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    Default Stockpiling Shelf Life

    APPLES
    Fresh: store in the refrigerator up to three weeks
    Frozen: up to 8 months
    Canned: 2 – 3 years unopened
    Home canned: up to 12 months

    APRICOTS
    Fresh: store in the refrigerator 2 – 3 days
    Frozen: up to 6 months
    Canned: 2 – 3 years
    Home canned: 12 months
    Dried: 6 months at room temperature, up to 12 months in freezer

    ARTICHOKE, GLOBE
    Fresh: refrigerate in a plastic bag with a few drops of water, use within 3 days
    Frozen: Up to 6 months
    Canned (hearts): 8 – 12 months

    ASPARAGUS
    Fresh: refrigerate in crisper or loose plastic, use within 2 days. Shelf life can be increased by periodically removing moisture that accumulates.
    Frozen: up to 6 months
    Canned: up to 12 months, some brands up to 3 years

    AVOCADOS
    Fresh: room temperature to ripen, then refrigerate 3 – 5 days
    Frozen: up to 3 months

    BACON
    Fresh: refrigerate up to 7 days
    Frozen: sealed, up to 1 month; the Food Marketing Institute recommends that opened bacon never be frozen.
    Pouch: room temperatue up to 4 months; refrigerate or freeze for longer storage

    BAKING POWDER
    Shelf Life: Room temperature: up to 1 year or until expiration date
    Keep dry and covered

    BAKING SODA
    Shelf Life: room temperature 1-2 years, keep dry and covered

    BANANAS
    Fresh: room temperature until ripe; shelf life can be extended by refrigerating up to 3 days, but the skins will become dark brown.
    Frozen: up to 3 months
    Dried: 6 – 12 months at room temperature; indefinite in freezer

    BARBEQUE SAUCE, BOTTLED
    Shelf life:
    2 years, unopened
    1 month after opening

    BEANS (Green beans, Lima beans, Butter beans, Pinto Beans, Snap beans, or Wax beans)
    Fresh: Refrigerate 1 – 2 days, stored in crisped or loose bags
    Frozen: 6 months
    Canned: 24 months

    BEANS, DRY
    Shelf life dry: 1 -2 years, indefinite if sealed and stored properly
    Refrigerate or freeze after cooking.

    BEEF
    Beef cuts may be refrigerated in supermarket packaging for 1 – 3 days or frozen for up to 2 weeks; for increased storage rewrap tightly in foil or freezer wrap

    Roasts and Steaks:
    Fresh: refrigerate 3 – 5 days
    Freeze: 6 – 12 months

    Ground Beef:
    Fresh: refrigerate 1 – 2 days
    Freeze: 3 – 4 months

    BEETS
    Fresh: refrigerate beets and tops separately, use tops as soon as possible and beet within a week
    Frozen: up to 6 months
    Canned: up to 2 years

    BELL PEPPERS
    Fresh: refrigerate 3 -5 days
    Frozen: up to 6 months
    Jars, Roasted: 6 – 12 months at room temperature

    BERRIES
    Fresh: refrigerate 1 – 2 days
    Freeze: 8 – 12 months
    Canned: 1 year

    BISCUIT, REFRIGERATED DOUGH
    Fresh: refrigerate, use by the “use-by” date on the package, usually within 2 weeks
    Unfrigerated: use within two hours
    Freeze: not recommended by the manufacturers
    Freeze baked biscuits for up to one month

    BLUEBERRIES
    Fresh: refrigerate 1 – 2 days
    Freeze: 8 – 12 months
    Canned: 12 months

    BOUILLON CUBES OR GRANULES
    Shelf life: 2 years
    Tips: keep dry and covered

    BREADS and BREAD DOUGH

    Yeast breads
    Fresh: store at room temperature, cool and dry, 5 – 7 days
    Refrigerate: will limit formation of mold, but bread will go stale more quickly.
    Frozen: up to 3 months if tightly wrapped

    Quick Breads
    Fresh: refrigerate, tightly wrapped, up to 7 days
    Frozen: up to 3 months

    Quick Bread Mix:
    Shelf life: up to 2 years, use by “best if used by date” for best quality
    After this date, the mix is still safe to use and consume, but there may be changes in product flavor, volume, or texture.

    BREAD CRUMBS, DRIED
    Shelf life: 4 – 6 months

    BREAD DOUGH AND BISCUITS, REFRIGERATED
    Fresh: refrigerate, use by the “use-by” date on the package, usually within 2 weeks
    Unfrigerated: use within two hours
    Freeze: not recommended by the manufacturers
    Freeze baked bread or biscuits for up to one month

    BREAD and BISCUITS “OVEN BAKED”, Frozen
    Keep Frozen. If stored in the refrigerator, use within 24 hours or discard.
    Once baked, they can be stored in the freezer for up to one month.

    BREAKFAST MIX, INSTANT BREAKFAST, PROTEIN SHAKE POWDERS
    Shelf life: 6 months

    BROCCOLI
    Fresh: refrigerate 1 – 2 days
    Frozen: up to 6 months

    BROWNIE MIX
    Shelf life: 9 months

    BROWNIES
    After baking, brownies may be wrapped tightly and frozen for up to 2 months.

    BRUSSELS SPROUTS
    Fresh: refrigerate 1 – 2 days
    Frozen: up to 6 months

    BUTTER
    Fresh: refrigerate up to 3 months
    Freeze: up to 9 months

    BUTTERMILK
    Fresh: refrigerate 1 – 2 weeks; will keep several days past expiration date on package.
    Freeze: no recommended

    CABBAGE OR CHINESE CABBAGE
    Fresh: refrigerate in crisper or plastic bag, use within 2 weeks
    Frozen: up to 6 months.
    Packaged cabbage/cole slaw shreds (such as Fresh Express) may be frozen directly in the bag for later use in soups and recipes, for up to 2 months; place in freezer packaging for longer storage.

    CAKES
    Fresh: 2 days at room temperature, up to 5 days in the refrigerator
    Frozen: 4 – 6 months unfrosted, 2 – 3 months if frosted

    Cakes with whipped cream frosting or cream filling must be stored in the refrigerator.
    Cakes with custard or fruit filling should not be frozen, as they become soggy when thawing.

    CAKE MIX
    Shelf life: two years, longer if ingredients are stable

    CASSEROLES, MEAT & GRAVY
    Refrigerate: 3 to 4 days
    Freeze: 2 to 3 months

    CASSEROLE MIX (Hamburger Helper, Campbell’s Supper Bakes, etc)
    Shelf life: 9 – 12 months

    CARROTS
    Fresh: refrigerate 1 – 2 weeks, chill in ice water to crispen if needed
    Frozen: up to 6 months
    Canned: up to 2 years
    Dehydrated/Dried: up to six months, or freeze indefinitely

    CATSUP OR KETCHUP
    Shelf life: unopened, 12 months
    Shelf life: opened, 1 month

    CAULIFLOWER
    Fresh: refrigerate 3 – 5 days
    Frozen: up to 6 months

    CEREALS

    ready to eat (Cold)
    Shelf life: unopened, 6 – 8 months
    Shelf life: opened, 2 months
    Tips: freezing extends shelf life indefinitely. close tightly or transfer to plastic container after opening

    hot, dry mix (grits, cream of wheat, cream of rice, etc)
    Shelf life: 12 months

    CELERY
    Fresh: one week
    Frozen: six months (will become soft, but okay for baking, casseroles, soups etc)

    CHEESE

    Hard cheeses (Cheddar, Edam, Swiss):
    (The harder the cheese, the longer it will keep without deteriorating).
    Unopened hard and wax-coated cheeses: refrigerate for 3 – 6 months.
    Opened: refrigerate up to 3 – 4 weeks
    Freeze up to 3 months

    Grated Hard Cheeses: Parmesan, Romano
    Unopened: store at room temperature up to 6 months
    Opened: Refrigerate 2 – 3 weeks
    Freeze up to 3 months

    Soft cheeses:
    cream cheese and Neufchatel: 2 weeks,
    Cottage and ricotta: up to 5 days.
    Ripe Brie or Camembert: used immediately, within 2 days
    Freeze up to 3 weeks

    American cheese food
    Unopened: store at room temperature up to 6 months
    Opened: Refrigerate 2 – 3 weeks
    Freeze up to 3 months

    CHEESECAKE
    Fresh: refrigerate 3 – 7 days
    Frozen: 4 – 6 months

    CHERRIES
    Fresh: refrigerate 2 – 3 days
    Frozen: 8 – 12 months
    Canned: 3 years
    Home canned: 6 months
    Dried: 3 months at room temperature, or indefinitely in the freezer

    CHILI SAUCE
    Shelf life: unopened, 24 months
    Shelf life: opened, 1 month
    Refrigerate to extend shelf life

    CHOCOLATE

    chips and baking
    Shelf life: 18 months
    Tips: keep cool, but do not refrigerate or freeze

    Chocolate Syrup
    Shelf life: unopened, 2 years
    Shelf life: opened, 6 months

    Cocoa Mixes
    Shelf life: 8 months

    CLAMS
    Fresh: refrigerate to up 7 days, do not use if liquid is frothy
    Frozen: 3 – 4 months
    Canned: 2 years

    COCONUT
    Fresh: store unprepared in the refrigerator for up to 1 week
    Fresh: store raw coconuts shreds in the refrigerator 1 – 2 days
    Pre-packaged/bagged/prepared: 12 months, unopened, freeze indefinitely

    COFFEE
    Shelf life at room temperature:

    * cans, unopened: 2 years
    * cans, opened: 2 weeks
    * instant, unopened: 2 years
    * instant, opened: 2 weeks
    * fresh whole bean, unopened: 2 weeks

    Shelf life in refrigerator or freeze: refrigeration or freezing extends the shelf life significantly. Some people believe that the flavor is altered once refrigerated or frozen.

    COFFEE CREAMER, IMITATION (Coffeemate, Cremora, International Delight, etc.)

    Liquid:
    Store: refrigerate up to 3 weeks.
    Freeze: see package

    Powder:
    Shelf life at 70F: unopened, 9 months
    Shelf life at 70F: opened, 6 months

    COOKIES
    Fresh:
    Homemade: 2 days – 3 weeks, highly variable depending upon the type (crisp, moist, bar, drop, etc).
    Packaged: (grocery store items), shelf life at room temperature: 2 months

    Frozen: up to six months, baked

    COOKIE DOUGH:
    Refrigerated, unopened: until expiration date
    Refrigerated, opened: use within one week
    Frozen: 2 – 6 months unbaked
    Baked: freeze up to 6 months

    COOKIE MIX
    shelf life at 70F: 9 – 12 months

    CORN
    Fresh: refrigerate, use within 2 days
    Frozen: 6 months
    Canned: 24 months

    CORNMEAL
    Shelf life at 70F: 4 – 6 months

    CORNSTARCH
    Shelf life at 70F: 18 months
    Tips: seal tightly. Moisture can cause lumps to form

    CRACKERS
    Shelf life at 70F: 3 months, sealed

    CRANBERRIES
    Fresh: 2 -3 days
    Frozen: up to 2 years
    Canned: 1 – 3 years
    Dried: 6 – 12 months at room temperature, indefinitely in the freezer

    CREAM OR CREAMER

    Cream, Light or half and half:
    Refrigerator:
    Unopened, 4 weeks
    Opened, 1 week

    Cream or heavy whipping cream:
    Refrigerator: 1 week
    Frozen: can be frozen for up to 2 weeks; whipped cream may not ‘whip’ after thawing but is safe to use

    Coffee Whitener/Imitation Creamer (liquid)
    Store: refrigerate up to 3 weeks.
    Freeze: see package

    Coffee Whitener/Imitation Creamer (powder)
    Shelf life at 70F: unopened, 9 months
    Shelf life at 70F: opened, 6 months

    CUCUMBERS
    Fresh: refrigerate up to 5 days
    Frozen: up to 6 months

    CURRANTS
    Fresh: 2 – 3 days in refrigerator
    Frrozen: up to 6 months
    Canned: 1 – 3 years
    Dried: up to 6 months at room temperature, freeze indefinitely

    DATES:
    Fresh: several days
    Frozen: indefinitely
    Dried: room temperature indefinitely, can easily be frozen indefinitely

    DOUGHNUTS, DANISH, PASTRIES
    Fresh: 1 – 3 days
    Frozen: 3 months

    EGGS
    Fresh: store in the refrigerator-
    In shell: 2 – 5 weeks, organic may have longer freshness dates
    Fresh yolks or whites: 4 days
    Boiled in shell, hard boiled: 2 weeks

    Frozen:Whole eggs: blend yolks and whites, store up to 12 months
    Boiled: remove shells, freeze up to 12 months

    EGGPLANT
    Fresh: refrigerate 1 – 2 days
    Frozen: up to 3 months

    EVAPORATED MILK
    Canned (evaporated or condensed): store room temperature up to 1 year
    Canned, opened: refrigerate and use within 7 days

    EXTRACTS (bottled)
    Shelf life at 70F: 4 years

    FENNEL
    Fresh: refrigerate 2 – 5 days
    Frozen: up to 6 months

    FIGS
    Fresh: use immediately or refrigerate for up to 2 days
    Frozen: up to 1 year
    Dried: room temperature up to 4 months, or freeze indefinitely

    FISH
    Fresh: refrigerate and use within one day
    Frozen Fillets and steaks from lean fish: 6 months
    Frozen Fillets and steaks from Fat fish: up to 3 months
    Breaded frozen fish products: up to 3 months
    Canned: up to 4 years
    Pouch: up to 3 years

    FLOUR
    White Flour Shelf life at 70F: 6 – 12 months
    Whole Wheat Flour Shelf life at 70F: 6 – 8 months
    Flour may be refrigerated for up to 2 years

    FOOD COLORING
    Shelf life at 70F: 4 years

    FRANKFURTERS
    Fresh: refrigerate up to 1 week
    Frozen: 2 – 3 months for best flavor and texture

    FROSTING
    Fresh: refrigerate up to 2 weeks
    Canned: unopened 8 months
    Canned: opened, refrigerate up to 2 weeks

    FRUIT, GENERAL
    Fresh: 1 – 2 days in refrigerator; refer to specific fruits for individual requirements
    Frozen: up to 12 months; citrus fruits up to 6 months
    Canned, commercial: up to 3 years unopened. Once opened, refrigerate up to 2 weeks
    Canned at home: up to 1 year is recommended.
    Dried: up to 6 months at room temperature, indefinitely if frozen

    FRUIT JUICE
    Fresh: 3 weeks unopened, 7 – 10 days after opening
    Frozen: 8 – 12 months

    GARLIC
    Fresh, unpeeled: up to six months if kept dry
    Fresh, peeled: refrigerate up to 1 week or freeze up to 1 year
    Dried/powder: store at room temperature up to 3 years

    GELATIN
    Shelf life at 70F: 18 months
    Dry flavored mix: 24 months
    see also Jell-O

    GINGER
    Fresh: refrigerate up to 3 weeks
    Freeze: up to two months
    Dried: up to 2 years
    Crystallized: up to 3 months at room temperature, can be frozen indefinitely

    GRAPEFRUIT
    Fresh: refrigerate 1 – 2 weeks
    Freeze: up to 3 months
    Canned at home: 3 – 6 months
    Canned commercially, up to 3 years
    Dried peel: 6 – 12 months at room temperature, indefinitely in freezer

    GRAPES
    Fresh: refrigerate 1 – 2 weeks
    Frozen: 6 – 12 months
    Canned: 1 – 3 years
    Dried (raisins): up to 4 months at room temperature, freeze indefinitely

    GRAVY
    Fresh: refrigerate up to 3 days
    Freeze: up to 3 months
    Canned (commercial): store at room temperature up to 12 months

    GRAVY MIX
    Store: at room temperature up to 6 – 12 months

    HAM

    Ham, Whole
    Refrigerate: 7 days
    Freeze: 1 to 2 months

    Ham, Half or Slices
    Refrigerate: 3 to 5 days
    Freeze: 1 to 2 months

    Ham, Canned-Opened
    Refrigerate: 3 to 5 days
    Freeze: 1 to 2 months

    Ham, Canned-Unopened
    Freeze: 6 to 9 months

    HERBS
    Fresh: 3 – 4 days, refrigerated
    Dried: 1 – 3 years
    Frozen: not recommended, freezing accelerates the loss of flavor and aroma

    HONEY
    Shelf life at 70F: indefinite, keep tightly sealed
    Refrigerate is not recommended
    Honey will darken with age, but does not spoil.

    HORSERADISH SAUCE
    Shelf life at 70F: 12 months

    HOT DOGS

    Beef and/or Pork:
    Fresh: refrigerate up to 1 week
    Frozen: 2 – 3 months for best flavor and texture

    Chicken and/or Turkey:
    Fresh: sealed package should be refrigerated and stored up to the use by “date” on package, use within 3 days of opening
    Frozen: 2 months

    Corn Dogs: refrigerate up to 4 days, or freeze up to 2 months

    ICE CREAM
    Freeze: up to 1 month in store container; up to 1 year if repackaged or over wrapped to resist moisture vapor.

    JELL-O GELATIN
    Fresh: refrigerate up to 3 days after preparation
    Sugar free, Fresh: Refrigerate up to 2 days, may become watery.

    JELLIES, JAMS
    Store: unopened 12 – 24 months, refrigerate after opening

    KETCHUP
    Shelf life at 70F: unopened, 12 months
    Shelf life at 70F: opened, 1 month
    Tips: refrigerate to extend shelf life

    KIWI or KIWIFRUIT
    Fresh: up to 2 weeks

    KOHLRABI
    Fresh: refrigerate up to 3 days
    Frozen: up to 6 months

    LAMB -— CHOPS, ROASTS, STEAKS, GROUND
    Fresh: refrigerate 3 – 5 days
    Frozen: 6 – 9 months

    LEEKS
    Fresh: refrigerate 3 – 5 days
    Frozen: up to 6 months

    LEMONS
    Fresh: refrigerate up to 3 months
    Canned, home: 3 – 6 months
    Canned, commercial: up to 3 years
    Dried peels: 6 – 12 months at room temperature, indefinite in freezer

    LETTUCE, OTHER SALAD GREENS
    Crisp head lettuces: refrigerate up to 5 days
    Loose leaf and baby green lettuces: refrigerate 1 – 2 days
    Tips: Organic lettuces generally have a longer storage life, up to 2 weeks at room temperature.

    LIMES
    Fresh: refrigerate up to 3 months
    Canned, home: 3 – 6 months
    Canned, commercial: up to 3 years
    Dried peels: 6 – 12 months at room temperature, indefinite in freezer

    LOBSTER (SHELLED OR NOT)
    Fresh, raw: refrigerate 1 -2 days
    Fresh, cooked: refrigerate up to 4 days after cooking
    Frozen, raw: up to 4 months
    Frozen, cooked: up to 2 months

    LOQUATS
    Fresh: 1 – 2 days
    Frozen: 3 months
    Canned: up to 1 year

    LUNCHEON MEATS
    Luncheon Meats- Opened
    Refrigerate: unopened up to 14 days, opened up to 3 to 5 days
    Freeze: 1 to 2 months

    MANGOES
    Fresh: 1 – 2 weeks at room temperature, refrigerate once ripe 1 -2 days
    Frozen: up to 6 months
    Canned: up to 3 years
    Dried: 12 months at room temperature, up indefinitely frozen

    MARGARINE
    Store: refrigerate up to 2 months
    Freeze: sticks up to 6 – 12 months; soft spread margarine should not be frozen

    MARSHMALLOWS
    Shelf life: 2 – 3 months, keep air tight
    Freezer: keep sealed away from moisture, will keep indefinitely

    MARSHMALLOW CREME
    Shelf Life: 2 – 3 months

    MAYONNAISE
    Shelf life at 70C: unopened, 2 months or longer, check expiration dates.
    Refrigerator: Refrigerate after opening, up to 2 months
    Freezer: not recommended.

    MELONS
    Fresh: room temperature, refrigerate up to 3 weeks. Store separately from other sensitive produce. Once cut open, use within 2 -3 days
    Frozen: 8 – 12 months

    MILK

    Fresh, conventional: refrigerate up to 7 days, usually fresh up to 3 days after the “sell by” date listed on the carton.
    Fresh, organic: refrigerate up to 2 months, usually fresh up to 1 week after the “sell by date” listed on the carton
    Frozen: not recommended, may become watery.

    Canned (evaporated or condensed): store room temperature up to 1 year, once opened, refrigerate and use within 7 days

    MOLASSES
    Shelf life at 70F: unopened, 2 years
    Shelf life at 70F: opened, 6 months

    MUFFINS
    Fresh: 1 – 2 days at room temperature, or refrigerate up to 7 days
    Frozen: 2 – 3 months, if sealed tightly

    MUFFIN MIX
    Shelf life at 70F: 9 – 12 months
    Safe to use after the “best if used by date” but may be changes in quality or texture

    MUSTARD
    Squeeze bottles: store at 70F unopened for up to 12 months, up to 4 months after opening
    Glass bottles: store at 70F unopened up to 18 months, up to 6-8 months after openi
    Packets unopened, 70F: 6 months

    Refrigeration: Dijon & Horseradish Mustard should be refrigerated after opening to preserve heat and distinct flavor. Refrigeration is not required for food safety of mustards.

    MUSHROOMS, WHITE
    Fresh: refrigerate 1 – 2 days
    Frozen: up to 6 months
    Canned: up to 12 months

    NECTARINES
    Fresh: ripen at room temperature, refrigerate 3 – 5 days after ripening
    Frozen: 8 – 12 months
    Canned: 1 – 4 years
    Dried: 6 – 12 months at room temperature, indefinite in freezer

    NUTS
    Fresh in shell: 4 months
    Jars and cans: up to 1 year unopened, 1 -2 weeks after opening
    Refrigerate up to four weeks
    Freeze: up to 2 years

    OKRA
    Fresh: refrigerate 1 -2 days
    Frozen: 6 months

    OLIVES
    Fresh: 1 – 2 months in refrigerator after curing
    Canned: 1 year, refrigerate after opening
    HOME CANNING is not recommended

    OLIVE OIL
    Classic, 70F: 20 months
    Extra Light, 70F 20 months
    Extra Virgin, 70F: 17 months

    Shelf life of olive oil is variable, so smell and taste product to confirm freshness.

    ONIONS
    Fresh: keep cool and dry, with good air circulation, for several months. Do not refrigerate
    Frozen: up to 6 months
    Dried/Dehydrated: up to 6 months; freeze for indefinite storage

    ORANGES
    Fresh: store at room temperature 3 days, or refrigerate up to 2 months
    Canned, home: 3 – 6 months
    Canned, commercial: up to 3 years
    Dried peels: 6 – 12 months at room temperature, indefinite in freezer

    PANCAKES
    Fresh: 1 – 2 days at room temperature, or refrigerate up to 7 days
    Frozen: 2 – 3 months, if sealed tightly

    PANCAKE MIX
    Shelf life at 70F: 6 – 9 months

    PAPAYAS
    Fresh: ripen at room temperature, store refrigerated 3 – 4 days
    Frozen: 6 months
    Canned: 2 years
    Dried: 6 months, or freeze indefinitely

    PARSNIPS
    Fresh: refrigerate up to 2 weeks
    Frozen: 6 months

    PASTA
    Fresh: refrigerate 1 – 2 days or freeze
    Frozen: up to 30 days, longer if package is well insulated
    Dried, regular: 1 – 2 years room temperature
    Dried, egg noodle: 6 months at room temperature
    Cooked: toss with oil to coat and seal, store for up to 2 days in refrigerated, or 1 month in freezer

    PEACHES
    Fresh: store at room temperature. Once ripened, use immediately or refrigerate up to 5 days.
    Frozen: 6 – 12 months
    Canned: 8 – 12 months home canned, 4 years commercially canned
    Dried: 6 – 12 months, freeze for indefinite storage

    PEANUT BUTTER
    Shelf life at 70F: unopened, 6 – 12 months
    Shelf life at 70F: opened, 2 – 3 months

    PEARS
    Fresh: ripe at room temperature, refrigerate up to 5 days
    Frozen: 8 – 12 months
    Canned: 1 year home canned, 2 years commercially canned
    Dried: 6 months, or freeze for indefinite storage

    PEAS
    Fresh: refrigerate, use within 2 days
    Frozen: 6 months
    Canned: 2 years
    Refrigerate opened canned peas and use within 2 days

    PECTIN
    Shelf life at 70F: 12 months

    PEPPERS, Red or Sweet
    Fresh: refrigerate 3 -5 days
    Frozen: up to 6 months
    Jars, Roasted: 6 – 12 months at room temperature

    PERSIMMONS
    Fresh: store at room temperature until ripe, use immediately
    Frozen: pulp may be frozen up to 1 year

    PESTO
    Fresh: Cover with olive oil and refrigerate up to 2 weeks
    Jar/Canned: up to 12 months

    PICKLES
    Shelf life at 70F: 12 months; refrigerate after opening

    PIE

    Fruit Pie:
    Fresh: room temperature up to 2 days, or refrigerate up to 7 days
    Frozen: up to 4 months

    Custard or Cream pies:Fresh: refrigerate up to 2 days
    DO NOT FREEZE

    Nut Pies/Pecan pies:
    Fresh: room temperature up to 2 days, refrigerate up to 7 days
    Frozen: up to 4 months

    Unbaked Pies:
    Fruit pies may be frozen before baking, up to 2 weeks

    Quiche:
    Fresh: refrigerate up to 2 days

    PIE CRUST, REFRIGERATED DOUGH
    Fresh: store up to 1 week, see USE BY date on packaging
    Frozen: unbaked, freeze up to 2 months

    PIE CRUST MIX

    Shelf life: up to 9 months, use by “best if used by date” for best quality

    PINEAPPLE
    Fresh: room temperature or refrigerate 1 – 2 days. Will not ripen on standing
    Frozen: 8 – 12 months
    Canned: 12 months (commercial)
    Dried: 6 – 12 months at room temperature. Freeze dried fruit for indefinite storage.

    PIZZA DOUGH
    Fresh: use by date on packaging
    Frozen: use by date on packaging
    Once baked, freeze pizza dough up to 1 month.

    PLUMS and PRUNES
    Fresh: ripen at room temperature, then refrigerate up to 5 days
    Frozen: 8 – 12 months
    Dried: 6 months

    POMEGRANATES
    Fresh: keep for several weeks at room temperature, or up to 1 month in the refrigerator
    Frozen: 6 – 12 months

    POPCORN
    Microwave packets: Store unopened on shelf for 12 months
    Jar/kernel: Store unopened on shelf for 2 years
    Pre-popped: unopened room temperature 2 -3 months, 1 -2 weeks after opening

    PORK

    Pork Roasts
    Refrigerate: 3 to 5 days
    Freeze: 6 to 12 months

    Pork Chops
    Refrigerate: 3 to 5 days
    Freeze: 4 to 8 months

    Ground Pork & Stew Meat
    Refrigerate: 1 to 2 days
    Freeze: 3 to 4 months

    Pork Sausage
    Refrigerate: 1 to 2 days
    Freeze: 1 to 2 months

    Variety Meats
    Refrigerate: 1 to 2 days
    Freeze: 3 to 4 months

    See also Ham, Bacon, Frankfurters, Sausage, Luncheon Meats

    POTATOES, WHITE or SWEET
    Fresh: store in a cool dark dry place 2 – 4 weeks, longer if conditions are suitable
    Frozen: up to 6 months
    Canned: up to 2 years
    Dried/Dehydrated/Instant: room temperature up to 3 months, can be frozen indefinitely

    PUDDING
    Fresh: Prepared pudding can be refrigerated up to two days.
    Ready to Eat refrigerated pudding should be used within the “use by date” on the package.

    PUDDING MIX
    Shelf life at 70F: 6 – 12 months

    PUMPKIN
    Fresh: store in cool dry location up to 1 month
    Frozen: up to 3 months
    Canned: up to 12 monthsStore opened canned pumpkin in a sealed container in the refrigerator up to 1 week, or up to 3 months in the freezer.

    POULTRY
    Fresh: Refrigerate 1 – 2 days
    Frozen: whole – 1 year, pieces – 9 months, giblets – 3 months
    Ready to use portions: freeze up to 9 months

    QUINCE
    Fresh: store at room temperature until ripe, refrigerate up to 2 weeks away from apples and pears

    RAISINS
    Store up to 4 months at room temperature, freeze indefinitely

    RICE

    White Rice (regular or enriched), uncooked
    Shelf life at 70F: room temperature 1 – 2 years or more
    Freezer: indefinitely
    Cooked: Refrigerate up to 6 days, freeze up to 6 months

    Brown, uncooked
    Shelf life at 70F: Store at room temperature up to 6 months
    Refrigerator or Freezer: up to 18 months
    Cooked: Refrigerate up to 6 days, freeze up to 6 months

    Instant Rice
    Shelf life: white, indefinite at room temperature
    Shelf life: brown, one year; longer if refrigerated

    RICE MIX
    Shelf life at 70F: 6 -18 months
    Freeze: up to 18 months

    RHUBARB
    Fresh: refrigerate 3 – 5 days
    Frozen: 8 – 12 months

    SALAD DRESSING
    Bottled:
    unopened, room temperature 10 – 12 months
    Opened: refrigerate for up to 2 weeks

    SALAD DRESSING MIX
    unopened: room temperature up to 8 months
    Prepared: refrigerate up to 2 weeks

    SALAD OIL/VEGETABLE OIL
    Shelf Life at 70F: unopened, up to 24 months
    Once opened, store at room temperature up to 3-12 months

    Tips: Certain oils are more delicate, and become rancid quickly. Refrigeration is not necessary, but store in a cool, dark place in a tightly sealed container.

    SAUCE MIX
    Shelf life at 70F: 6 – 12 months

    SAUSAGE, SMOKED, DRY AND SEMI-DRY SAUSAGE

    Sausage, fresh, Pork
    Refrigerate: 1 to 2 days
    Freeze: 1 to 2 months

    Sausage, Smoked
    Refrigerate: 7 days
    Freeze: 1 to 2 months

    Sausage, Semi-dry & Dry
    Refrigerate: 2 to 3 weeks
    Freeze: 1 to 2 months

    Summer Sausage-Opened
    Refrigerate: 3 weeks
    Freeze: 1 to 2 months

    Summer Sausage-Unopened
    Refrigerate: 3 months

    Pepperoni, Sliced
    Refrigerate: 2 to 3 weeks

    SCALLOPS
    Fresh: Refrigerate 1 to 2 days, or freeze 3 to 4 months
    Frozen: commercially frozen scallops can be frozen up to 18 months if properly frozen

    SHORTENING
    Can, unopened, store up to 2 years at room temperature.
    Once opened, the canned shortening will remain fresh up to 12 months

    Sticks, sealed, store up to 2 years at room temperature.
    Once opened, shortening sticks remain fresh up to 6 months

    SHRIMP
    Fresh: refrigerate and use within 2 days or freeze 3 – 6 months
    Frozen: commercially frozen shrimp can be frozen up to 18 months if properly stored

    SOUP
    Fresh vegetable: refrigerate up to 7 days, or freeze up to 4 months
    Fresh with Meat: Refrigerate 3 to 4 days or freeze up to 2 months
    Fresh Meat Broth: Refrigerate 1 to 2 days or freeze up to 3 months
    Canned: unopened up to 12 months, refrigerate up to 7 days after opening

    SOUP MIX
    Shelf Life at 70F: up to 12 months

    SOUR CREAM
    Store sour cream in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks (manufacturer recommendation).

    SPICES AND SEASONINGS
    whole spices and seeds: 3 – 4 years
    ground spices: 2 – 3 years
    leafy herbs: 1 -3 years
    seasoning blends: 1 – 2 years

    SPINACH
    Fresh: refrigerate 1 – 2 days, or freeze up to 6 months
    Frozen: 6 months
    Canned: 1 year

    SQUASH, SUMMER (soft-skinned, such as Cocozelle, Crookneck, Pattypan, Straightneck, White Scallop, Zucchini)
    Fresh: refrigerate and use within 7 days
    Frozen: up to 6 months

    SQUASH, WINTER (hard-skinned, such as Acorn, Banana, Buttercup, Butternut, Golden Delicious, Hubbard, Spaghetti)
    Fresh: store at room temperature and use within 3 weeks
    Frozen: up to 6 months

    SUGAR
    Brown, Shelf life at 70F: 4 months
    Confectioners or Powdered. Shelf life at 70F: 18 months
    Granulated. Shelf life at 70F: 2 years

    SWEET POTATOES
    Fresh: store in a cool dark dry place 2 – 4 weeks, longer if conditions are suitable
    Frozen: up to 4 months
    Canned: up to 2 years

    SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK
    Canned (evaporated or condensed): store room temperature up to 1 year
    Canned, opened: refrigerate and use within 7 days

    SYRUPS
    Shelf life at 70F: 12 months

    TARTAR SAUCE
    Shelf life at 70F: 12 months

    TEA
    Bags Shelf life at 70F: 18 months
    Instant Shelf life at 70F: 3 years
    Loose Shelf life at 70F: 2 years

    TOASTER PASTRIES
    Shelf life at 70F: 2 – 3 months

    TOFU
    Fresh: 1 week in the refrigerator
    Frozen: up to 5 months

    TOMATOES
    Fresh: ripen at room temperature, then refrigerate up to 2 days
    Frozen: up to 6 months
    Canned: up to 12 months
    Dried: 3 months at room temperature, or indefinite if stored frozen

    TOMATO SAUCE
    Canned: up to 24 months

    TOMATO PASTE
    Canned: up to 24 months

    TORTILLAS
    Fresh: 1 week
    Frozen: 3 months

    TURKEY
    Fresh: refrigerate up to 4 days, or freeze up to 2 months
    Frozen: up to 3 months

    TUNA, canned
    Canned: up to 4 years at room temperature
    Pouch: up to 3 years at room temperature
    Once opened, refrigerate up to 3 days or repackage and freeze up to 3 months

    TURNIPS OR PARSNIPS
    Fresh: use tops as soon as possible, store turnips or parsnips in the refrigerator for up to 7 days
    Frozen: 3 months

    VEGETABLES, GENERAL
    Fresh: 1 – 2 days in refrigerator; refer to specific vegetables for individual requirements
    Frozen: 6 – 12 months
    Canned, commercial: up to 3 years unopened. Once opened, refrigerate up to 3 days
    Canned at home: up to 6 months is recommended.
    Dried: store up to 6 months

    VANILLA EXTRACT
    Shelf life at 70F:
    unopened, 2 years
    opened, 12 months

    VINEGAR
    Shelf life at 70F, unopened:

    * Apple Cider Vinegar: 18 Months
    * Distilled White Vinegar: 42 Months
    * Malt Vinegar: 24 Months
    * Salad Vinegar: 42 Months
    * Tarragon Vinegar: 30 Months
    * Wine Vinegar: 18 Months

    Use within one year of opening

    WHIPPING CREAM
    Fresh: Refrigerate up to 7 days unopened.
    Frozen: Sweetened whipped cream, but product may not “whip” after freezing

    WHIPPED TOPPING (cool whip)
    Fresh: refrigerate up to 2 weeks
    Frozen: 2 – 3 months
    Thaw and refreeze up to 5 times

    YAMS
    Fresh: store in a cool dark dry place 2 – 4 weeks, longer if conditions are suitable
    Frozen: up to 6 months
    Canned: up to 2 years

    YEAST
    Shelf life at 70F: see package expiration date
    Tips: refrigerate to extend shelf life

    YOGURT
    Fresh: refrigerate up to 45 days
    Probiotic products may have shorter storage life, and should not be frozen

    WAFFLES
    Fresh: 1 – 2 days at room temperature, or refrigerate up to 7 days
    Frozen: 2 – 3 months, if sealed tightly
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    Thanks for the tips. I didn't know you could refreeze cool whip.

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    Default Re: Stockpiling Shelf Life

    I'm bookmarking this page....

    Have you frozen boiled eggs? I'm interested to know if the taste or texture is changed at all by freezing.

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    Wow, this is quite a list. Thank you very much!

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    Default Re: Stockpiling Shelf Life

    You learn something new everyday! What a great list, going to print this and keep it on hand.

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    This is a nice list to have, thanks!

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    Wow! Thanks! I learned quite a lot! I am going to definitely print this and keep it handy!! It's good knowing somethings you don't have to throw away right off hand.
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    Default Re: Stockpiling Shelf Life

    exactly what I was looking for this is great information. Thank you so much for taking the time to make this wonderful list.

 

 

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