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Food Shelf Life

Food Shelf Life

This page contains information on why and how to store food while living off the grid, also you will find useful tips on how to satisfy most of your food needs without having to rely on the city for vegetables and grains. Storing food off the grid is very essential if you want to declare your independence and be fully or mostly self suffecient.

Shelf life of different foods

If you go the extra mile and decide to store food such as vegetables and grains, you will greatly reduce your dependence on the outside world (stores, supermarkets ...) because that's just one thing you will not worry about if something goes wrong with our food supplies. Here is a list of some essential foods and how long they can be stored. Please be mindful that the way you store the food can affect the shelf life below. For example storing it in a dry vs humid place...

Baking powder18 months
Baking soda2 years
Beans/peas1 year
Biscuit, muffin mix9 months
Bouillon cube1-2 years
Bread crumbs, dry6 months
Cake, prepared3 days
Cake mixes1 year
Canned foods, sealedover 2 years
Catsup, hot sauce sealed1 year
Opened and refrigerated1 month
Cereal, sealed1 year
Cereal, opened and refrigerated1 month
Cheese, grated parmasan sealed10 months
Cheese, grated parmasan refrigerated2 months
Chocolate, unsweetened18 months
Chocolate, semi-sweet18 months
Chocolate syrup, sealed2 years
Chocolate syrup, opened and refrigerated6 months
Cocoaindefinitely
Cocoa mix8 months
Coconut, shredded or canned sealed1 year
Coconut, shredded or canned opened and refrigerated6 months
Coffee, cans or bags sealed2 years
Coffee, cans or bags opened2 weeks
Coffee, instant sealed1-2 years
Coffee, instant opened1-2 months
Coffee creamers, dry sealed9 months
Coffee creamers, dry opened6 months
Cookies, homemade2-3 weeks
Cookies, packaged2 months
Corn syrupup to 3 years (refrigerate to extend shelf life)
Cornmeal1 year
Corn starch18 months
Crackers3 months
Fish, canned3-5 years
Flour, white or wheat6-8 months
Frosting, canned sealed3 months
Frosting, mix sealed8 months
Fruit, dried or dehydrated6 months
Fruit, fresh3-5 days (longer in refrigerator)
Fruit juice, canned9 months
Fruit juice, drink boxes9 months
Gelatin18 months
Grits1 year
Honey1 year
Hot roll mix18 months
Jellies / jam, sealed1 year
Jellies / jam, opened and refrigerated2 months
Marshmallows2-3 months
Mayonnaise, sealed4-6 months
Mayonnaise, opened and refrigerated2 months
Milk, condensed sealed1 year
Milk, evaporated sealed1 year
Milk, nonfat dry6 months
Milk, shelf stable sealed2-3 months
Molasses, sealed2 years
Molasses, opened and refrigerated6 months
Mustard, sealed2 years
Mustard, opened and refrigerated8 months
Nuts, in shell sealed4-6 months
Nuts, vacuum canned1-3 years
Nuts, vacuum canned opened3 months
Onions, fresh2 weeks
Pancake syrup, sealed18 months
Pancake syrup, opened and refrigerated4 months
Pasta, dry (spaghetti, macaroni, etc)2 years
Pasta, dry egg noodles6 months
Peanut butter, sealed9 months
Peanut butter, opened (natural pb must be refrigerated)3 months
Pie crust mix8 months
Pies and pastries3 days
Popcorn, unpopped2 years
Potatoes, instant mix6-12 months
Potatoes, fresh2-4 weeks
Powdered drink mix2 years
Pudding mix1 year
Rice, white2 years
Rice, brown wild1 year
Rice, flavored or herb6 months
Salad dressing, sealed1 year
Salad dressing, opened and refrigerated3 months
Salad dressing, made from mix2 weeks
Shortening (solid)8 months
Sauces and gravy mixes1 year
Soft drinks / sodas / caffeinated beverages6 months
Soup mix, dry1 year
Soy sauce, sealed3 years
Soy sauce, opened and resealed9 months
Spices and herbs6 months - 2 years
Sugar, brown4 months
Sugar, powdered / castor / confectioners / fine18 months
Sugar, granulated2 years
Sweet potatoes, fresh1-2 weeks
Artificial sweetener2 years
Tea, bags18 months
Tea, instant3 years
Tea, loose2 years
Toaster pastries2-3 months
Vanilla (and other extracts), sealed2 years
Vanilla (and other extracts), opened1 year
Vegetable oils, sealed6 months
Vegetable oils, opened1-3 months
Vinegar, sealed2 years
Vinegar, opened1 year

More information: We hope this page was helpful and provided you with some information about food shelf life, you can also check our other page Raising Animals. Or for more information check out our main page for more survival scenarios here Survival Guide, knowledge is light, and knowledge can enhance your life. good luck!

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