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Vegetables
Vegetable Counter Fridge Freezer
Artichokes 3 days
​Asparagus ​3 days ​8-12 months
​Beans, green and waxed ​1-2 weeks ​8-12 months
​Beets ​1-2 weeks ​8-12 months
​Broccoli ​3-5 days ​8-12 months
​Brussels sprouts ​3-5 days ​8-12 months
​Carrots ​1-2 weeks ​8-12 months
​Cauliflower ​1 week ​8-12 months
​Cabbages ​1-2 weeks ​8-12 months
​Celery ​1-2 weeks ​8-12 months
​Corn on the cob ​5 days ​8-12 months
​Cucumber ​1 week
​Eggplant ​2-3 days ​8-12 months
​Green onions ​3-5 days
​Lettuce ​3-5 days
​Mushrooms ​1-3 days ​8-12 months
​Onions, cooking (in cool, dark cupboard) ​3 weeks
​Other greens ​3-5 days ​8-12 months
​Parsley ​2-3 days ​3-4 months
​Peas ​3-5 days ​8-12 months
​Peppers: green, red, yellow, orange ​1 week ​8-12 months
​Potatoes (in cool, dark cupboard) ​2-3 weeks
​Radishes ​1-2 weeks
​Salad greens ​3-5 days
​Spinach ​3-5 days ​8-12 months
​Squash: summer ​3-5 days ​8-12 months
​Squash: winter ​12 months
​Sweet potatoes ​3-4 weeks
​Tomatoes, freeze when ripe ​4-6 days ​3 months/R
​Vegetables, canned ​12 months/U ​3 days/O
Fruits
Fruit Counter Fridge Freezer
Apples 4 weeks 8-12 months
​Avocados, once they’re ripe ​2-3 days/R ​8-12 months/R
​Bananas ​1-3 days ​8 months/R
​Berries ​2-3 days ​8-12 months
​Cherries ​2-3 days ​8-12 months
​Citrus fruit ​3 weeks ​8-12 months
​Cranberries ​1 week ​8-12 months
​Fruit, canned ​12 months/U ​4 days/O
​Fruit, dried ​6 months
​Grapes ​5 days ​10-12 months
​Mangos ​1-3 days ​8 months/R
​Melons ​1 week ​8-12 months
​Nectarines ​1-3 days ​8-12 months
​Papayas ​1-3 days ​8 months/R
​Peaches ​1-3 days ​8-12 months
​Pears ​3-5 days/R ​8-12 months
​Pineapples ​5-7 days ​4-6 months
​Plantains ​1-3 days ​8 months/R
​Plums ​3-5 days/R ​8-12 months
​Rhubarb ​1 week ​8-12 months
Nuts & Coconut
Nut Counter Fridge Freezer
Coconut 6 months 12 months
Nuts 6 months 12 months
Fish & Seafood
Seafood Counter Fridge Freezer
​Crabmeat ​2 days ​2-3 months
​Fish, breaded ​3 months
​Fish, canned ​12 months/U ​2 days/O
Fish, cooked 4 days 4-6 months
​Fish, fatty ​2 days ​2-3 months
​Fish, lean ​2 days ​6 months
​Fish, smoked ​2 weeks ​2 months
​Lobster ​2 days ​2-3 months
​Oysters, fresh ​2 days ​2-3 months
​Scallops ​2 days ​3-6 months
​Shrimp ​2 days ​3-6 months
​Squid ​2 days ​3-6 months
Dried Goods, Cereals, Staples
Dried Good Counter Fridge Freezer
Baking powder 12-18 months
​Baking soda ​12-18 months
​Barley ​18-24 months
​Beans, dried 12 months
​Cereal, cooking ​6 months
​Cereal, ready-to-eat ​3 months/O; 12 months/U
​Flour: unbleached & whole wheat ​6-8 months
​Oatmeal ​6 months
​Popcorn ​24 months
​Pulses, dried ​12 months
​Rice, brown ​12 months
​Rice, white ​18-24 months
​Rice, wild ​12 months
​Sugar, brown ​4 months
​Sugar, white ​18 months
Fats & Oils
Fat or Oil Counter Fridge Freezer
Oils: olive or vegetable 3 months/O; 6 months/U
​Vegetable shortening ​9 months
Meats & Dairy
Meat or Dairy Counter Fridge Freezer
Bacon 1 week 1 month
​Beef: ground, stewing meat, liver ​2 days ​4 months
​Beef: steaks, roasts ​5 days ​12 months
​Butter, salted ​1-3 months ​6-9 months
​Buttermilk ​2 weeks
​Cheese, hard ​1-2 months
​Chicken ​2 days ​9 months
​Cottage cheese ​5-7 days ​2-8 months
​Cream cheese ​B+2 weeks
​Cream, half and half ​4 days ​4 months
​Deli meats ​1 week/O;
2 weeks/U
​1-2 months/O;
1-2 months/U
​Duck ​2 days ​3 months
​Eggs, hard boiled & in shell ​1 week
​Eggs, raw & in shell ​B+3 weeks
​Goose ​2 days ​3 months
​Ice cream ​2 months
​Lamb, chops ​2-3 days ​9 months
​Margarine ​1-3 months ​6-9 months
​Milk, evaporated ​9-12 months/U ​5 days/O
​Milk, fresh ​B+1 week ​B+3 months
​Sausage: raw chicken, turkey, pork, beef ​1-2 days ​1-2 months
​Sour cream ​B+1-3 months
​Pork, chops ​5 days ​6 months
​Sherbet ​2 months
​Tofu ​1 day ​4 weeks
​Turkey ​2 days ​9 months
​Whipped cream ​1 month
​Whipping cream ​B+2 weeks ​B+2 months
​Wild game ​2 days ​3 months
​Yogurt ​B+1 day ​B+2 months
Pasta & Canned Good
Pasta or Canned Good Counter Fridge Freezer
Mayonnaise (commercial) 2-3 months/O;
12 months/U
8 weeks/O
​Noodles: egg, dried ​6 months
​Olives, jar ​24 months/U ​2 months/O
​Pasta, dried ​12-18 months
​Pasta, fresh ​1 week ​1 month
​Pickles, jar ​12 months/U ​2 months/O
​Tomato sauce ​12 months/U ​4 days/O
​Vanilla extract ​12 months/O;
24 months/U
​Vinegar ​12 months/O;
24 months/U
Spices & Herbs
Spice or Herb Counter Fridge Freezer
Spices & Herbs, ground 12 months
Spices & Herbs, whole 24 months
Prepared Foods
Prepared Food Counter Fridge Freezer
​Biscuits ​3-7 days ​2-3 months
Bread 3-7 days 2-3 months
Cakes 1-3 days 6 months
​Cheese cake ​3-7 days ​2-3 months
​Chilli ​36 months/U ​6 months/O
​Cocktail sauce ​36 months/U ​6 months/O
​Coffee, airtight container ​6 weeks
​Cookies, baked ​5-7 days ​4-6 weeks
​Danish ​1-3 days ​2 months
​Doughnuts ​1-3 days ​2 months
​Fruitcake ​8 months ​12 months
​Guacamole ​5-7 days/O;
1 month/U
​2 months/U
​Honey ​6-8 months/O
​Hummus ​5-7 days/O;
1 month/U
​2 months/U
​Jam ​6-8 months/O
​Jellies ​6-8 months/O
​Ketchup ​36 months/U ​6 months/O
​Meat or poultry, cooked ​3-4 days ​2-6 months
​Muffins ​3-7 days ​2-3 months
​Mustard ​36 months/U ​6 months/O
​Pancakes ​3-7 days ​2-3 months
​Peanut butter ​6-8 months/O
​Pie, fruit ​2-3 days ​12 months
​Pie, mincemeat ​2-3 days ​4-8 months
​Pie, pumpkin ​2-3 days 1 month
​Rolls ​3-7 days ​2-3 months
​Salad dressing, bottled ​12-18 months/U ​12 weeks/O
​Salads: egg, chicken, tuna & macaroni ​3-5 days
​Sandwiches ​1-2 days ​1 week
​Sauces ​3-4 days ​2-3 months
​Soups ​3-4 days ​2-3 months
​Stews ​3-4 days ​2-3 months
​Tea, dry, in airtight container ​6 weeks

Legend

B+ Time food is safe beyond the Best Before Date.

/O Opened. Transfer food to another container for storage.

/U Unopened.

/R When ripe.

Use your best judgment when using stored food. If you are unsure, compost it.

Freezer storage times are for quality only.

Do not use food products past their Expiry Date.