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    Default Shelflife of Food Items

    In keeping with the site being a place to learn I copied this off of another site. It may have been covered in another thread so forgive me if it is.

    PRETTY GOOD REFERENCE FOR LONG TERM FOOD STORAGE ~ Your mileage may vary ~ not a complete list but a good start.

    Shelf life data provided:

    NOTE: Shelf life data below gives specific foods and average shelf life assuming optimum storage conditions.

    Foods kept at lower temperatures extend their shelf life.

    Foods vac sealed - last longer

    Shelflife of Food Items
    * NOTE: Shelf life info from various sources. (See links below.)
    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 1-423-509-2361
    Beans, can, Black, Progresso - 24 months 1-800-200-9377
    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 1-800-242-1227
    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 1-800-543-5335
    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 1-800-270-2743
    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+ 1-888-884-7269
    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 1-800-543-3090
    Fruit, Pear, canned - 24 months
    Fruit, Pear halves, Del Monte - 24-30 months 1-800-543-3090
    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 1-800-551-5167
    Juice, can, Dole - 24-36 months (800) 232-5942
    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 1-800-237-7805
    Juice, Pineapple, Del Monte - 18 months
    Juice, Snappy Tom Cocktail Juice, Del Monte - 18 months
    Juice, Tomato, Del Monte - 24 months 1-800-543-3090
    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 1-800-523-4635
    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 1-800-523-4635
    Meat substitutes (air & moisture proof @ 0° F. freezer) - 4 months
    Meat, Tuna, canned – 48-60 months
    Meat, Tuna, Starkist - 4-6 years 1-800-252-1587
    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 1-888-884-7269
    Milk Alternate, Morning Moo brand powdered - 5 years in original bag (7 years in bucket) Food storage and gluten-free food products - Augason Farms
    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 1-800-338-8831
    Oil, Corn, Mazola (Best Foods) – 18 months from pkg. Date1-800-338-8831
    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 1-800-328-7248
    Pasta, Shells - 8+ years (in #10 can with oxygen absorber)
    Pasta, Spaghetti - 8 years (in Mylar pouch)
    Pasta, Spaghetti - 10+ years vac packed
    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 1-800-543-7276
    Peanut Butter, Jiffy - 24 months
    Peanut Butter, Skippy - 24 months
    Peanuts 24-36 months
    Peanuts, Planter's - 24-36 months 1-800-622-4726
    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 1-800-543-7276
    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 (435) 654-2660
    Soup Broth, Chicken Broth, Swanson - 18 months
    Soup, Campbell - 18-24 months 1-800-871-0988
    Soup, canned - 3+ years
    Soup, Country Kitchen - 36 months
    Soup, Progresso - 36 months 1-800-200-9377
    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 1-800-523-4635 (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 1-800-543-3090
    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 1-800-543-3090
    Vegetables, Hominy - 12 months
    Vegetables, Libby's - 36 months+ 1-888-884-7269
    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 1-800-328-6787
    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 (Do not 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+ 1-888-884-7269
    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 1-800-435-5300
    An old West Virginia Hillbilly saying:
    You can't get the water to clear up, until you get the pigs out of the creek.

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    Good work! Thanks!
    "Sometimes paranoia is just having all the facts." - William S. Burroughs

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    Wish I could take credit for this. I found it on another site when doing a search for longetivity of Bear Creek soups. I posted it because I want to see a little more learning curves in the daily threads. It seems threads have gotten a bit heavy on tin foil and weapons lately and I feel there should be a balance of usefull information in the daily post. I am not against tin foil and weapons just want more practical information for those learning, myself included.
    An old West Virginia Hillbilly saying:
    You can't get the water to clear up, until you get the pigs out of the creek.

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    I think this should be a sticky. Some of the best info I've seen in a while.

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    Here are some alternitive views on shelf life (found this site somewhere on here a while ago:
    http://grandpappy.info/hshelff.htm )




    Canned Food Study One

    A Food and Drug Administration Article about a shelf life test that was conducted on 100-year old canned foods that were retrieved from the Steamboat Bertrand can be read at the following link:

    http://web.archive.org/web/200705091.../CON00043.html

    Following is a brief summary of a very small portion of the above article:

    "Among the canned food items retrieved from the Bertrand in 1968 were brandied peaches, oysters, plum tomatoes, honey, and mixed vegetables. In 1974, chemists at the National Food Processors Association (NFPA) analyzed the products for bacterial contamination and nutrient value. Although the food had lost its fresh smell and appearance, the NFPA chemists detected no microbial growth and determined that the foods were as safe to eat as they had been when canned more than 100 years earlier. The nutrient values varied depending upon the product and nutrient. NFPA chemists Janet Dudek and Edgar Elkins report that significant amounts of vitamins C and A were lost. But protein levels remained high, and all calcium values 'were comparable to today's products.'"

    "NFPA chemists also analyzed a 40-year-old can of corn found in the basement of a home in California. Again, the canning process had kept the corn safe from contaminants and from much nutrient loss. In addition, Dudek says, the kernels looked and smelled like recently canned corn."

    "According to a recent study cosponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and NFPA, canned foods provide the same nutritional value as fresh grocery produce and their frozen counterparts when prepared for the table. NFPA researchers compared six vegetables in three forms: home-cooked fresh, warmed canned, and prepared frozen. 'Levels of 13 minerals, eight vitamins, and fiber in the foods were similar,' says Dudek. In fact, in some cases the canned product contained high levels of some vitamins that in fresh produce are destroyed by light or exposure to air."


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    Canned Food Study Two

    A canned food shelf life study conducted by the U.S. Army revealed that canned meats, vegetables, and jam were in an excellent state of preservation after 46 years.

    The Washington State University summary article can be read at:

    http://www.whatcom.wsu.edu/family/facts/shelflif.htm


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    Dry Food Study One

    A scientific study conducted at Brigham Young University on the shelf life of a variety of different dry foods can be read at both of the following links:

    http://ce.byu.edu/cw/womensconferenc...ns/pdf/52a.pdf
    http://www.providentliving.org/conte...4222-1,00.html

    A brief summary of the above web site information shows the following estimated shelf life per dry food item:

    Over 30 years for wheat and white rice.
    30 years for pinto beans, macaroni, rolled oats, and potato flakes.
    20 years for powdered milk.

    All dry food items should be stored in airtight moisture proof containers at a temperature between 40F to 70F.
    Salt, baking soda, and granulated sugar still in their original containers have no known shelf life limit if properly stored.


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    Dry Food Study Two

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/2..._for_years.htm

    Following are some direct quotes taken from the above web site:

    Food scientists now know that, when properly sealed, some dried food that's been sitting on shelves for years, could still be OK to eat.

    "It lasts a lot longer than we thought," Oscar Pike a food scientist at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, tells DBIS.

    Scientists have known certain foods like sugar and salt can be stored indefinitely, but wanted to learn the shelf life of other food like dried apples -- stored since 1973 -- tried by taste testers.

    "I like to call it the emergency shelf life of the food, food that you'd still be willing to eat in an emergency," Pike says. "It's not as though it were freshly canned, but it's certainly edible."

    He says the best foods to store are low in moisture, like wheat and powered milk. But keep all foods away from heat and light to stop it from going stale and losing nutritional value. "All the foods that we've tested have been stored at room temperature or below, so you want to avoid attic and garage storage."

    In the study, researchers taste-tested rolled oats that had been stored in sealed containers for 28 years. Three-fourths of tasters considered the oats acceptable to eat in an emergency.


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    Dry Food Study Three

    http://beprepared.com/article.asp?ai...cd2=1213479534

    Following are some quotes taken from the above web site:

    It is important to first identify what is meant by "food storage" and "shelf life." "Food storage" that is intended to be held long-term is generally considered to be low moisture food packed in either #10 cans or in metalized bags placed within large buckets. "Shelf life" can be defined in the following two ways:

    "Best if used by" shelf life - Length of time food retains most of its original taste and nutrition.

    "Life sustaining" shelf life - Length of time food preserves life, without becoming inedible.

    There can be a wide time gap between these two definitions. For example, most foods available in the grocery store that are dated have a "Best if used by" date that ranges from a few weeks to a few years. On the other hand, scientific studies have determined that when properly stored, powdered milk has a "Life sustaining" shelf life of 20 years. That is, the stored powdered milk may not taste as good as fresh powdered milk, but it is still edible.

    Shelf life is extremely dependent on the following storage conditions:

    Temperature: Excessive temperature is damaging to food storage. With increased temperature, proteins breakdown and some vitamins will be destroyed. The color, flavor and odor of some products may also be affected. To enhance shelf life, store food at room temperature or below; never store food in an attic or garage.
    Moisture: Excessive moisture can result in product deterioration and spoilage by creating an environment in which microorganisms may grow and chemical reactions can take place.
    Oxygen: The oxygen in air can have deteriorative effects on fats, food colors, vitamins, flavors, and other food constituents. It can cause conditions that will enhance the growth of microorganisms.
    Light: The exposure of foods to light can result in the deterioration of specific food constituents, such as fats, proteins, and vitamins, resulting in discoloration, off-flavors, and vitamin loss.

    EXAMPLES OF SHELF LIFE:

    Recent scientific studies on dehydrated food have shown that food stored properly can last for a much longer period of time than previously thought. This research determined the "life sustaining" shelf life to be the following:




    Dry Food Item Shelf Life:

    Wheat, White Rice, and Corn

    30 years or more

    Pinto Beans, Apple Slices, Macaroni

    30 years

    Rolled Oats, and Potato Flakes

    30 years

    Powdered Milk

    20 years
    ...

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    Just taking one example from the list;

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


    I really question that. If cheese is waxed and kept cool it should last for years..that is how it is aged...yes, no? What am I missing?

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    Just taking one example from the list;

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


    I really question that. If cheese is waxed and kept cool it should last for years..that is how it is aged...yes, no? What am I missing?

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    Thanks guys, for all this good info. However, I was surprised by the Canned Food studies. Glad to hear it.

    Im concerned I may have stored too many foods that require WATER to rehydrate it. Lately Ive been thinking
    about adding more canned-high fluid content foods [ready to eat soups, speghetti sauce, applesauce, etc].

    All this talk about Food, is making me hungry....BRB....off to see what's in the fridge. LOL.

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    Awesome list thank you!

    I have purchased Bega Canned Cheese because my son loves cheese and thought why not! I purchased 10 cans of it at Emergency Essentials and recently found that another online preparedness retailer, Emergency Outdoors, sells it for cheaper (the shipping is cheaper; which makes the order cheaper, trying to save penny's in this economy).

    The cheese tastes great and it stores for 10 - 15 years!

    Hope this helps someone.

    - Sara

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    Great info. Canned food last considerably longer than the date on the can says. I use myself as the lab rat for some at home testing.
    We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.
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    I am the powdered donut KING!!!

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