Monday, August 17, 2009

Expiration Date - Good to Know

Find out when common food, drinks & household items expired

Meat & 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 & Veggie

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

Expired


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

Expired


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

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