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Food Storage List

This page shows various foods that can be stored with some ideas on how to safely store them as well as their shelf life. This is shown in the table named Table of Foods to be Stored as shown below. The columns in this table are as follows:

The first column lists the name of the item.

The second column lists the estimated shelf life (in months) of the item. Note that this estimated shelf life is only an estimate. If your product has a printed shelf life or expiration date on it, let that override any info in this column.

The third column has a set of coded letter-combinations that describe the proper ways in which the item may be stored. Each letter-combination is a link to a page that describes more details about how to store it. If you just want to see what the method is and not visit that page, just let the mouse cursor hover over the desired number and the name of that kind of storage will appear.

The Key to the methods is as follows:

Coded Letter

Storage Method 

PS

As Purchased from Store

SP

Sealed Plastic Containers

BJ

Home Bottled in Jars

TC

Sealed Tin Cans

FR

Freezer

MB

Mylar Bags

CT

Storage Cans and Tubs

 

 

Table of Foods to be Stored

 Item SL (Mo.) Storage Method

Applesauce

18 

PS BJ 

Apricots

18

PS BJ

Baking Powder

24 

PS

Baking Soda

 36

PS

Beans - Pinto (Dry)

36 

SP TC

Beans - Refried

24 

 PS TC

Beans - White

 36

SP TC

Beef

 

BJ FR

 Beef - Canned

 18

 PS

Beef Stew

 18

PS

Cherries

 18

PS  SP BJ TC FR

Bouillon - Beef

 24

 PS  CT

Bouillon - Chicken

 24

 PS CT

Cake Mixes

 18

 PS CT

Carrots (Canned)

 24

FR

Carrots - Dehydrated

 

SP TC MB

Chicken

 

BJ FR

Chicken - Broth

 18

 PS BJ FR

Chicken - Canned

 36

PS

Cocoa

 36

 PS  SP TC MB CT

Cocoa Mix

 24

PS  SP TC MB CT

Cold Cereal

 24

PS  SP MB CT

Cooking Oil Spray

 24

PS CT

Corn - Canned

 24

PS TC

Corn Meal

 

PS MB CT

Cornstarch

 36

PS MB CT 

Corn Syrup

 36

PS

 Crackers

 18

 PS CT

Crisco

 36

PS

Crisco - Butter

 36

PS

Dried Apples

 

SP TC MB CT

Fish - Canned

 60

PS

Flavors - Almond Extract

 36

PS CT

Flavors - Maple

 36

PS CT

Flavors - Root Beer

 24

 PS CT

Flavors - Vanilla

 36

PS CT 

Flour

 18

SP TC MB

Fruit Drink - Liquid

 24

PS BJ

 Fruit Drink - Powder

 36

  SP TC MB

 Fruit Snacks 12

PS CT

Gravy Mixes

24

PS CT

Green Beans

24 

PS BJ TC FR CT

Honey

 240

PS  SP BJ 

Jams

 24

PS  SP BJ FR

Jell-O

 24

 PS CT

Ketchup

 18

PS 

Kool-Aid

 36

 PS CT

Lemonade

 36

 PS FR MB CT

Margarine

 

 PS FR

 Mac & Cheese 12

 PS CT

 Meats - Canned  18

PS

Milk - Canned

 12

 PS

Milk - Powdered

 12

  SP TC MB

Miracle Whip

 12

 PS

Muffin Mixes

 12

 PS CT

Mustard

 12

 PS

Noodles - Egg, Lasagna, Macaroni, Spaghetti

 12

PS CT 

Oats - Quick

 12

SP TC

Oats - Regular

 12

SP TC

Oil

 12

 PS

Olives

 36

PS

Onions - Dried

 24

SP TC MB

Peaches

 18

 PS BJ TC FR

Peanut Butter

 12

PS

Peanuts

 24

PS  SP TC 

Pears

 18

PS BJ TC FR

Peas - Dried

 

PS  SP TC MB

Pectin

 24

 PS

Pickles

 12

PS BJ

Pickle Relish

 24

PS BJ

Pineapple

 18

PS FR

Pizza Mix

 

SP TC MB 

Popcorn

 12

SP BJ TC MB

Potatoes - Dried

 12

PS BJ TC MB

Powdered Cheese

 

PS TC MB

Powdered Drinks

 36

PS CT

Powdered Eggs

 

PS TC MB

Pudding

 24

PS TC MB CT

Raisins

12 

PS FR CT 

Ramen Noodle

 12

PS CT

Rice

 12

SP TC

Salad Dressing

 12

PS 

Soup

 18

PS 

Spaghetti Sauce

 18

PS BJ TC FR 

Spices - Allspice

 24

PS CT

Spices - Basil

 24

 PS CT

Spices - Bay leaves

 24

PS CT 

Spices - Cayenne Pepper

 24

 PS CT

Spices - Chili Powder

 24

PS CT 

Spices - Cinnamon

 24

 PS CT

Spices - Cloves

 24

PS CT 

Spices - Cumin

 24

 PS CT

Spices - Garlic Salt

 24

PS CT 

Spices - Ginger

 24

 PS CT

Spices - Lemon Pepper

 24

PS CT 

Spices - Mustard

 24

 PS CT

Spices - Nutmeg

 24

PS CT 

Spices - Oregano

 24

 PS CT

Spices - Paprika

 24

PS CT 

Spices - Pepper

 36

 PS CT

Spices - Poppy Seed

 24

PS CT 

Spices - Salt

 36

 PS CT

Sugar - Brown

 60

PS  SP CT

Sugar - Powdered

 60

 PS  SP CT

Sugar - White

 60

PS  SP CT

Syrup - Maple

 12

 PS

Tomato - Paste

 12

PS BJ TC

Tomato - Sauce

 12

PS BJ TC

Tuna fish

 60

 PS TC

 Vegetables - Canned

 24

 PS

Vinegar

 24

 PS

Vitamins - C

 36

 PS

Vitamins - Multi

 

 PS

Wheat

 

  SP TC MB

Yeast

 18

 PS

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