“Food Storage: How Long?” Ensign, Feb. 2006, 70
We all intend to rotate our food storage. But sometimes as we dust off a number 10 can or a bucket of our dry-pack food, we wonder if it’s still any good. If we’ve stored it in dark, dry, cool conditions (below 70 degrees is recommended), the food should be good even beyond the “best if used by” date.
Do we need to toss it after that? Maybe not; it likely has significant nutritional value, but try to use it soon. To help you know how long you might keep your dry-pack items, post the table (left) in your food-storage area, and refer to it as needed.
Rotate your food by using it yourself or by sharing it with others. This chart and additional information are available at www.providentliving.org.
“Best If Used By”
Dry-Pack Storage Items
Years of Storage
Fruit Drink Mix
Dry Pink, Pinto, and White Beans
Macaroni and Spaghetti
Chopped Dry Onions
Hot Cocoa Mix
Chocolate Pudding Mix
Vanilla Pudding Mix
Nonfat Dry Milk