Many items that are in our kitchen cabinets, pantries and the refrigerator have expiration dates that seem to get ignored or forgotten once they are purchased. If you don’t place a sticker on each jar, bottle, box, bag or package that comes into the house where it is very visible you may not know how long a food product was opened, sat on the shelf or when it was purchased.
Here is a list of many items that are common to most households. It serves as a reminder that not everything that is purchased has an indefinite shelf life. Some foods products may last 3 months while others may be good for 3 years if they are unopened. The same goes if the items are opened, one food may last 3 days and another up to 3 months.
Shelf life is indefinite when stored in a moisture proof container in a cool, dry place.
1 year from the production date.
Unopened cans last up to 2 years.
Opened cans for up to 1 month if refrigerated or if left in a covered canister.
Freshly ground coffee will stay fresh for 1 week in a covered container.
Coffee beans can remain in the bag for 3 weeks.
Instant coffee jar that are unopened will last for 2 years.
Opened jars will stay fresh for 1 month.
12 to 18 months
Unopened packages will stay fresh from 18 to 24 months
Opened packages will last for 1 month
Indefinite shelf life
Jams or jellies
Unopened bottles will remain fresh up to 8 months from production date
Opened bottles will stay fresh from 7 to 10 days
Unopened bottles will be good up to 1 year
Opened bottles will last for 4 to 6 months
Unopened are good for 3 to 4 years
Opened jars will last for 6 months if refrigerated
Unopened packages will remain fresh for 2-3 months
Opened packages will also stay fresh for 3 months if stored in a sealed container
Unopened jars can last indefinitely
Opened jars will stay fresh from 2 to 3 months of the “purchase by” date
Unopened jars are good for 3 years
Opened jars will last for 3 months
Olive oil, corn or vegetable
2 years from manufacture date
1 ½ years
Unopened nuts from 1 to 2 years unless they are frozen or refrigerated
Opened containers will stay fresh from 1 to 2 weeks in airtight container
Unopened jars are good for 2 years
Opened jars are good for 6 months
Refrigerate peanut butter will last for 3 months after being opened
Natural peanut butter will remain fresh for 9 months
Pickles and relishes
Unopened jars are good for 18 months
Opened jar are good until the pickles become soft or slippery
Will last up to 2 years from date on box or date of purchase
Unopened bottles are good for12 months after “best by” date
Opened bottles are good up to 9 months if refrigerated
Unopened bottles are good for 2 years
Opened bottles will last for up to 3 months whether left in the cabinet or refrigerated
5 years if stored in a cool, dry place
Unopened cans will last up to1 year from purchase date
Opened cans will last 3 to 4 days if stored in sealed containers and refrigerated
3 ½ years
Unopened will be good for 5 to 10 years
Opened bottles will last up to 2 years
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