Dairy products are among the most popular food products out there. If you consume dairy, you likely have at least a couple of servings of one (or more) of the products below every day.

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Milk & Derivatives

These are some of the most popular dairy staples, such as milk, yogurt, and buttermilk. Many people have these in the fridge ready at all times, eat them almost every day, and buy them every time they’re in the grocery store.

Then there are also milk derivatives such as evaporated and condensed milk. The former is used most often in soups and other cooked dishes, while the latter is a must-have for numerous desserts.

Finally, we have powdered milk. A good option if you’re not that big on dairy, and only need a glass of milk every now and then, probably for pancakes or hot chocolate.

Cream & Derivatives

Cream products have a lot in common. They keep for a couple of weeks while unopen (the use-by date is usually around a month from the production date), and for around a week of opening.

If you don’t use the whole container in one go, make sure the product is sealed tight before returning it to the fridge. You can either use a makeshift seal or pour the leftovers into an airtight container.


There are hundreds of types of cheese out there, but most of us buy the same ones over and over again.

But even if you only buy a few ones that you like, learning and remembering the exact shelf life and storage practices for each would be a bit too much.

Fortunately, you can divide all types of cheese into a few categories in which most cheeses are quite similar. There might be minor differences here and there, but the storage practices and shelf life for each one are quite similar.