Join our community of Solution Seekers!

77 Surprising Expiration Dates

A handy keep-or-toss guide to 77 foods, beauty products, and household goods.

By Maya Kukes and Lisa Smith
0403shelf-life-ketchup-sodaKeateRealSimple.com

 

Olives, jarred (green with pimento)

Unopened: 3 years

Opened: 3 months

 

Olive oil

2 years from manufacture date (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume)

 

Peanuts

Unopened: 1 to 2 years unless frozen or refrigerated

Opened: 1 to 2 weeks in airtight container

 

Peanut butter, natural

9 months

 

Peanut butter, processed (Jif)

Unopened: 2 years

Opened: 6 months; refrigerate after 3 months

 

Pickles

Unopened: 18 months

Opened: No conclusive data. Discard if slippery or excessively soft.

 

Protein bars (PowerBars)

Unopened: 10 to 12 months. Check “best by” date on the package.

 

Rice, white

2 years from date on box or date of purchase

 

Salad dressing, bottled

Unopened: 12 months after “best by” date

Opened: 9 months refrigerated

 

Soda, regular

Unopened: In cans or glass bottles, 9 months from “best by” date

Opened: Doesn’t spoil, but taste is affected

 

Steak sauce

33 months (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume)

 

Tabasco

5 years, stored in a cool, dry place

 

Tea bags (Lipton)

Use within 2 years of opening the package

 

Tuna, canned

Unopened: 1 year from purchase date

Opened: 3 to 4 days, not stored in can

 

Soy sauce, bottled

Unopened: 2 years

Opened: 3 months (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume)

 

Vinegar

42 months

 

Wine (red, white)

Unopened: 3 years from vintage date; 20 to 100 years for fine wines

Opened: 1 week refrigerated and corked

 

Worcestershire sauce

Unopened: 5 to 10 years (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume)

Opened: 2 years

 
Read More About:Home & Organizing

What do you think about this article? Share your own solutions and ideas

View Earlier Comments
Advertisement

Quick Tip

Mythic Paint

Home stores and paint shops will often sell, for a fraction of the regular price, cans of paint that customers returned because the color was not quite right for them. Get more tips.