Have your bread crumbs gone bad? Is the vegetable oil on the verge? Here is a list of some cupboard staples and their expiration dates. Remember to always store your staples in air tight containers in a cool dry place.
- Brown Sugar: Indefinite shelf life.
- Granulated Sugar: Indefinite shelf life.
- Coffee (canned, ground): 2 years if unopened, 1 month if opened.
- Coffee (whole beans): 1 month in freezer.
- Dried Pasta: 1 year.
- All Purpose Flour: 10 to 15 months, unopened or opened.
- Whole Wheat Flour: 1 to 2 months in pantry, 6 months in freezer.
- White Rice: Indefinite shelf life.
- Brown Rice: 6 months in pantry, 1 year in freezer.
- Bread Crumbs: 3 to 6 months in pantry, 2 years in refrigerator.
- Potatoes: 1 month. Do not refrigerate.
- Onions: 1 to 4 weeks in pantry.
- Nuts: 1 month if unopened, 2 to 3 months in refrigerator or freezer, if opened.
- Honey: Indefinite shelf life.
- Maple Syrup: 1 year in refrigerator, indefinite in freezer.
- Ketchup: 1 year if unopened, 4 to 6 months in refrigerator, if opened.
- Vegetable Oil: 3 months in pantry, 6 months in refrigerator.
- Olive Oil: 12 to 18 months.
- Vinegar: Indefinitely if unopened, 6 months if opened.
- Mayonnaise: Follow use-by-date if unopened, 2 months if opened.
- Soy Sauce: 1 year in refrigerator, if opened.
- Worcestershire Sauce: 12 years, unopened or opened.
- Frozen Vegetables: 18 to 24 months if unopened, 1 month if opened.
- Salsa: 1 year if unopened, 2 weeks in refrigerator, if opened.
Eggs: 3 to 5 weeks in refrigerator.
Pre-Grated Cheese: Follow package date if unopened, 3 to 4 weeks if opened.
- Peanut Butter: 6 months. Keep natural type in the refrigerator.
- Spices: 1 year. Some spices should be refrigerated.
It’s a good idea to periodically check expiration dates on all your pantry supplies.