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How Long To Keep Staple Items

on 1.14.2015 at 8:35am

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staple itemsTrying to decide how long to keep staple items? These are items that are good to keep on hand in the pantry, but that doesn’t mean you can keep them there forever.

While you don’t want to them go bad, you also don’t want to throw them out too soon and waste that item plus the money. Here is a guide on how long to keep your staple items. Writing down the date somewhere on the package or bottle can help you keep track!

How Long To Keep Staple Items:

Brown Sugar: Indefinite
Chocolate: 1 year
Coffee (canned ground): 1 month
Honey: Indefinite

Ketchup: 6 months
Maple Syrup: 1 year
Mustard: 2 years
Olive Oil: 1 year
Pasta (dried): 1 year

Peanut Butter: 3 months
Tabasco: 5 years
Soy Sauce: 3 months
Vinegar: 3 ½ years
White Rice: 2 years

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    • Shalena

      Is this from the time you buy it or from when it actually expires???

      • Amanaki

        It would have to be after the best buy date or from the date you opened the package. The time between a product being sealed in its production facility and that same product being sold in stores can vary from weeks to years. Try it sometime. Compare the “best by” dates from the same item across different stores.

    • Mel

      I disagree with most of this!! Coffee is vacuum sealed keeps alot longer (It has expiration dates on the cans!!) Olive oil goes rancid sooner than a year,so does white rice (you can smell when both are bad). Ketchup unopened in a cool place also has longer expirations dates check bottle for date!!! I could go on and on. CHECK DATES ON PRODUCTS. Keep all staples in a cool dry area!!!

    • marysc

      Regular peanut butter keeps for years

    • Ruby McGhee

      chocolate lasts about 2 days around here