opened) – 6 months

Molasses (unopened) – 12-24 months

Mushrooms, Freeze Dried, Tone – 24 months

Mushrooms, Green Giant – 48 months

Nuts (in the shell) – 24 months

Nutmeats (in vacuum can) – 3 months

Oils (unopened) – 18 months Store in cool place away from heat

Oils (opened) – 6-8 months Store in cool place away from heat

Oil (some) – indefinitely (in original container)

Oil, Canola, Best Foods – 18-24 months

Oil, Corn, Mazola (Best Foods) – 18 months from pkg. Date

Oil, Olive – 24 months

Oil, Salad – 6-9 months

Olives (canned, unopened) – 1-3 months

Pasta – 24 months (indefinitely resealed in a food grade container w/oxygen absorber or vacuum sealed in a food grade bag)

Pasta, American Beauty – 36 months (in original package)

Pasta, Cup-O-Noodles – 24 months

Pasta, Fusilli – 8+ years (in #10 can with oxygen absorber)

Pasta, Macaroni – 8 years (in Mylar pouch)

Pasta, Macaroni & Cheese – 12 months

Pasta Mixes – 6 months

Pasta, Noodles & Sauce, Chicken Flavor, Lipton – 24 months

Pasta, Noodles, Fettuccine, Montalcino – 18 months+

Pasta, Penne – 8+ years (in #10 can with oxygen absorber)

Pasta & Sauce, Lipton – 12 months

Pasta-Roni – Exp. Date

Pasta Sauce – 24 months (unopened) (2 weeks opened, refrigerated)

Pasta Sauce – Lipton 5 Brothers – 24 months

Pasta Sauce (Ragu-Jar), Lipton – 24 months

Pasta, Shells – 8+ years (in #10 can with oxygen absorber)

Pasta, Spaghetti – 8 years (in Mylar pouch)

Pasta, Spaghetti – 18-24 months

Pasta, Spaghetti, Montalcino – 18 months+

Peanut Butter (opened) – 2-3 months Refrigeration prolongs storage time

Peanut Butter (unopened) – 6-24 months Refrigeration prolongs storage time

Peanut Butter (Jif), Proctor & Gamble – 24 months

Peanut Butter, Jiffy – 24 months

Peanut Butter, Skippy – 24 months

Peanuts – 24-36 months

Peanuts, Planter’s – 24-36 months

Pectin, Dry – 3 years

Pectin, Liquid – 12-18 months

Pectin, liquid (opened) – 1 month (Refrigerate)

Pickles (canned, unopened) – 1-3 months

Popcorn – 8+ years (in #10 can with oxygen absorber)

Popcorn, both microwaveable and regular – 24 months

Popcorn, whole kernels – 12-24 months

Popcorn, Pops Rite – 24 months

Potato chips (original container @ 70° F. basement) – 1 month

Pudding Mixes – 12 months

Pudding Mix, Chocolate or Vanilla – 5 years (in Mylar pouch)

Ready Meals, Chicken and Dumplings, can – indefinitely in original container

Ready Meals, Chicken & Dumplings, Sweet Sue – 24 months

Ready Meals, Chicken & Noodles, Sweet Sue – 24 months

Ready Meals, MRE (Meals Ready to Eat) – 3-10 years (stored at 80 degrees or cooler)

Rice, flavored or herb mixes – 6 months

Rice, Minute Rice, Kraft Foods – 18 months

Rice Mixes – 6 months

Rice, parboiled – 6-12 months (stored unopened in cool, dry place)

Rice, White Emerald – 12 months+

Rice & Sauce, Lipton – 12 months

Rice-a-Roni – Exp. Date

Rye (a soft grain) – 5-8 years (at room temperature sealed without oxygen)

Salad dressings, bottled (unopened) – 10-12 months (Store on shelf)

Salad dressings, bottled (opened) – 3 months (Refrigerate after opening)

Salad dressings, made from mix – 2 weeks (Refrigerate, after mixing)

Salt – 24 months (indefinitely resealed in a food grade container w/oxygen absorber or vacuum sealed in a food grade bag)

Salt – indefinitely if stored free of moisture

Sauce, Barbecue – 12 months

Sauce, Chili – 12 months

Sauces, Gravies, powdered mixes (most) – 12 months

Sauce, Hot sauce (commercial) – 24 months

Sauces, powdered mixes (most) – 12 months

Sauce, Salsa (commercial) (unopened) – 12-18 months

Sauces, Sloppy Joe Sauces – 24 months

Sauces (steak, etc.) – 24 months (stored unpacked in cool, dry place)

Sauce, Tabasco Sauce, McIInenny – 5 years

Sauce, Worcesterhire (commercial) – 24 months

Sherbet (frozen) – 1-2 months

Shortenings, solid – 8 months

Shortening, Crisco, Proctor & Gamble – Indefinite

Shortening, Crisco – indefinitely (in original container)

Shortening, Powdered – 5+ years (in #10 can with oxygen absorber)

Soup Base, Tone – 10 years

Soup, Bear Creek – 36 months

Soup Broth, Chicken Broth, Swanson – 18 months

Soup, Campbell – 18-24 months

Soup, canned – 3+ years

Soup, Country Kitchen – 36 months

Soup, Progresso – 36 months

Soup Mix, Chicken Noodle, Bear Creek – 18 months

Soup mix (dry) (most) – 12 months

Soup Mix, dry – 5 years (in Mylar pouch)

Spaghetti Sauces – 24 months

Spices – 24 months (indefinitely resealed in a food grade container w/oxygen absorber or vacuum sealed in a food grade bag)

Spices, ground – 6 months (in airtight container in dry place away from sunlight and heat)

Spices, whole – 12-24 months (in airtight container in dry place away from sunlight and heat)

Spice, Cinnamon sticks, whole – 24 months+ (in airtight container in dry place away from sunlight and heat)

Spice, Cloves, whole – 24 months+ (in airtight container in dry place away from sunlight and heat)

Spice, Nutmeg, whole – 24 months+ (in airtight container in dry place away from sunlight and heat)

Stew, Beef, Dinty Moore – 24-36 months (some sources say indefinitely in original container)

Sugar – 24 months (indefinitely resealed in a food grade container w/oxygen absorber or vacuum sealed in a food grade bag)

Sugar – indefinitely if stored free of moisture

Sugar, Brown – 4-18 months

Sugar, Confectioners – 18-48 months

Sugar, Granulated – 24-48 months (indefinitely resealed in a food grade container w/oxygen absorber or vacuum sealed in a food grade bag)

Sugar, Granulated – 20+ years (in Mylar pouch)

Sweetener, Artificial – 24 months

Syrups – 12 months (Refrigerate, after opening)

Tapioca – 12 months (stored unopened in cool, dry place)

Toaster pastries – 2-3 months (Keep in airtight package)

TVP (Textured Vegetable Protein) Meat substitute (bacon bits) – 4 months (Keep tightly closed)

TVP, unflavored – 5+ years (in #10 can with oxygen absorber)

Vanilla Extract (opened) – 12-18 months

Vanilla Extract (unopened) – 24 months

Vegetables, Beets, fresh (ventilated box @ 32° F. moist pit or cellar) – 6 months

Vegetables, Cabbage, fresh (ventilated box @ 32° F. mod. moist pit/cellar) – 6 months

Vegetables, canned – 24-48 months (unopened)

Vegetables, Canned veggies original container @ 70° F. dry basement) – 2 years

Vegetables, can, Bush Beans Brand – 26 months

Vegetables, can, Del Monte – 24 months

Vegetables, can, Green Giant – 24 months

Vegetables, can, Progresso – 24 months

Vegetables, Carrots, fresh (ventilated boxes/bags @ 32° F. moist pit or cellar) – 6 months

Vegetables, Carrots, dehydrated – 10 years (in Mylar pouch)

Vegetables, Corn, canned – 24–36 months

Vegetables, Corn, can, Green Giant – 36 months

Vegetables, Corn, can (whole & creamed), Del Monte – 24 months

Vegetables, Dark green, fresh (flexible package @ 38 – 40° F. refrigerator) – 7 days

Vegetables, Dehydrated veggies (air/moisture proof @ 70° F. dry basement) – 8 months

Vegetables, Dehydrated – 8-12 (at room temperature sealed without oxygen)

Vegetables, dehydrated flakes – 6 months

Vegetables, Green Beans, Del Monte – 24-30 months

Vegetables, Hominy – 12 months

Vegetables, Libby’s – 36 months+

Vegetables, misc. fresh veggies (flexible package @ 38 – 40° F. refrigerator) – 1-2 weeks

Vegetables, Onions, dry – 2-4 weeks (Keep in cool, dry, ventilated area.)

Vegetables, Onions, dehydrated – 8 years (in Mylar pouch)

Vegetables, Onions, fresh, dry (net bag @ 32° F. cool, dry area) – 6 months

Vegetables, Peas, dry – 12-24 months (indefinitely resealed in a food grade container w/oxygen absorber or vacuum sealed in a food grade bag)

Vegetables, Peas, dry – 8+ years (in #10 can with oxygen absorber)

Vegetables, Pillsbury – 24 months

Vegetables, Potato, canned (original container 70° F. dry basement) – 30 months

Vegetables, Potato, dehydrated (original package @ 70° F. dry basement) -30 months

Vegetables, Potato Flakes – 3+ years (in #10 can with oxygen absorber)

Vegetables, Potatoes, fresh – 4 weeks (Keep dry and away from sun. Keep about 50 degrees for longer storage.)

Vegetables, Potato, fresh (ventilated boxes/bags @ 35 – 40° F. mod. moist pit/cellar) – 6 months

Vegetables, Potato, frozen )original package @ 0° F. freezer) – 8 months

Vegetables, Potatoes, sweet – 2 weeks (Don’t refrigerate sweet potatoes.)

Vegetables, Potato, sweet, fresh (ventilated boxes/bags @ 55 – 60° F. dry) – 6 months

Vegetables, Potatoes, Instant – 6-12 months

Vegetables, Potatoes, Instant – 3 years (in Mylar pouch)

Vegetables, Potatoes, Instant, Idahoan (in a can) – indefinitely (in original container)

Vegetables, Pumpkin, fresh (ventilated box @ 55° F. mod. dry basement) – 6 months

Vegetables, Squash, pumpkin – 6 months

Vegetables, Squash, acorn – 6 months

Vegetables, Squash, spaghetti – 6 months

Vegetables, Squash, butter-nut – 6 months

Vegetables, Squash, winter, fresh (ventilated box @ 55° F. mod. dry basement) – 6 months

Vegetables, Tomatoes, canned – 30-36+ months (unopened) (2-3 days opened, refrigerated)

Vegetables, Tomatoes, can, Crushed, Flavored Diced – 24 months

Vegetables, Tomatoes, can, Diced, Wedge, Stewed, Whole – 30 months

Vegetables, Tomatoes, can, No Salt Added Stewed – 18 months

Vegetables, Tomatoes, fresh ripe (flexible package @ 38 – 40° F. refrigerator) – 2 weeks

Vegetables, Tomatoes, green (flexible package @ 55 – 70° F. mod. dry basement) – 4 – 6 weeks

Vegetables, Tomatoes, Libby’s – 36 months+

Vegetables, Tomato Paste – 30 months

Vegetables, Tomato Powder – 5+ years (in #10 can with oxygen absorber)

Vegetables, Tomato Sauce – 12-24 months (unopened) (3 days opened, refrigerated)

Vinegar (opened) – 12 months

Vinegar (unopened) – 24 months (some sources say indefinitely in original container)

Yeast – 24 months (or expiration date on package)

Yeast (Fleischman’s), Freshlike – 24 months

Yeast, Fleischman’s    Date is stamped. If you use it past the stamped date, you must first “PROOF” it. Proof it by bringing ¼ cup of water to the temperature in the instructions on the back. Stir in 1 tsp. of sugar and one packet of yeast. After five minutes it should begin to bubble. At the end of 10 minutes, it should have a rounded crown of foam on it. If this happens, yeast is active. (Be sure to deduct ¼ cup of liquid from your recipe)

Source:

http://theprepared.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=24&Itemid=36

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