shelf-stable

adjective shelf-sta·ble \ ˈshelf-ˌstā-bəl \

Definition of shelf-stable

: processed or packaged to withstand prolonged storage without refrigeration
  • All the rage in Europe and Latin America, boxed shelf-stable milk has yet to catch on with U.S. consumers.
  • —Christine Foster

First Known Use of shelf-stable

1952

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