Thursday, March 20, 2014

Expiration Dates


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