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Spring Cleaning Task #13: Trash Old Canned Goods & Spices
Sure canned goods are meant to go the distance, but that doesn’t mean they last forever. Check the "use by" date on your spices and canned goods. This is when the products peak quality will start to diminis. Then trash anything that’s expired.

Generally speaking, high-acid canned fruits and tomatoes will last for 12 to 18 months, while canned meats and vegetables will keep their quality for two to five years. Adopt a first in, first out rule to be sure your pantry stays fresh.