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Pantry staples & condiments: Expiration dates for safe stocking & bulk purchases

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.

Expiration dates for safety - check your pantry!
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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.

Barbecue sauce

1 year

Brown sugar

Shelf life is indefinite when stored in a moisture proof container in a cool, dry place.


1 year from the production date.

Cocktail sauce

1 year


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.

Dried pasta

12 months

Frozen dinners

12 to 18 months

Frozen vegetables

Unopened packages will stay fresh from 18 to 24 months

Opened packages will last for 1 month


Indefinite shelf life


1 year

Hot sauce

3 years

Jams or jellies

1 year


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

Maple syrup

1 year

Maraschino cherries

Unopened are good for 3 to 4 years

Opened jars will last for 6 months if refrigerated


1 year


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


2 years


Unopened jars are good for 3 years

Opened jars will last for 3 months

Olive oil, corn or vegetable

2 years from manufacture date

Pasta sauce

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

Peanut butter

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


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

Salad dressing

Unopened bottles are good for12 months after “best by” date

Opened bottles are good up to 9 months if refrigerated


1 year


1 year

Soy sauce

Unopened bottles are good for 2 years

Opened bottles will last for up to 3 months whether left in the cabinet or refrigerated

Steak sauce

3 years


5 years if stored in a cool, dry place

Tea bags

2 years

Teriyaki sauce

3 years

Tuna, canned

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

Worcestershire sauce

Unopened will be good for 5 to 10 years

Opened bottles will last up to 2 years

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