May 28, 2011

Is this still good?

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Have you ever wondered if the open ketchup bottle that's been sitting in the fridge is still fresh? Or if that bag of chips is still edible? Here's a helpful list of expiration dates for common kitchen & household products. 

In the kitchen

Chocolate candy bar 
Sealed: 1 year from production date
Opened: 5 days

Coffee (canned ground)
Sealed: 2 years
Opened: 1 month refrigerated

Coffee (instant)
Sealed: Up to 2 years
Opened: Up to 1 month

Potato Chips
Sealed: 1-2 months
Opened: 2 weeks

Dried pasta
12 months

Frozen dinners
Sealed in packaging: 12 to 18 months

Frozen veggies
Sealed: 18 to 24 months
Opened: 1 month

Indefinite shelf life

Sealed: 1 year 
Opened: 4 to 6 months

Maple syrup (real or imitation)
1 year

Sealed: 40 weeks
Opened: 3 months

Sealed: Indefinitely
Opened: 2 to 3 months from “sell by” date.

Sealed: 2 years 
Opened: 6 months

Olives ( in jar)
Sealed: 3 years
Opened: 3 months

Olive oil
2 years from manufacture date 

Peanut butter (processed i.e. Peter Pan etc)
Sealed: 2 years
Opened: 6 months

Sealed: 18 months
Opened: Throw away if slippery or too soft

Rice (white)
2 years from date on box or date of purchase

Salad dressing (bottled)
Sealed: 12 months after “best by” date
Opened: 9 months refrigerated

Canned Soda (regular)
Sealed: 9 months from “best by” date
Opened: Doesn’t spoil, but taste may go flat

Steak sauce
Sealed: 33 months 
Opened: 2 years

Sealed: Indefinite
Opened: 5 years, stored in a cool, dry place

Tea bags 
Use within 2 years of package being opened

Tuna (canned)
Unopened: 1 year from date of purchase
Opened: 3 to 4 days, not stored in can

42 months (Sealed or Opened)

Around the house

Antifreeze (concentrate)

Batteries (Alkaline)
7 years

Batteries (Lithium)
10 years

3 to 6 months

Dish detergent (liquid or powdered)
1 year

Laundry detergent (liquid or powdered)
Sealed: 9 months to 1 year
Opened: 6 months

Motor oil
Sealed: 2 to 5 years
Opened: 3 months

Sealed: Up to 10 years
Opened: 2 to 5 years

Spray paint
2 to 3 years

Bar soap
18 months to 3 years

Body wash
3 years

Body bleaches & depilatories
Sealed: 2 years
Opened: 6 months

Body lotion
3 years

2 to 3 years

Sealed: 2 years
Opened: 1 to 2 years

Foundation (oil-based)
2 years

Foundation (water-based)
3 years

Hair spray
2 to 3 years

Lip balm
Sealed: 5 years
Opened: 1 to 5 years

2 years

Sealed: 2 years
Opened: 3 to 4 months

Three years from manufacture date

Nail polish
1 year

1 to 2 years

Rubbing alcohol
3 years

2 to 3 years

Shaving cream
2 years or more

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