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How Long Does Stored Food Last? ***A must have list***

Posted by on Nov. 9, 2012 at 9:27 AM
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How Long Does Stored Food Last?

Meat and Poultry - Uncooked

  • Chicken and turkey - Nine months
  • Steaks, beef - Six to 12 months
  • Chops, pork - Four to six months
  • Chops, lamb - Six to nine months
  • Roasts, beef - Six to 12 months
  • Roasts, lamb - Six to nine months
  • Roasts, pork and veal - Four to six months
  • Stew Meats - Three to four months
  • Ground meats - Three to four months
  • Organ meats - Three to four months

Dairy Products

  • Butter/margarine - Six to nine months
  • Cheese, soft and spreads, dips - One month
  • Cheese, hard or semi-hard - Six months
  • Eggs in shell- Do not freeze
  • Ice cream - One month
  • Milk / Cream - Three weeks

Dried Food Items - Shelf Life

  • Baking powder/soda - 18 months
  • Bread Crumbs - Six months
  • Cereals - Six months
  • Coffee creamer, dry - Six months
  • Flour/cake mixes - One year
  • Gelatin/pudding mixes - One year
  • Herbs/spices - Six to 12 months
  • Milk, nonfat dry - Six months
  • Pancake/pie crust mixes - Six months
  • Pasta/noodles - Two years
  • Potatoes, instant - 18 months
  • Rice, white - Two years
  • Sugar, granulated - Two years
  • Sugar, brown, confectioners'- Four months

Fruits & Vegetables

Commercially frozen fruits will last up to a year in your freezer. Commercially frozen vegetables have a life-span of only eight months. Another option for storing these items for long periods is canning them. If you plan to buy these items in bulk, on a regular basis, it would be a good investment to consider purchasing a canning machine to insure the food is kept air-tight.

Beans

Dried beans kept free from moisture can last for several years. This is an excellent way to stretch your money, plus beans are full of protein for healthy eating.

Drinks

Most juices that you buy, such as apple juice, can last 3-5 years un-opened. If you are unsure of how long your juice will last, contact the manufacturer consumer phone number.

Optional Items

  • Chocolate - unsweetened 18 months
  • Coffee, vacuum pack - One year
  • Milk, canned - One year
  • Molasses - Two years
  • Nuts - Eight months
  • Oils/salad dressings - Three months
  • Peanut butter (unopened) - Six months
  • Sauces, condiments, relishes (unopened) - One year
  • Shortening - Eight months
  • Syrups - One year
  • Tea - 18 months
by on Nov. 9, 2012 at 9:27 AM
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Noni2319
by Chrissy on Nov. 9, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Thank you! This is fantastic.

jaytee
by Jen on Nov. 9, 2012 at 11:05 AM
Tfs :-)
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Stevied13
by Steph on Nov. 9, 2012 at 5:59 PM
This is great!
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stellarmom1
by Becca on Nov. 9, 2012 at 6:41 PM
Thanks!!
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wendums1229
by Wendi on Nov. 11, 2012 at 6:17 PM

 

Quoting Noni2319:

Thank you! This is fantastic.

 your very welcome "~@)

wendums1229
by Wendi on Nov. 11, 2012 at 6:18 PM

 

Quoting jaytee:

Tfs :-)

 anytime :~@)

wendums1229
by Wendi on Nov. 11, 2012 at 6:54 PM

 

Quoting Stevied13:

This is great!

 tyvm :~@)

wendums1229
by Wendi on Nov. 11, 2012 at 6:55 PM

 

Quoting stellarmom1:

Thanks!!

 welcome

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