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Shelf Life of Pantry Food

If you are like most people, you probably go grocery shopping. You probably stock up on canned goods, spices, and pantry food; just in case you fall on hard times or a power outage occur, or a storm develops that traps you and your family inside for days.

While our intentions are good, many times we just end up wasting food. We don’t do it on purpose, it’s just that when we go grocery shopping we often push what is already in the cabinet in the back or we just forget we have the items. Sometimes we think the food will last because it doesn’t need to be refrigerated until it’s opened. Many of us grew up in families that didn’t have a lot of money and they talked about the importance of pantry food or the family always talked about keeping the bomb shelter/ cellar stocked because you never when we might have to go into hiding. (lol, bomb shelters are more important now days)

There are some rules that you can use in regards to pantry food regardless of the date stamped, assuming there is an expiration date. The first rule: If in Doubt, Throw it Out. In the link below is a printable PDF pantry food shelf life list, which I got from Home Storage Solutions 101.

Here is the link:food-storage-chart

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