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 Post subject: Re: Shelf Life of Foods-storage chart
PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2010 3:13 pm 
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Food Storage Guidelines

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Food Storage Guidelines
http://www.storeitfoods.com/shelf-life

How long can you safely store food? The guidelines which follow will provide some paramaters for that safe food storage. Be aware, however, that these are indeed "guidelines." Foods will often remain edible, and safely edible, beyond the timelines shown. Commercially prepared canned and packaged foods often have "Best Before" or "Use by" dates imprinted. Use of foods after these expiry dates means you may find that the quality of these foods in the form of color or texture has been affected, and possibly but not necessarily the nutrition. In the case of the fresh foods that have been placed into your food storage, there is, of course, definitely a need to be wary. Spoilage is much more likely to accompany that decrease in quality. Note, too, that the signs of spoilage are not always obvious. A slight slimy feel to meat, for instance, is easily missed but often means that bacterial action has begun, even without the presence of telltale odors.

In any case, err on the side of caution. Rotate your foods. Use the oldest first. Be aware of the guidelines, even if you don't follow them exactly. When in doubt, throw it out. Be safe, not sorry.

Food Storage and Shelf Life

The following shelf life chart was originally prepared by Virginia Cooperative Extension of Virginia State University and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and is being used here with permission. This food storage chart provides "general recommended storage times from date of purchase for various food products stored under optimum conditions. Storage generally is not recommended under conditions where no time is listed in the chart. For maximum shelf-life, consumers should always purchase fresh food and never temperature abuse food." --- Continued at link above, with CHART! ---

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Food, Pantry (Room Temperature),Refrigerator (33°F to 40°F),Freezer (0°F) storage options for:

    Bread and Cereal Products
    Packaged Foods and Mixes
    Spices, Herbs, Condiments, Extracts
    Other Food Staples
    Vegetables
    Fruits
    Dairy Products
    Meats, Poultry, Eggs and Fish
    Wild Game


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 Post subject: Re: Shelf Life of Foods-storage chart
PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2010 3:35 pm 
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Shelf Life of Canned Goods

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Shelf Life of Canned Goods
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/shelf-li ... goods.html

Knowing the shelf life of canned goods is a must to ensure that the food item is fit to consume. Canned goods shelf life varies depending upon the type of food canned. Read on to know more.

Canned foods account for about 12% of the total grocery sales, in the United States. Around 1500 different food items are preserved through the process of canning. Canning is done in order to obtain a particular food item around the year. This is particularly true in case of certain fruits and vegetables, which are available only in a particular season. Thus, canning allows the consumers to enjoy the food item of their choice in any season. Moreover, loading your refrigerator with canned foods, saves unnecessary trips to the supermarket.

Shelf Life of Canned Goods

If you want to determine what is the shelf life of canned goods, then you will have to look for its acid content. Low acid foods have a greater shelf life than those with higher acids in them. The shelf life of canned goods, according to the type of food items canned, is as follows: --- continued at link, above ---

Includes:
    Fish and Meat
    Fruits
    Vegetables
    Jams and Jellies
    Milk and Other Dairy Products


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 Post subject: Re: Shelf Life of Foods-storage chart
PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2010 2:40 am 
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FOOD At 70° F. = Keep the product: STORAGE TIPS
Baking powder = Till can date = Sealed & bone dry
Baking soda = 2 years = Sealed & dry
Biscuit, brownie, muffin mix = 9 months = Sealed, cool, dry, weevil proofed
Bouillon, cubes or granules = 2 years = Sealed, cool and dry

Cake mixes, regular = 9 months = Sealed,cool, dry, weevil proofed
Cake Mixes,angel food = 1 year = Sealed, cool, dry, weevil proofed
Canned food: metal can, = Non-Acidic 2 years = Cool & Dry
Metal Can, Acidic = 12-18months = Cool & Dry
Glass jars = 2-3 years = Dark, Cool & Dry
Chocolate, semi-sweet or unsweetened, bars or chips = 18 months = Cool and dark
Chocolate syrup = 2 years = Cool & tightly sealed
Cocoa, powder or mixes = 8 months = Sealed and cool
Coffee creamers, powdered = 9 months = Sealed and cool
Cornmeal = 1 year = Keep dry & weevil proofed
Cornstarch = 18 months = Keep dry
Crackers = 3 months = Keep dry & weevil proofed

Flour, refined white = 8-12 months = Dry & weevil proofed,
whole wheat = 4-6 weeks = refrigerate/freeze for longer shelf life
Frostings, canned = 3 months = Cool
Mix = 8 months = Dry and cool
Fruits, dried = 6-12 months = Cool, sealed, weevil proofed

Gelatin, all types = 18 months = Protect from moisture
Grains, whole = 2 years = Dry and weevil proofed

Hominy, hominy grits, masa harina = 1 year = Dry and weevil proofed
Honey = 2 years = Cool, tightly sealed, dark

Jellies, jams, preserves = 2 years Dark, cool, tightly sealed.

Molasses & syrups = 2 years Tightly sealed
Mayonnaise = 6 months = Cool & dark
Milk, condensed or evaporated = 1 year = Turn over every 2 months
non-fat dry = 6 months = Bone dry and cool

Nuts, vacuum canned = 1 year = Cool and Dark
other packaging = 3 months = Cool and dark – better Refrigerated
in shell = 4 months = Cool, dry & dark, better refrigerated or frozen Pancake
mix = 6-9 months = Dry and weevil proofed

Pastas (macaroni, noodles, etc) = 2 years = Dry and weevil proofed
Peanut butter = 6-9 months = Sealed, cool, dark
Peas and beans, dry (not soybeans) = 2 years Dry and weevil proofed
Potatoes, instant = 6-12 months = Dry and weevil proofed
Pudding mixes = 1 year = Cool and very dry

Rice, white = 2+ years = Dry and weevil proofed
brown = 3-6 months = Dry & weevil proofed, better refrigerated or frozen
flavored or herb = 6 months = Sealed, dry and weevil proofed

Salad dressings = 10-12 months = Sealed, dark, cool. Better refrigerated
Salad oils = 6 months = Sealed, dark, cool. Better refrigerated
Sauce and gravy mixes = 6-12 months = Cool and dry
Shortening, solid = 1 year = Cool, dark, tightly sealed.
Soup mixes = 1 year = Cool, dry, and weevil proofed
Sugar, brown = 2 years = Tightly sealed, Dry.
confectioners = 18 months = Tightly sealed, Dry.
granulated = 2+years = Dry
Syrups (corn syrup based) = 8-12 months = Sealed and cool

Vegetables, dried = 1 year = Cool, dark, dry, weevil proofed
Vinegar = 2+ years = Sealed


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 Post subject: Re: Shelf Life of Foods-storage chart
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 6:30 am 
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Food Storage Booklet-Comprehensive!

Image Published by Utah State University, this HUGE publication is full of information. 120 page PDF File ... get your printer ready!

https://extension.usu.edu/foodstorage/files/uploads/Food_Storage_Booklet.pdf

Includes:

Emergency Food Storage
Emergency Water Storage
Food Storage Basics
Canned Food, Fat & Oil Storage
Dried Food Storage
Grains, Lentils, & Corn Storage
Miscellaneous Food Storage
Processes for Higher Quality Stored Foods
Miscellaneous Equipment
References


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 Post subject: Re: Shelf Life of Foods-storage chart
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 6:35 am 
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Shelf Life & Safe Storage of Canned Goods

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Canned Goods
https://extension.usu.edu/foodstorage/htm/canned-goods

For the purpose of this fact sheet, “canned foods” refer to foods canned in liquid. Dry pack canned goods are not included. Canned foods are safe alternatives to fresh and frozen foods and help meet dietary needs and avoid preservatives. Proper storage can greatly increase the shelf life and quality of canned foods. ... CONTINUED at LINK, above ---

Includes:

Quality & Purchase.
Packaging.
Storage Conditions.
Nutrition & Allergies.
Shelf Life.
Use from Storage.


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 Post subject: Re: Shelf Life of Foods
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Approximate Shelf Life of Foods

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Approximate Shelf Life of Foods Stored in Airtight Containers at Room Temperature*
http://providentliving.com/info/shelflife/

*Extending Shelf Life

The cooler, drier and darker you can keep your food storage, the better. Studies have shown that you can double the shelf life of many products simply by lowering the storage temperature by 10 degrees Fahrenheit. .... CONTINUED ... Go to LINK, above, to find chart ....


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 Post subject: Re: Shelf Life of Foods
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Long-Term Food Storage

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Long-Term Food Storage
http://providentliving.com/info/foodstorage/

Everyone needs an extra supply of food in the home. Not only is food storage a good idea for general preparedness, but also for daily needs. We have avoided countless last-minute trips to the store just by keeping a supply of powdered eggs, powdered milk, baking supplies and other everyday commodities on hand. And it’s a great feeling to know that our family is protected from hunger in the event of an emergency.

To maximize the shelf life of stored food, simply follow these three rules: ---CONTINUED at LINK, above ---


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 Post subject: Re: Shelf Life of Foods
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Canned Foods-Dates on Cans and How to Read Codes

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What Do the Dates on Your Canned Foods Mean?
http://www.families.com/blog/what-do-the-dates-on-your-canned-foods-mean

Are you unsure about how long a can of tuna will last? What do the stamps printed on the cans mean? Can the stamped dates tell you how long an item will store? Those codes sure can be confusing! Here are some things to keep in mind when storing canned foods:

First, you may be able to get some information from the product codes printed on the cans, but not much. Cans that list a “use by” date or a “best if eaten by” mean more than random numbers or dates without labels. Other codes or dates printed on cans are not even for customers, they are only labels for the food producers themselves. Here are some common dates printed on cans and other packaged foods and what they mean: --- CONTINUED at LINK, above ---

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How to read the codes on your canned foods.
http://www.families.com/blog/how-to-read-the-codes-on-your-canned-foods

(SNIP) .... you might be asking about now, is a can code? Well, it’s a packing code used by the manufacturer for tracking purposes. That way they can more easily ensure their stock gets rotated, and if there’s a recall it’s possible to know exactly what cans are involved.

The thing is, these codes aren’t meant to be used by the consumer. If you grab a can of corn out of your cupboard you’ll quickly see the code on the top or bottom. It might be printed on the lid, or stamped into the metal so that you’ll feel it more easily than see it. You’ll notice it doesn’t make much sense. To the manufacturer, however, it contains a lot of important information, everything from the date of manufacture to where it was made. --- --- CONTINUED at LINK, above ---


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 Post subject: Re: Shelf Life of Foods
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9 Foods That Are Safe to Eat After the Expiration Date
http://www.answers.com/article/1186292/9-foods-that-are-safe-to-eat-after-the-expiration-date?paramt=31&param4=fb-demo&param1=health&param2=17711741

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Many people think that as soon as the expiration date comes around, their food becomes toxic. While you should always proceed with caution, many of these foods are safe to consume for up to months after the date listed. Here are a few of the most common foods that you can eat after the expiration date. ---CONTINUED at LINK, above ---


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Canned Goods

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7 Critical Canned Goods Tips Every Survivalist Should Know About
http://www.survivalistcode.com/7-critical-canned-goods-tips-every-survivalist-should-know-about/

Canned goods are part of every prepper’s essential items to hoard as you’ll never know when you will be needing these.

Just like any food items that you have, it is best to have a first-in, first-out system when consuming them in order to make sure that your canned goods do not expire.

All along, I thought canned goods are only good until the expiration dates that manufacturers have printed on them. It appears that these are merely estimated dates by which the food item supposedly retains its “freshness”.

However, it is absolutely important to know that certain canned goods can also kill you if you do not know what critical factors to look out for. Imagine not being killed by a natural disaster or man-made catastrophe only to be killed because you ate contaminated canned goods. That will be a shame.

Now in case you find yourself in a SHTF situation where the only available food source are canned goods that were stored in the basement from who knows when, you might find the information that Jacob Hunter from PrimalSurvivor.net shared about canned goods.

Below are the 7 critical canned goods tips that every survivalist should know about: ---CONTINUED at LINK, above ---


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