Pantry Storage Guidelines


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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 a five star restaurant with proper refrigerator food storage:

  • Safe food to eat
  • Most of the nutrients remain
  • Your health is improved by eating healthy food
  • Texture and flavor are retained
  • Save money by not wasting food

Use the handy chart below to help you get the most from your food!

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Pantry Storage Guidelines -- General Information

Read the label. Check the best before dates. Most foods are safe if stored longer, but flavor and value deteriorates. Throw out anything that is spoiled.

Keep you and your family safe. When in doubt . . . throw it out!

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Pantry Food Storage Guidelines
Recommended Storage Information

The Recommended Storage Times (RST) apply to unopened packages (unless stated otherwise).

Food ItemRST
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
Cornmeal6-8 months
Crackers6 months
PastaSeveral Years
RiceSeveral Years
Rolled oats6-10 months
White flour1 year
Whole wheat flour3 months
Canned Foods:Times are for unopened cans. After opening, store in airtight container in refrigerator.
Evaporated milk9-12 months
Other canned foods1 year
Dry Foods:Store in airtight containers, away from light and heat after opening.
Baking powder, baking soda1 year
Beans, peas, lentils1 year
Chocolate (baking)7 months
Cocoa10-12 months
Coffee (ground)1 month
Coffee (instant)1 year
Coffee creamer6 months
Fruit (dried)1 year
Gelatin1 year
Jell-O powder2 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 bags1 year
Miscellaneous Foods:n/a
Honey18 months
Jam, jellies1 year (once opened, store covered in refrigerator)
Mayonnaise, salad dressingsUnopened (6 months); Opened (1-2 months -- store covered in refrigerator)
Molasses2 years
Nuts1 month
Peanut butterUnopened (6 months); Opened (2 months)
Pectin - liquidUnopened (1 year); Opened (1 month -- store covered in refrigerator); Powdered (2 years)
Sandwich spread8 months (once opened, store covered in refrigerator)
Syrups - corn, maple, table1 year
Vegetable oils1 year (once opened, store covered in refrigerator)
VinegarSeveral years
Yeast (dry)1 year

I hope these pantry storage guidelines were helpful!

[Note: Information obtained from Texas Agricultural Extension Service, The Texas A&M University System]


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