Saturday, January 22, 2011

Expiry Dates on Food

 

Find out when common food, drinks, & household items expire.
 

 
Item Refrigerated Frozen
Eggs 4 to 5 weeks -
Fish 1 to 2 days 4 to 6 months
Ground Meat 1 to 2 days 3 to 4 months
Poultry 1 to 2 days 12 months
Steak 3 to 5 days 6 to 8 months
Canned Tuna 1 year  
Canned Tuna (opened) 3 to 4 days  
 


 


Item Refrigerated
Cheddar 3 to 6 months
Cottage Cheese 2 weeks
Grated Parmesan 12 months
Swiss Cheese 3 to 6 months
Processed American 8 months
Chocolate Bar 1 year
Marshmallows (opened) 40 weeks
Marshmallows (unopened) 3 months
 


 


Item Shelf Life
Crackers 3 to 6 months
Plain Bread 2 weeks
Oatmeal 12 months
Instant Cereal 2 to 3 months
Pasta 24 months
White Rice 24 months
Brown Rice 6 months
 


 


Item Shelf Life
Bananas 3 to 6 days
Apples 6 months
Onions 2 weeks
Potatoes 4 weeks
Maraschino Cherries 3 to 4 years
Green Olives (jarred & unopened) 3 years
Green Olives (jarred & opened) 3 months
Pickles (unopened) 18 months
Pickles (opened) n/a (do not eat if slippery or soft)
 



Item Refrigerated
Yellow Mustard 6 to 8 months
Ketchup 24 months
Mayonnaise 3 to 4 months
Jams & Jellies 18 months
Salad Dressings 3 months
Brown Sugar 4 months
Honey never expires
Maple Syrup 1 year
Olive Oil 2 years from manufacture date
Steak Sauce 33 months (color affected but still safe to eat)
Tabasco Sauce 5 years
Soy Sauce (Bottled) 2 years
Soy Sauce (opened) 3 months (taste changes but still safe to eat)
Vinegar 42 months
Worcestershire Sauce 2 years (5 to 10 years if unopened)

Item  
Ground Coffee (unopened) 2 years
Ground Coffee (opened) 1 month, refrigerated
Gourmet Coffee beans 3 weeks
Gourmet Coffee ground 1 week if sealed
Instant Coffee (unopened) 2 years
Instant Coffee (opened) 1 month
Unopened Soda (plastic bottle) 3 months (from 'best by' date)
Opened Soda (plastic bottle) doesn't spoil (but taste is affected)
Unopened Juice Bottle 8 months from production date
Opened Juice Bottle 7 to 10 days
Wine (unopened) 3 years from vintage date
Wine (opened) 1 week refrigerated and corked
Fine Wine 20 to 100 years
Item  
Bar Soap 18 to 36 months
Bath Gel ( Body Wash ) 3 years
Bath Oil 1 year
Body Bleaches (unopened) 2 years
Body Bleaches (used) 6 months
Body Lotion 3 years
Eye Cream (unopened) 3 years
Eye Cream (opened) 1 year
Face Lotion 3 years
Face Lotion with SPF check the expiration date
Item  
Aerosol Air Freshener 2 years
Antifreeze (premixed) 1 to 5 years
Antifreeze (concentrate) never expires
Alkaline Batteries 7 years
Lithium Batteries 10 years
Bleach 3 to 6 months
Dish Detergent (liquid or powder) 1 year
Fire Extinguisher 12 years
Fire Extinguisher (rechargeable) service/replace every 6 years
Metal Polish 3 years
Miracle Gro 3 to 8 years
Miracle Gro (water-soluble) never expires
Motor Oil 2 to 5 years
Motor Oil (opened) 3 months
Mr. Clean 2 years
Paint (unopened) about 10 years
Paint (opened) 2 to 5 years
Spray Paint 2 to 3 years
Windex 2 years
Wood Polish 2 years
Foundation (water-based) 3 years
Foundation (oil-based) 2 years
Hair Gel 2 to 3 years
Hair Spray 2 to 3 years
Lip Balm (unopened) 5 years
Lip Balm (opened) 1 to 5 years
Lipstick 2 years
Mascara (unopened) 2 years
Mascara (opened) 3 to 4 months
Mouthwash 3 years from manufacture date
Nail Polish 1 year
Nail Polish Remover never expires
Perfume 1 to 2 years
Rubbing Alcohol about 3 years
Shampoo 2 to 3 years
Shaving Cream 2 years
Tooth Whitening Strips 13 months
Moist Wipes (unopened) 2 years
Moist Wipes (opened) until completely dry
Item  
Frozen Dinners 12 to 18 months
Ground Coffee (opened) 1 month, refrigerated
Gourmet Coffee beans 3 weeks
Gourmet Coffee ground 1 week if sealed
Instant Coffee (unopened) 2 years
Instant Coffee (opened) 1 month
Frozen Vegetables (unopened) 18 to 24 months
Frozen Vegetables (opened) 1 month
Peanuts (unopened) 1 to 2 years
Peanuts (opened) 1 to 2 weeks
Peanut Butter (natural) 2 years
Peanut Butter (processed) 6 months (refrigerate after 3 mo.)
Protein Bars 10 to 12 months
Tea Bags 2 years
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