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Bakery
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Baking & Cooking
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Baking powder
6–18 Months
3–6 Months
Baking soda
2–3 Years
6 Months
Biscuit or pancake mix
12 Months
Package use–by date
Cake, brownie, bread mixes
12–18 Months
Package use–by date
Chili powder
2 Yeas Total
2 Years
Chocolate, unsweetened and semi–sweet, solid
1–2 Years
1 Year
Cocoa and cocoa mixes
Indefinitely
1 Year
Cornmeal, regular, degerminated
6–12 Months
1 Year
2 Years
Cornmeal, stone ground or blue
1 Month
2–4 Months
Not recommended
Cornstarch
18–24 Months
18 Months
Extracts, vanilla, lemon, etc*
4 Years*
4 Years*
Flavored or herb mixes
6 Months
Flour, white
6–12 Months
1 Year
6-8 Months
Flour, whole wheat
3–6 Months
6-8 Months
Frosting or icing
10–12 Months
2-3 Weeks
Check Label
Gelatin, flavored
18 Months
Use entire packet; 3-4 Months
Gelatin, unflavored
3 Years
Use entire packet
Herbs, dried
1-2 Years
1-2 Years
Nut oils
6 Months
Oils, olive or vegetable
6-12 Months
4 Months
3-5 Months
Seasoning blends
1-2 Years
1-2 Years
Shortening, solid
1-2 Years
6-12 Months
Spice, ground
2-3 Years Total
2-3 Years
Spices, whole
3-4 Years Total
3-4 Years
Sugar substitutes
2 Years
Never spoils
Sugar, brown
18 Months
Sugar never spoils
Sugar, confectioners
18 Months
Sugar never spoils
Sugar, granulated
2 Years
Sugar never spoils
Tamarind paste
6-12 Months
2-3 Months
6 Months
Tapiocas
12 Months
12 Months
Vegetable oil sprays
2 Years
1 Year
Yeast
See expiration date
* Pure vanilla extract lasts indefinitely.
Beverages
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* Considered safe indefinitely.
Condiments and Sauces
Shelf Stable Foods Unopened in Pantry Refrigerator After Opening
* Opened or unopened.
Dairy Products
Product Refrigerated Frozen
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
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Meat & Seafood
Product Refrigerated Frozen
Refrigerated Dough & Pasta
Product Refrigerated Frozen
Shelf Stable Food—Baby Food
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Shelf Stable Food—Meat and Poultry
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Shelf Stable Food—Other Items
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Vegetarian Proteins
Product Unopened in Pantry Refrigerated Frozen