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Pantry Storage Guidelines: As stated on Refrigerator Food Storage, foods cost money.
Increasing fuel prices also drives up the cost of food. It makes good sense to take care of the food you spend your hard-earned money on.
Information on knowing how to store food correctly will prolong the life of your food. It also reduces the risk of E-coli and salmonella, which keeps you and your family safe and healthy.
You become your own five-star restaurant by implementing these proper refrigerator and pantry storage tips. Make your food:
Use the handy chart below to help you get the most from your food!
Read the label. Check the best before dates. Most foods are safe if stored longer, but flavor and value deteriorate. Throw out anything that is spoiled.
Keep you and your family safe.
When in doubt, throw it out!
The Recommended Storage Times (RST) below apply to unopened packages, unless stated otherwise.
|Cereal Grains:||Store in airtight containers after opening. Keep away from light and heat.|
|Bread crumbs (dry)||3 months|
|Cereals (ready-to-eat)||8 months|
|Rolled oats||6-10 months|
|White flour||1 year|
|Whole wheat flour||3 months|
|Canned Foods:||Times are for unopened cans. After opening, store in airtight container in refrigerator.|
|Evaporated milk||9-12 months|
|Other canned foods||1 year|
|Dry Foods:||Store in airtight containers, away from light and heat after opening.|
|Baking powder, baking soda||1 year|
|Beans, peas, lentils||1 year|
|Chocolate (baking)||7 months|
|Coffee (ground)||1 month|
|Coffee (instant)||1 year|
|Coffee creamer||6 months|
|Fruit (dried)||1 year|
|Jell-O powder||2 years|
|Mixes (cake, pancake, biscuit)||1 year|
|Mixes (pie filling, pudding)||18 months|
|Potatoes (instant)||1 year|
|Skim milk powder||Unopened (1 year); Opened (1 month)|
|Sugar (all types)||Several years|
|Tea bags||1 year|
|Jam, jellies||1 year (once opened, store covered in refrigerator)|
|Mayonnaise, salad dressings||Unopened (6 months); Opened (1-2 months -- store covered in refrigerator)|
|Peanut butter||Unopened (6 months); Opened (2 months)|
|Pectin - liquid||Unopened (1 year); Opened (1 month -- store covered in refrigerator); Powdered (2 years)|
|Sandwich spread||8 months (once opened, store covered in refrigerator)|
|Syrups - corn, maple, table||1 year|
|Vegetable oils||1 year (once opened, store covered in refrigerator)|
|Yeast (dry)||1 year|
[Note: Information obtained from Texas Agricultural Extension Service, The Texas A&M University System.
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Here are links to other kitchen-related pages:
Go to: Kitchen Safety Tips
Go to: Kitchen Tips
Go to: Organizing a Kitchen
Go to: Pots & Pans Storage
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