Foods You Can Safely Eat Past the Expiration Date

Hot dogs, as long as they remain unopened, can be kept for up to 10 days beyond their expiration date. When ready to consume, verify that they don't have any strong or unusual odor.

Hot dogs

It also lasts for up to a month after its expiration date—that's 6 months unopened at room temperature. Once opened, the milk can be kept in the fridge for 1-2 weeks.

Shelf-stable pasteurized milk

Unopened cartons and cans of soup - no matter what the kind- will stay at peak quality for 3-5 years after their use by date

Boxed soups & purees

Frozen vegetables will still be in tip top condition 10 - 12 months after the date on the bag, as long as they have been properly stored at a stable freezing temperature.

Frozen vegetables

whole spices stay fresh for about 4 years, ground spices for 3-4 years, and dried and leafy herbs for about 1 year.


It's not surprising to learn that unopened canned foods will stay good forever, regardless of the "use by" date, assuming they are not damaged.

Canned foods

Whole wheat flour will stay good (if properly stored) at room temperature for 1 -3 months, in the fridge for 6-8 months and in the freezer for 1 year.

Whole Wheat Flour

An packet of instant coffee will still be good 18 months after opening, if kept at room temperature.Whole coffee beans will only stay at "best quality" for 2-4 weeks at room temperature.


it will stay good for up to 2 years. Of course, the flavor will be less intense, but you can use the chocolate in desserts and other sweet treats.

Chocolate bars

Almost all rices have an indefinite shelf life. With the notable exception of brown rice. Because it has a higher oil content, it wont last nearly as long: 3-6 months at the most.