|Planning Meals: Storing Staple
Below is a list of some staple foods that you can keep in your house
for cooking a wide range of meals! Click
on each of the products to find out how long they can be stored.
|| Rice, pasta, oatmeal, bread, white flour
| Canned foods
|| Vegetables, fruit, soup, tuna fish
| Dried foods
|| Beans, fruit
| Frozen foods
|| Produce, meats (ground beef or turkey, chicken breasts)
|| Oil, eggs, milk, peanut
Grains- Grains should be stored
in a cool, dry place. Can be stored for up to one year. Try freezing
bread to make it last longer.
Canned Foods- Can be stored
for 6 to 12 months
Dried Foods- Store in tightly sealed
containers. Canned or dried beans can be stored up to one year.
Frozen Foods- Store
in air-tight containers in the freezer for up to one year.
Oil- Can be
stored unopened for up to 2 years, but will last for about 1 year once
Eggs- Check the expiration date on the side of the
- Non-fat dry milk powder can be stored up to one year unopened.
- Evaporated skim milk (canned) can be stored in the refrigerator
for up to 6 months.
- For fresh milk, check the sell by date on the package. If it is
stored properly and not left out for long periods of time, the milk
should last 5-7 days past the sell-by date.
Peanut butter- Store in a cool, dry place. Unopened
peanut butter should last about 2 years. After it has been opened,
it should last about 3 months.