Expiration Dates

Expiration Dates

PRODUCTRecommended Shelf Life
Unopened
Recommended Shelf Life
Open
Baking Powder18 or exp. date 
Calumet Baking PowderExp. datesame
Baking Soda24 
BisquickExp. datesame
Bouillon24 
Bouillon Herb Ox 24same
Bouillon Tone24same
Cereals 6-122-3
Cereals Ready to Eat6 
Cereals To Be Cooked  
Chocolate12 
Chocolate Pre-melted18 
Chocolate Semi Sweet18 
Chocolate Unsweetened  
Chocolate same
Milk Choc Bits16 
Butterscotch Bits18 
Chocolate Semi Sweet24 
Chocolate Unsweetend24 
Chocolate Syrup246
Cocoa Mixes8 
Cocoa Mix243-6
Nestles Quick  
Coffee 242 wks
Coffee Cans12-242
Cornmeal12 
Cornstarch18 
Drink Mix24same
Country Time  
Lemonade  
Drink Mix24same
Crystal Light  
Drink Mix24same
Tang  
Drink Mix18-242
Kool Aid  
Flour18same
Betty Crocker  
Gelatin, all types18 
Jello24N/A
Grits12 
Honey12 
Honey12-24same
Crockett Stewart(indef) 
Jellies, Jams12 
Jellies, SafewayPurch by + 1 mosame
Molasses12+6
Marshmallow Cream3-4 
Mayonnaise2-3 
MayonnaisePurch by + 1 mo3-4
Kraft Mayo and Miracle Whip   
Salad Dressing  
Milk12 
Condensed12 
Evaporated63
Non-Fat dry  
Milk  
Carnation9 
Skim Evap12 
Lowfat Evap12 
Sweet Condense12same
Nonfat Dry15 
Evap  
Pasta24 
Pasta American Beauty 12-36same
Pectin11
Liquid12 
Dry  
Rice  
Rice White24+ 
Flavored or herb6 
Rice Minute Rice18same
Salad Dressings10-12 
Bottled 3
From Mix 2 wks
Salad Dressing Good Seasons Mix24 
Salad Dressing Hidden Valley Mix12 
Salad Oils61-3
Oil - Crisco or Puritan2412
Oil - Mazola, Corn Oil,Canola Oil18same
Oil - Olive Oil2424
Shortenings, solid8 
ShorteningIndef.12
Crisco - Regular186-12
Crisco - Butter  
Sugar4 
Brown18 
Confectioners24+ 
Granulated Sweeteners24+ 
Sugar - C&H Indef, but best quality=18same
Granulated9 
Brown6 
Confectioners  
Syrups12 
Tea18 
Bags36 
Instant24 
Loose  
Tea18same
Sweetened Tea  
Vinegar24+12
Biscuit, Brownie, Muffin Mix9 
Cake Mixes Angel Food12 
Cake Mixes Other9 
Casseroles, complete or add own meat9-12 
Cookies2-3 wks 
Homemade2 
Packaged  
Mixes Krusteaz24 (see note) 
Mixes Pillsbury18 
Mixes Betty Crocker8-12+ 
Mixes Jiffy24 
Crackers3 
Dressing Mix Stove Top Exp. Date 
Frostings3 
Frostings Canned8 
Frostings Mix  
Frosting Betty Crocker8-10 
Hamburger 12 
Helper Betty Crocker  
Hot-Roll Mix18 
Macaroni & Cheese24 
Pancake Mix6-9 
Pie Crust Mix8 
Pies and Pastries2-3 days 
Potatoes, Instant6-12 
Pudding Mixes12 
Rice/Pasta Mixes6 
Rice-a-RoniExp. Datesame
Pasta-RoniExp. Datesame
Rice & Sauce10-15 see note same
Noodles & Sauce12-24 see note same
Pasta & Sauce9-12 see note same
Sauce/Gravy Mix6-12 
Soup Mix12 
Onion Soup Mix12-15 
Soup Base120 mos(10 yrs)24
Soup Country Kitchen366
Taco Mix Ortega18 
Toaster Pastries2-3 
Canned Foods123 day
Baby foods122 day
Fish & seafood121 wk
Fruit122 day
Meats121-2 m
Pickles/olives122 day
Poultry125 day
Sauce, tomato123 day
Vegetables  
Canned Food Cheese Sauc24-367-10 days
Canned Food Fish & Seafoo Tuna4-6 years 
Canned Fruit Cranberry SauceExp. Datesame
Canned Fruit Apples2-32-3 days
Canned Fruits9-302-3 days
Canned Fruit36+2-3 days
Canned Fruit Applesauce*9-12 mos1-2 wk
Individual Srving 14 mos1-2 wk
Canned Fruits Pie Fillings24-362 wks in fridge
Canned Fruit Juices6 
Canned Juices12-242-3 days
Canned Juices12 mos1-2 wk
Canned MeatsIndefinite 
Canned Meats Dinty Moore  
Canned Meats Spam  
Canned Meats Ham Chunks  
Canned Meats Chili  
Canned Meats Dried Beef  
Canned Meats
Dutch Colony Cooked Ham 5 years 
Canned Meats Black Label HamExp. Date 
Canned Meat Chicken36 
Canned Sauce Pasta RaguUse By DateSee note
Canned Sauce Pasta 24See note
Canned Sauce Salsa, Pasta 367 days
Canned SoupExp. Date 
Canned Vegetable Baked Beans24-362-3 days
Canned Vegetable Black Beans242-3 days
Canned Vegetable241-2 days
Refried Beans, Chiles/Jalapenos367 day
Canned Vegetable242-3 days
Canned Vegetable Vancamp  
Canned Vegetable Pork & Beans  
Canned Vegetable1212
Canned Vegetable French Fried   
Canned Vegetable Onions  
Canned Vegetable Tomatoes302-3 days
Canned Vegetable24-302-3 days
Canned Vegetable24-482-3 days
Canned Vegetable36+2-3 days
Tomatoes182-3 days
Sauerkraut  
Canned Food Vegetable Protein Products24 
Canned Food Misc. Chef Boyardee242-3 days
Dried Fruits6 
Dried Vegetables12 
Catsup, chili sauce121
Catsup, sauces18-242-3 days See note
Chili Sauce24Same
Mustard, Yellow Prepared246-8
Mustard- French's12Same
Squeeze bottle Jar18Same
Pickles - jar12-242-3 days
Spices & Herbs12-24 
Whole6 
Ground6 
Herbs6 
Herb/spice blend  
Spices12-24 mossame
Steak Sauce24same
Tabasco Hot Pepper Sauce60same
Extracts2412
Extracts Vanilla12 
Extracts Other  
Vegetables, dehydrated flakes6 
Candy Chocolate Bars  
Baby Ruth8 
Butterfinger10 
Crunch12 
Milk Choc15 
Coconut, Shredded canned or pkg.126
Meat Substitutes TVP; imitation bacon bits4 
Mushrooms Freeze Dried24same
Nutritional Caloric Products, instant breakfast6 
Nutritional Bars9 
Sweet Success w/ Fruit12 
Sweet Succes Coated  
Nutritional Ready to Drink9 
Nutritional Carnation 15 
Nutritional Instant Bkfast  
Nutritional Sweet Success  
Nutritional Powdered Drink15same
Nutritional Carnation 36same
Nutritional Instant Bkfast  
Nutritional Sweet Success  
Nuts42 wk
In shell pkg242 wk
Nutmeats pkg.32 wk
Vacuum can  
Peanut Butter6-92-3
Peanut Butter Jif243
Peanut Butter Skippy24 
Peas, beans-dried12 
Popcorn24 
Vegetables, Fresh Onions 2wk
Vegetables, Fresh Potatoes 4wk
Vegetables, Fresh White 2wk
Vegetables, Fresh Sweet  
Whipped Topping (dry)12 
Yeast (dry)Exp. date 
Cough Drops Halls18 zinc 24 other 
Coconut, Shredded canned or pkg.126
Bleach12 
Tissues; Scott Toilet PaperIndef 
Feminine HygieneIndef 
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RECOMMENDED TIMES FOR FOOD STORED IN COOL, DRY PANTRY (65 TO 70 °F)

Canned fruits, juices, tomatoes, pickles12-18 months
Canned meats and vegetables2-5 years
Home-canned foods1 year
Onions1-3 months at room temperature or below
Potatoes1-3 months at 45-50 °F 1 week at room temperature
Squash, hard-rinds1-3 months at 60 °F 1 week at room temperature
Sweet Potatoes1-3 months at 60 °F 1 week at room temperature


THE FOLLOWING FOODS SHOULD BE STORED IN THE PANTRY IN TIGHTLY SEALED OR AIRTIGHT CONTAINERS:

Staples 
Bread Crumbs4 months
Brown Rice6 months
Cornmeal and hominy grits12 months
Honey and syrups1 year
Nonfat dry milk1 year
Olive oil6 months
Pasta1-2 years
Rice1 year
Shortening2 years
Sugar, Granulatedindefinitely
Sugar, brown or powdered18 months
Vegetable oil1 year
Wheat germ (unopened)8-12 months
White flour10-15 months
Whole wheat flour3 months (best in refrigerator or freezer)
Wild rice6 months
Packaged Foods 
Baking mix (biscuit, cake)6 months
Cereals12 months
Soup mix (dry)12 months
Dried Foods 
Dried apricots3 months (refrigerate after opening)
Dried prunes, raisins9 months (refrigerate after opening)
Dried peas and beans1 year
Herbs, Spices and Condiments 
Salt, cream of tarterindefinitely
Ground spices and herbs2-3 years
Whole spices4-5 years
Tabasco, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce30 months
Beverages (sealed, unopened) 
Bottled Water2-5 years
Juices12-18 Months
Soft drinks8 months
Miscellaneous 
Chocolate2 years
Chocolate chips, cocoa18 months
Coffee (canned)12 months
Nuts (unshelled)6-12 months
Peanut butter3-4 months (best refrigerated)
Tapioca4 years
Tea18 months