This beef bouillon has a highly concentrated flavor so you do not have to use as much as other bouillons. Having a long term shelf life expectancy, it's a great addition for food storage or emergency preparedness. It is great in soups, gravies, stews, casseroles or cooking vegetables as an added flavoring. Shelf life estimates are based on industry studies from sources deemed reputable. Since Rainy Day Foods has no control over individual storage practices, they must disclaim any liability or warranty for particular results. Should be stored in cool dark place, optimum condition is 60 degrees or less, for longer storage. Storing properly in our enameled cans and Super pail buckets, product may store 25 years. Bulk products need to be repackaged for long term storage.