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Bakery
Bakery Foods Unopened in Pantry Refrigerator After Opening Freezer
Baking & Cooking
Product Unopened in Pantry Refrigerator After Opening In Pantry After Opening
* Pure vanilla extract lasts indefinitely.
Beverages
Product Unopened in Pantry Refrigerated Refrigerator After Opening In Pantry After Opening
* Considered safe indefinitely.
Condiments and Sauces
Shelf Stable Foods Unopened in Pantry Refrigerator After Opening
* Opened or unopened.
Dairy Products
Product Refrigerated Frozen
Butter
1–3 Months
6–9 Months
Buttermilk
1–2 Weeks
3 Months
Cheese, hard (such as cheddar, swiss, block parmesan)
6 Months unopened; 3–4 weeks opened
6 Months
Cheese, parmesan, shredded
12 Months
3–4 Months
Cheese, processed slices
3–4 Weeks
Does not freeze well
Cheese, shredded, cheddar, mozzarella, etc.
1 Month
3–4 Months
Cheese, soft (such as brie, bel paese)
1–2 Weeks
6 Months
Coffee creamer, liquid refrigerated
3 Weeks
See package instructions
Cottage cheese, ricotta
1 Week; 2 weeks unopened
Does not freeze well
Cream cheese
2 Weeks
Does not freeze well
Cream, half and half
3–4 Days
4 Months
Cream, heavy
10 Days
3–4 Months
Cream, light
1 Week
3–4 Months; use for cooking
Cream, whipped, sweetened
1 Day
1–2 Months
Cream, whipping, ultrapasteurized
1 Month unopened; 1 week opened
Do not freeze
Dips, sour cream based
2 Weeks
Do not freeze
Egg substitutes, liquid
10 Days
Do not freeze
Egg substitutes, opened
3 Days
Do not freeze
Egg substitutes, unopened
10 Days
Do not freeze
Eggnog, commercial
3–5 Days
6 Months
Eggs, hard boiled (cooked)
1 Week
Does not freeze well
Eggs, in shell
3–5 Weeks
Not recommended
Eggs, raw whites, yolks
2–4 Days
12 Months
Kefir (fermented milk)
1 Week after date; opened 1–2 days
Do not freeze
Margarine
6 Months
12 Months
Milk, plain or flavored
1 Week
3 Months
Pudding
Package date; 2 days after opening
Do not freeze
Sour cream
7–21 Days (follow date on package)
Does not freeze well
Whipped cream, aerosol can
3–4 Weeks
Do not freeze
Whipped topping, aerosol can
3 Months
Do not freeze
Whipped topping, tub
2 Weeks
14 Months
Yogurt
7–14 Days
1–2 Months
Deli & Prepared Foods
Deli Foods Refrigerated Frozen
Foods Purchased Frozen
Frozen Items Freezer Refrigerator After Thawing
Fresh Fruits
Fresh Fruits Shelf Refrigerator Freezer
Fresh Vegetables
Fresh Vegetables Shelf Raw, Refrigerator Frozen*
*It is recommended to blanch or cook vegetables before freezing.
Grains, Beans & Pasta
Product Unopened in Pantry Refrigerator After Opening In Pantry After Opening
Meat & Seafood
Product Refrigerated Frozen
Refrigerated Dough & Pasta
Product Refrigerated Frozen
Shelf Stable Food—Baby Food
Product Unopened in Pantry Refrigerator After Opening In Pantry After Opening
Shelf Stable Food—Meat and Poultry
Product Unopened in Pantry Refrigerate After Opening
Shelf Stable Food—Other Items
Product Unopened in Pantry Refrigerator After Opening In Pantry After Opening
Vegetarian Proteins
Product Unopened in Pantry Refrigerated Frozen