shelf-sta·​ble ˈshelf-ˌstā-bəl How to pronounce shelf-stable (audio)
: 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

Examples of shelf-stable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This Pink Mayo, Barbecue, and Beetroot Sauce Makes a Case for Vibrant Condiments The bottom line is that while ketchup is a shelf-stable product, refrigerating it after it’s opened is recommended by food scientist and food safety experts in order to preserve its trademark taste, color, and flavor. Cori Sears, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 May 2024 Becca Millstein calls the entire category of pantry, shelf-stable goods in the U.S. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 12 Apr. 2024 Evaporated Milk: Evaporated milk is a shelf-stable milk from which 60% of the water has been removed. Jan Miller, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Mar. 2024 Testers were wowed by the taste and froth of Rise’s shelf-stable oat milk, which saved them (and their wallets) a few trips to the coffee shop. Grace McCarty, SELF, 13 Mar. 2024 Three Biden administration officials said the planes dropped the military Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) — shelf-stable meals that contain a day’s worth of calories in each sealed package — in locations that were thought would provide civilians with the greatest level of safety to access aid. Tara Copp, Fortune, 2 Mar. 2024 The law did not come close to putting the F.D.A., which oversees shelf-stable food, cheese and fresh produce, on par with the Department of Agriculture, the other major food regulator. Will Fitzgibbon, New York Times, 27 Feb. 2024 Since then, the organization has spent nearly $100,000 on over 15,000 bags filled with shelf-stable ingredients meant to serve as meal preparation for migrants without access to kitchens. Michael Braithwaite, The Denver Post, 23 Feb. 2024 What got cheaper On the flip side, ham and shelf-stable fish and seafood saw the biggest price drops across all food categories tracked in the CPI. Elisabeth Buchwald, CNN, 13 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shelf-stable was in 1952

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“Shelf-stable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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