Keep or Toss?

PantryKeeping your pantry items fresh will ensure your efforts in the kitchen aren’t wasted. Use the following chart to determine the general shelf life of some common pantry staples.

Item Shelf Life
Flour, whole wheat 3 months
Sugar, granulated 2 years
Baking powder 1 year
Baking soda 2 years
Olive oil Up to 20 months in dark glass or ceramic container
Spices 1-3 years in airtight container
Rice, brown 6 months in airtight container
Dry pasta 2 years in airtight container
Soft drinks 6-9 months unopened
Jams/jellies/preserves 1 year unopened
Peanut butter 6-9 months unopened; 2-3 months opened