Looking for a definitive source on shelf life of pantry staples
I sometimes find myself Googling the shelf life of some pantry staple when trying to decide how much to buy, when to throw out, etc. (Recent example: rolled and steel-cut oats...anyone got any info on these?) But what would really help is a definitive source (ideally a website) that lists the shelf life (and maybe also "emergency shelf life") of various staples that I could turn to when I have these random questions. I haven't been able to find such a source. Does anyone have any leads? Thanks in advance!
I would take the '1 year' on that website for most grains and beans as 'indefinite'. I would also give it a look and smell test. Bugs? toss. Musty smelling? toss, etc. I might even cook a small amount and give it a taste test.
There's a difference between things going bad or spoiling, and things just getting old and loosing optimal taste. Going rancid falls somewhere in between.
Yeah, I agree actually. Most manufacturers aren't going to tell you the true expiration date because they wouldn't want you to experience the product at sub-par quality. Plus they want you to replace it sooner. But I actually do think that 1 year figure is relevant. That's the time by which I plan to use something up, unless it's in long-term "in case of zombie apocalypse" storage.