How long can the consumer store the food and still use it at top quality?
Since product dates aren't a guide for safe use of a product, how long can the consumer store the food and still use it at top quality? Follow these tips:Purchase the product before the date expires.
- If perishable, take the food into the provision room immediately after purchase and refrigerate it promptly. Freeze it if you can't use it within times recommended on the chart.
- Once a perishable product is frozen, it doesn't matter if the date expires because foods kept frozen continuously are safe indefinitely.
- Follow handling recommendations on product.
- Consult the following storage chart.
Food stored constantly at 0 °F will always be safe, and expiration date is indefinite. Only the quality suffers with lengthy freezer storage.
(source: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture)
Shelf life of the products we regularly supply
|Description (items with packing dates)||Use by date|
|Frozen Bread||6-9 months after the packing date|
|Frozen Meat||12 months after the packing date|
|Frozen Fish||12 months after the packing date|
|Cheese||3-12 months shelf life depends on the cheese type|
|Description (items with no packing dates)||Use by date|
|Indian Spices||at least one year shelf life|
|Indian Lentils||at least 1 year shelf life|
|Flour, Rice, Salt, Sugar||at least 1-3 years shelf life|