Friday, November 21, 2008

Product Expiration Dates

I actually don't remember how I came across this info but I somehow ended up on Real Simple's website on an article about product expiration dates.

They have compiled a list of 77 items with expiration dates that may surprise you.

Some of the ones that I found useful were:

Brown sugar: Indefinite shelf life, stored in a moistureproof container in a cool, dry place.

Frozen vegetables: Unopened: 18 to 24 months

Opened: 1 month

Juice, bottled (apple or cranberry): Unopened: 8 months from production date

Opened: 7 to 10 days

Peanut butter, natural: 9 months

Peanut butter, processed (Jif): Unopened: 2 years

Opened: 6 months; refrigerate after 3 months

Salad dressing, bottled: Unopened: 12 months after "best by" date

Opened: 9 months refrigerated

Batteries, alkaline: 7 years

Fire extinguisher, rechargeable: Service or replace every 6 years

Fire extinguisher, nonrechargeable: 12 years

Paint: Unopened: Up to 10 years

Opened: 2 to 5 years

There are many, many more listed which may be helpful at the Real Simple website!


Jenny said...

I have always loved peanut butter for its long shelf life. It's convenient!

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