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  • How Long To Store & Freeze Your Stockpile

    When you save money on groceries and begin to create a stockpile, it’s important to store those stockpiled items properly.

    Ever wonder how long you can store certain items? This list covers everything from shampoo, to pasta, to meat and more.

    Household Items

    Air Freshener – 2 Years
    Batteries, Alkaline – 7 Years
    Batteries, Lithium – 10 Years
    Bleach – 6 Months
    Dish Detergent – 1 Year
    Laundry Detergent – 1 Year
    Window & Glass Cleaner – 2 Years
    Disinfecting Wipes – 2 Years
    Hand Soap – 2 Years

    Health & Beauty Items

    Shampoo & Conditioner – 3 Years
    Bodywash – 3 Years
    Bar Soap – 3 Years
    Face Wash – 2 Years
    Body/Hand/Face Lotion – 3 Years
    Deodorant – 2 Years
    Sunscreen – 1 Year
    Shaving Cream – 2 Years
    Hairspray – 3 Years
    Lip Balm – 5 Years
    Mouthwash – 3 Years
    Baby Oil – 3 Years
    Baby Powder – 3 Years
    Toothpaste – 2 Years
    Hair Dye – 3 Years

    Food Items

    Mayonnaise – 4 Months
    Salad Dressings – 10 Months
    Ketchup & Mustard – 1 Year
    Pickles & Relishes – 1 Year
    Butter & Margarine – 3 Months
    Baking Powder – 18 Months
    Baking Soda – 2 Years
    Bread Crumbs – 6 Months
    Cake & Brownie Mixes – 1 Year
    Canned Fruit & Vegetables – 1 Year
    Cereal – 9 Months
    Chocolate Syrup – 2 Years
    Coconut – 1 Year
    Crackers – 6 Months
    Flour – 7 Months
    Pudding – 14 Months
    Herbs & Spices – 9 Months
    Jams, Jellies, Preserves – 1 Year
    Honey – 1 Year
    Marshmallows – 3 Months
    Olives – 1 Year
    Pancake Mix – 6 Months
    Peanut Butter – 7 Months
    Pasta – 2 Years
    Rice, White – 2 Years
    Popcorn – 18 Months
    Brown Sugar – 4 Months
    Salt – Indefinitely
    Sugar, Granulated – 2 Years
    Syrups – 1 Year
    Tea, Bags – 18 Months
    Tomato Sauce – 14 Months
    Vinegar – Indefinitely

    Wondering how long you can freeze items, as well? No problem, I’ve got you covered!

    Items You Can Freeze

    Ground Meat
    Whole Chickens & Turkeys
    Chicken & Turkey Parts
    Prepared Stews, Sauces, Soups
    Beef & Lamb Chops, Steaks & Roasts
    Goat Cheese
    Hot Dogs
    Eggs (raw, out of the shell)
    Shredded Cheese
    Orange Juice
    Soy Milk

    Items You Can NOT Freeze

    Sour Cream
    Miracle Whip

    How Long to Freeze

    Bread – 6 Months
    Ground Meat – 4 Months
    Pork – 6-8 Months
    Sausages – 3 Months
    Whole Chickens & Turkeys – 1 Year
    Chicken & Turkey Parts – 6 Months
    Prepared Stews, Sauces, Soups – 3 Months
    Beef & Lamb Chops, Steaks & Roasts – 1 Year
    Croutons – 6 Months
    Hot Dogs – 2 Months
    Eggs (raw, out of the shell) – 6 Months
    Butter, Margarine – 2 Months
    Pasta – Indefinitely
    Rice – Indefinitely
    Shredded Cheese – 6 Months
    Berries – 1 Year
    Orange Juice – 4 Months
    Cookies – 6 Months
    Tortillas – 6 Months
    Milk – 1 Month
    Soy Milk – 1 Month

    Make sure to pay close attention to the expiration dates on your products. Always go by the date on the item. If there is no date listed, that’s where this list comes in.

    Do you stockpile to save money? What are your storage tips?

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    How Long To Store & Freeze Your Stockpile

    1. Jen Gibbons says:

      I agree with an early comment by Shannon about freezing apples with sugar and cinnamon. If you are using them for baking this works well.

    2. amy says:

      I also freeze my gluten free flours (regular flour can be as well). So can dry cat and dog food be frozen. Great way to also kill cockroach eggs.

    3. Jessica Livingston says:

      I was wondering when you say Toothpaste – 2 years. What happens when you buy toothpaste and the expiration date on it is a year from when you bought it? Is it still good up to a year after that or would you stick with the expiry date they give you?

    4. Kim says:


      Great list! I quite enjoy (and benefit from) reading your posts and tips.

      I’d add that one can freeze apples though – in the form of pie filling.
      Another interesting one; you can freeze cheese (thaw in the fridge, not at room temp – to prevent crumbling), and cottage cheese.

      • shannon says:

        I would like to comment that I also freeze apples, and pears, by slicing the apples, tossing with sugar and cinnamon, and freezing in a gallon bag for pies, to top ice cream, oatmeal, etc, and of course our family favorite- German Apple Cake.

    5. Mrs January says:

      Ed: No, I was referring to dishwashing soap (some of it actually lasts longer than 1 year, but I put 1 year just to be safe). The dishwasher tabs would last years, I’m sure.

    6. Ed says:

      I was wondering, you’re saying that:

      Dish Detergent – 1 Year

      But, what about dish detergent tabs? Like Finish Quantum? Does that apply to that product too?

    7. angie says:

      I freeze any fruit and veggie i can get my hands on, i just blanche them and put them in baggies and cover the veggies( peas, carrots, turnip, parsnips, beans, etc) with water. for onions and peppers i chop them up and freeze them on a cookie sheet till they are frozen and bag them up.i have things frozen for up to 2 years and they taste the same as when i put them down. i also make fruit pies when the produce is at its peak and freeze them unbaked. When i need one i just pop it in the oven. its great for when unexpected company arrives.

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