How Long Do Other Foods Last?

The other category of foods includes many different food groups that didn't quite fit into the main categories. Foods such as Oils and Condiments, Sauces, Sweets, Snacks, Baking Products and Spices are all included as sub-categories in the Other food category.

The other food group is often thought of as the "extras", not really essential to survive but often thought of as essential to truly enjoy the entire process of eating for pleasure and not just purpose. It's generally considered OK to dip into this food group, but not to try and survive on it unless it's an emergency situation.

Also included in this "other" category are a few items that are not even edible. Things like dry ice, aspirin and even make-up are included here. Even though they are not food or beverages, they too can eventually expire and thus their shelf life information is important to know and explore.

All of these products are very different and therefore have varying shelf lives and also preferred storage methods that will increase their shelf life. Check out some of your favorite products to be sure you are getting the most value and flavor out of each and every one. Actually, you should check them all for helpful tips and ideas. While you're at it, don't forget to read our blog a few times each week to what we've been doing.

Is your aspirin expired? Find out about it here.
Baking Powder. Find out how to store and use this fine powder.
Baking Soda is called for in most baked goods. Make sure yours is active!
Basil is great fresh. But, how long does it keep?
Barbeque sauce adds flavor to many foods. Does it go bad?
Does Brown Sugar go bad? Keep it stored properly!
Butter makes most things taste better... unless it's gone bad!
Cakes are best when fresh. Do you know the shelf life?
Cake Mix can last longer than you might think. Don't let it go bad!
Candy canes look like they can last forever. Do they?
Capers already look wrinkled... how do you tell if they're old?
Cheesecake is decadent. Are you storing it properly?
Chocolate is associated with romance. Keep yours fresh!
Chocolate Syrup is a favorite in milk. Click here to find out how long it lasts!
Cinnamon smells enticing. Does it go bad?
Cocoa is potent. How should it be stored?
Has your coconut oil gone bad? Learn the signs.
Cookie Dough must be refrigerated. Do you know its shelf life?
Cookies are popular. Make sure they're fresh!
Your cornmeal may be past the best-by date ... has it gone bad?
Cornstarch is handy to have in the cupboard, but for how long?
Crisco can go bad. Learn more about shortening here.
Cupcakes are more popular than ever. Don't let yours go bad!
Dry Ice can melt, find out how to store yours.
Fish Sauce smells fishy when it's fresh, does it go bad?
Flour can be used in so many ways. Do you know how to store it?
Frosting is a flavorful addition... unless it's gone bad!
Ginger isn't just for cookies. Keep yours fresh.
Gingerbread is a holiday treat. Click here to find out how long it lasts!
Want to keep guacamole green longer? Click here.
Honey keeps a very long time, but forever?
Hummus?how long does it last? Find out here.
Does ice cream go bad if it melts? Let's find out!
Most Jams and Jellies are preserved with sugar. Does that keep them fresh?
Want to know if Jello has gone bad? It can be tough. Find out more.
Jelly beans last a long time. Find out how long.
Ketchup or Catsup. Find out how to store this essential condiment.
If you've got leftovers, click here to find out more.
M & M's are sweeter when fresh. Find out how to tell.
Marshmallows can go bad. Find out how to tell.
Mayonnaise is highly susceptible to spoilage. Be sure yours is safe.
Want to know if molasses has gone bad? It can be tough! Find out more.
Mustard comes in many varieties. Store yours properly.
It's paper thin, but is it fresh?
Nutella is a sweet treat if its fresh. Find out how to tell.
Oil can go bad, actually rancid. Learn how to tell here.
Oreos are America's favorite cookie. Do you know how to store them?
Oyster Sauce is a flavorful addition... unless it's gone bad!
Pesto does not last forever, find out how to store yours.
Pies come in so many varieties. Find out how to store yours.
Popcorn can keep for awhile, depending on its state.
Popsicles keep in the freezer. Don't let yours go bad!
Potato Chips are best crunchy - do they stay that way?
Prescription Medication - Use as directed!
Pudding is a comfort food, unless it's gone bad!
If your brunch menu includes quiche, click here to find out more.
Salad dressing can last longer than you might think. But don't let it go bad!
Is your Salsa still good? Find out how to tell.
Does Salt go bad? Find out here.
Soy Sauce looks like it can last a long time. Does it?
Spaghetti Sauce is produced in all sorts of varieties - which lasts longer?
Some Spices look like they can last forever. Here's a long list of spices to check.
Sprinkles look like they can last forever. Do they?
Sugar can should be stored properly. Find out how!
Syrup is a favorite in our house. Click here to find out how long it lasts!
Vanilla comes in different forms. Are you storing it properly?
Vinegar is super long lasting. How long?
Vitamins expired? Get more information here.
Wasabi keeps a long time, find out how long here.
Worcestershire looks like it can last a long time. Does it?
Yeast must be active to be effective. Find out how to tell.

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