thought maybe this may help some people
General Shelf Lives For Common Items: Flour unopened: up to 12 months. Opened: 6-8 months. Sugar unopened: 2 years. Sugars do not spoil but eventually may change flavor. Brown sugar unopened: 4 months. Confectioners sugar unopened: 18 months. Solid shortening unopened: 8 months. Opened: 3 months. Cocoa unopened: indefinitely. opened: 1 year. Whole spices: 2-4 years. Whether or not opened. Ground spices: 2-3 years. Whether or not opened. Paprika, red pepper and chili powder: 2 years Baking soda unopened: 18 months. Opened: 6 months. Baking powder unopened: 6 months. Opened: 3 months. Cornstarch: 18 months. Whether or not opened. Dry pasta made without eggs unopened: 2 years. Opened: 1 year. Dry egg noodles unopened: 2 years. Opened: 1-2 months. Salad dressing unopened: 10-12 months. Opened: 3 months if refrigerated. Honey: 1 year. Whether or not opened. Ground, canned coffee unopened: 2 years. Opened: 2 weeks, if refrigerated. Jams, jellies and preserves unopened: 1 year. Opened: 6 months if refrigerated. Peanut butter unopened: 6-9 months. Opened: 2-3 months.