When doing groceries most people will always do one quick look on the date printed on the label. Do you ever wonder what those dates actually mean? Does that mean that food will be unsafe after that date? Many people think that all food passing those dates should go to waste. While it is understandable that consumers want to stay on the safe side, these dates have different meanings and should not be seen in a similar manner. Shelf life is a period of time when a food product remains safe and suitable for consumption when properly stored at recommended conditions.
Don't you just hate reaching into the cupboard and realizing that box of cake mix has expired or your favorite snack is past its prime? Certain pantry items just don't seem to last as long as we like. However, there are plenty of long shelf life foods perfect for filling your cupboards. Foods like these are great to have on hand for everyday cooking, of course, but also times when you just can't get out of the house. Many foods with long shelf lives are the basics—think rice, grains and salt—but others can last for a long time because they're dried or canned. These techniques can extend the usefulness of all kinds of foods.
This Chart Shows You All of the Longest Lasting Pantry Staples
An assessment by the Office of Technology Assessment OTA that analyzes "consumers' perspectives on open-date labeling; benefits and costs; alternative systems and techniques; alternative criteria and scientific tests to establish open dates; enforcement mechanisms and liability related to open-date labeling; and options available to Congress" p. United States. Office of Technology Assessment.
Shelf life is length of time that food can be stored safely. Food cannot be kept forever. After a certain time it will go bad.