Expiration Dates - Good to KNOW

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

 
Find out when common food, drinks, & household items expire.


Meats & Alternatives

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


Dairy Products

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



Breads & Cereals

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

Fruits & Veggies

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)

Condiments & Dressing

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)

Beverages

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

Beauty Products

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

Household Products

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

Others

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


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6 comments

  1. yg biasa expired : losyen. sbb rajin baru sapu. ms beli suka aja ambik ;)

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  2. semalam terminum nescafe paket 3 in 1 yang dah tamat tempoh..gatal tekak ar.. adoiii sekarang dah ok..nasib baik!

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  3. menarik info ni. sambil baca, sambil dok terbayang apa ada dlm fridge/food cabinet...

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  4. thanks for the info... tapi i sesekali memang punggah dapur buang apa yg patut hehehe

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  5. nice list.. really helpful =)

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  6. tq fiza. bagus posting ni. helpful...

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