2005_06_food_tabascogallon_red.jpgWhy's that, you might ask? Because it lasts for five years when stored in a cool, dry place. Five. Years. The next time you decide to clean out the crap in the back of your cabinets and the stuff that's been lurking in your fridge since who-knows-when, check out this handy guide from the folks at Real Simple. It provides expiration dates for your beer (unopened: four months), dried pasta (one year), vinegar (42 months), or those marshmallows you bought for last winter's hot chocolate (unopened: 40 weeks; opened: 3 months). But don't worry, the Tabasco's won't go for a while -- even more reason to buy the big bottle.