Shelf Life Food & Eat by Date……a must read!

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Shelf Life Food & Eat by Date……a must read!

 

 

 

LEARN HOW TO READ EXPIRATION LABELS, HOW LONG DIFFERENT FOODS LAST, HOW TO TELL WHEN THEIR SPOILED, HOW TO EXTEND FOOD FRESHNESS, HOW TO STORE, SHELF LIFE, HOW TO USE UP EXTRA BEFORE GOING BAD, AND INTERESTING FOOD FACTS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                             DAIRY

………….How long do dairy products last?…………

Milk, cheese, and yogurt are nutrient-rich foods abundant in calcium, potassium, vitamins, and protein essential for human growth and development. They also happen to be extremely versatile, forming the basis for many a sauce, spread, cream, dessert, dip, and so much more. It doesn’t hurt that the majority of dairy foods also taste great just as they are.

 

 

  • How Long Does Butter Last?

    How Long Does Butter Last?

    Shelf Life of Butter

    How long does butter last? The shelf life of butter depends on a variety of factors, such as the production method, its Best By Date and how it is stored. Butter is a dairy product made by churning fresh cream or milk until it reaches a solid form. It is most frequently made with cows milk but can also be manufactured from sheep, goats, buffalo and yaks. Butter comes in numerous types such cultured, uncultured, salted, preserved and whipped butter. In addition to its use as a cooking tool and being used as a tasty compliment to items such as bread orpotatoes, butter does have some nutritional benefits which include a high dose of vitamin A. So,how long does butter last? When properly stored at or below 40° F, the shelf life of butterbeyond it’s best before date is approximately…

    (Unopened) Refrigerator Freezer
    Past Printed Date  Past Printed Date
    Butter lasts for 1 Month 6-9 Months
    Butter with oil lasts for 2 Months 6-9 Months
    (Opened) Refrigerator Freezer
    Butter lasts for 2 Weeks 6-9 Months
    Butter with oil lasts for 2-3 Weeks   
Of course, dairy products may be purchased, stored and prepared in many different ways, each of which can result in a different expiration date. All foods last for a shorter period of time if it is not stored properly. But remember, many food products carry abest by date which is simply the last date the manufacturer will guaranty the quality, not the safety of their product. Because of this distinction, you may safely use butter to compliment your favorite meals even after its best by date has lapsed (see above table).

How to tell if butter is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety techniques will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if it has gone bad.
Spoiled butter will begin to appear pale, may possibly grow mold and will be either too soft or too hard and difficult to spread. In addition, spoiled butter can smell stale, cheesy or decomposed.
If your product has gone bad and you need a quick substitute, then check our page on butter substitutes.
There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled foods, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your foods prior to their expiration.

How to store butter to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the shelf life of butter. You can help keep it fresh longer by storing it in your refrigerator immediately after purchase and use. Proper refrigeration –at 40° F or below– is vital.  Store butter on an interior refrigerator shelf rather than in the door, where the temperature fluctuates with frequent opening.
For a long-term option, you can freeze it for about 6 months while preserving its taste if you replace the wax rapper with foil or another freezer friendly product. Although salted varieties may last longer, we do recommend that you follow the same storage methods discussed above.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

Can You Store Butter on the Counter?

Commercially prepared butter can safely be stored on the counter, however, it is not recommended if your intent is to extend its shelf life and freshness. Butter is like a sponge, it absorbs the odors from surrounding foods quite easily and will affect its taste. If you are storing butter on the counter we recommend keeping it in a tightly sealed container to block odors and bacteria. The butter will last for several days at a temperature of 65 degrees Fahrenheit.

Interesting facts about the shelf life of butter:

  • An unopened containers should last for 1-3 months at 40° F or less in the refrigerator, but some companies guarantee their product for up to 6 months.
  • If left in its partially-open original paper wrap, the exposed area stick butter will begin to harden and smell stale after about a week, as oxygen sets in.
  • Commercial processing of butter removes dangerous bacteria.
  • View Margarine for a comparison of Margarine vs Butter.

 

How to use extra before your butter goes bad?

  • To use extra butter that is nearing it’s expiration date, the sweetest thing to do is make cookies.
  • But there are hundreds of ways to use butter, just ask an expert like Paula Deen! Her recipes can be found atwww.pauladeen.com/recipes.

 

 

  • How Long Does Hard Cheese Last?

    Shelf Life of Cheese

    Shelf Life of Cheese

    How long do hard and semi-hard cheeses last? Cheese consists of the proteins and fat frommilk and is produced throughout the world in hundreds of flavors, textures, and forms. Some common hard cheeses include ParmesanRomanoAsiagoBuffalo and Pecorino cheese. These cheeses have been cooked, pressed and aged making them good for grating. Some common semi-hard cheeses include CheddarSwissGouda, and Provolone cheese. These cheeses have been cooked and pressed, but have not been aged so they contain more moisture.  All cheeses are valued for their high content of fat, protein, calcium, and phosphorus while hard and semi-hard varieties enjoy added value for their compacted flavor and longer shelf life. The shelf life of hard cheese is influenced by a variety of factors, such as the type of cheese, the processing method and packaging date, its exposure to heat, how the cheese is stored and the best by date or sell by date. So how long does cheese last?  When properly stored at or below 40° F, the shelf life of cheese is approximately …

    (Unopened) Fridge Freezer
    Past Printed Date Past Printed Date
    Hard Cheese (Parmesan, Asiago, Romano) lasts for 2-4 Months 6-8 Months
    Shredded Hard Cheese lasts for 1-2 Month 6-8 Months
    Semi-Hard Cheese Chunk (Cheddar, Swiss) lasts for 1-2 Months 6-8 Months
    Sliced Semi-Hard Cheese lasts for 1 Month 6-8 Months
    (Opened) Refrigerator Freezer
    Hard Cheese Chunk (Parmesan, Asiago, Romano) lasts for 3-6 Weeks 6-8 Months
    Shredded Hard Cheese lasts for 3-4 Weeks 6-8 Months
    Semi-Hard Cheese Chunk lasts for 3-6 Weeks 6-8 Months
    Sliced Semi-Hard Cheese lasts for 2 Weeks 6-8 Mon
n general, the harder the cheese the longer it keeps. Of course, it lasts for a shorter period of time if it is not stored properly. But remember, cheese, like a lot of other dairy products, usually has a sell by date or a best by date which is simply the last date by which a manufacturer will vouch for a product’s quality, not its safety. Because of this distinction, you may safely use cheese to compliment your favorite meals even after its best by date has lapsed.

How to tell if Semi-hard cheese is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety techniques will help prevent food borne illness.  Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your its gone bad. Some common traits of cheese going bad are a darker color and harder texture accompanied by a stronger smell. Your cheese has gone bad when you see or smell mold growth. Once mold is visible, you should throw away any of the softer cheeses. Likewise, if there is mold on some of your shredded cheese, the entire container should be thrown out. For firmer cheeses, if you cut away the mold and an inch of the cheese surrounding the mold (without touching the mold with your knife) it is still fine to cook with .[1] Although some molds on cheese are harmless (as with blue cheese), some produce very dangerous toxins.
If your favorite cheese has gone bad and you need a quick substitute then check our cheese substitute page.
There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled cheese, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your cheeses prior to their expiration.

How to store hard or semi-hard cheese to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the shelf life of hard or semi-hard cheeses such as parmesan cheese, swiss cheese or american cheese. You can help cheese keep fresh longer by storing it in your refrigerator at 40°F or lower immediately after each use. It should also be stored either in its original wrapper or a tightly closed container to keep out moisture and other contaminants. Bacteria can’t grow as readily in dry environments, which is why hard cheese keeps longer than soft. Cheeses should be kept out for no longer than two hours at a time as it will quickly degrade as its temperature increases.
The exception is containers of Kraft dry parmesan cheese which does not have to be refrigerated, in fact they last just a long in a pantry and actually better since it tends to form clumps if left in the fridge.

For a long-term option, with the exception again of parmesan blocks, you can freeze your hard cheese for a few months while preserving its taste if you use a freezer safe container that is void of oxygen. While letting the formerly frozen cheese thaw in your refrigerator is the preferred method, some may be used in their frozen state for baking. Cheeses may change texture when frozen and appear to be dry and crumbly when thawed.  Some cheeses, like semi-soft mozzarella, freeze better than others and can be baked from their frozen state. Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

Interesting facts about the shelf life of hard and semi-hard cheese?

  • The harder the cheese, the longer it keeps. Because bacteria can’t grow as readily in a dry environment as it can in a moist environment.
  • The longer a cheese is aged, the sharper its taste.
  • Processed cheese may blend more than one natural cheese and is often supplemented with milk, preservatives and food coloring.  A perfect example is American Cheese, which melts smoothly and is considered a semi-hard cheese.
  • If unpasteurized milk is used, government regulations require the cheese be aged for at least 60 days before it is sold.
  • Most of the lactose is removed during the manufacture of hard cheese.
  • According to the National Dairy Council, it is okay to keep cheese if mold growth is confined to a small area (but remember to cut the mold off!).

 

 

  • How Long Does Soft Cheese Last?

    How Long Does Soft Cheese Last?

    Soft Cheese Shelf Life

    How long does soft or semi-soft cheese last?  Cheese consists of the proteins and fat frommilk and is produced throughout the world in hundreds of flavors, textures, and forms.  Some common soft cheeses include MozzarellaHavarti and Monterey jack and semi-soft cheeses include Brie cheeseFeta cheeseRicotta cheese, and Cream cheese.  In addition to its great taste and creamy texture, soft cheese is valued for its high content of protein and calcium.  However, it is important to note that soft cheese does not last as long as hard cheese. The shelf life of soft cheese is influenced by a variety of factors such as the type of cheese, the processing method, the packaging date, its exposure to heat, and how the cheese is stored. So how long does soft cheese last?  When properly stored at or below 40° F, the shelf life of soft or semi-soft cheese after its printed date is approximately…

    (Unopened) Refrigerator Freezer
    Past Printed Date Past Printed Date
    Brie Cheese lasts for 1 Week
    Mozzarella Cheese lasts for 1-2 Weeks 6 Months
    Feta Cheese lasts for 1 Week
    Monterey Jack Cheese lasts for 1-2 Weeks 6 Months
    Muenster Cheese lasts for 1-2 Weeks
    Havarti Cheese lasts for 1-2 Weeks 6 Months
    Gorgonzola Cheese lasts for 1-2 Weeks

 

In general, the harder the cheese the longer it keeps. Of course, cheese lasts for a shorter period of time if it is not stored properly. But remember, soft cheese, like a lot of other dairy products, usually has a sell by date or use by date which is simply the last date by which a manufacturer will vouch for a product’s quality, not its safety. Because of this distinction, you may safely use soft cheese to compliment your favorite meals even after its best by date has lapsed.

 How to tell if soft cheese is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety techniques will help prevent food borne illness.  Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your soft cheese has gone bad. The most common trait of bad soft cheese is the growth of blue or green mold. Once mold is visible on a soft cheese, you should throw away the entire cheese product (you can cut out mold on hard cheese). Although some molds on cheese are harmless (blue cheese for instance), many can produce dangerous toxins. In addition to mold, some semi-soft cheeses such as mozzarella will darken or harden around their edges. If your favorite cheese has gone bad and you need a quick substitute then check our cheese substitute page.
There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled cheese, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your soft and semi-soft cheeses prior to their expiration.

 How to store soft cheese to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the shelf life of soft cheeses such as brie cheese, feta cheese, ricotta cheese, cottage cheese, or mozzarella cheese. You can help these types of cheeses keep fresh longer by storing them in your refrigerator at 40°F or lower immediately after each use. They should also be stored in a tightly closed container or in plastic wrap to keep out moisture and other contaminants. Because bacteria grows more rapidly in moist environments, soft cheese does not keep as long as hard cheese.  Soft cheeses should not be kept out at room temperature for extended periods of time as the cheese will quickly degrade as its temperature increases.  For a long-term option, you can freeze your soft cheeses for up to six months while preserving its taste if you use a freezer safe container.  Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

 Interesting facts about the shelf life of soft and semi-soft cheese:

  • The harder the cheese, the longer it keeps.  Bacteria grows more rapidly in  moist environments. Soft cheese should be eaten within a week of purchase or frozen.
  • Federal agencies recommend avoiding cheese made from unpasteurized milk.
  • If a soft cheese looks moldy, the entire cheese product should be discarded. Properly storing cheese in plastic wrap can inhibit mold growth.
  • Molds can tolerate refrigeration temperatures, so be sure to inspect refrigerated soft cheese before consuming.
  • The mold rinds that encase brie and other ripened soft cheeses are often edible.
  • Brie and other ripened cheeses display more of their natural flavor and texture at room temperature.  However, we do not advise warming mozzarella, cream cheese, and other unripened soft cheeses to room temperature unless they will be entirely consumed within 2 hours.

 

  

 

How Long Does Cottage Cheese Last?

Cottage Cheese Shelf Life
How long does cottage cheese last? The shelf life of cottage cheese is influenced by a variety of factors, such as the type of cottage cheese, the processing method and packaging date, its exposure to heat, how the cottage cheese is stored and it’s Best Before Date. Cottage cheese is a soft, fresh, uncured cheese that is highly perishable. Different styles of cottage cheese are made from milks with different fat levels and in small curd or large curd preparations.  It also comes in a variety of flavors and is often mixed with vegetables and/or fruits. Cottage cheese is also popular among dieters and some health food devotees such as bodybuilders, runners and weightlifters for its high protein content while being relatively low in fat.

So, how long does cottage cheese last?
When properly stored at or below 40° F, containers of cottage cheese last for the times listed below past the date stamped on their container.

Shelf Life of Cottage Cheese

(Unopened) Refrigerator Freezer
Past Printed Date Past Printed Date
Cottage Cheese lasts for 7-10 Days 3 Months
Ricotta Cheese lasts for 7-10 Days 3 Months
(Opened) Refrigerator Freezer
Cottage Cheese lasts for 5-7 Days 2-3 Months
Ricotta Cheese lasts for 5-7 Days 2-3 Months

 

But remember, cheeses, like a lot of other dairy products, usually have a sell by date which is simply the last date the product should be sold, not consumed. Because of this distinction, you may safely use it on your favorite fruits and vegetables even after its sell by date (or best before date) has lapsed according to the above table if stored properly.

How to tell if cottage cheese is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety techniques will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your cottage cheese has gone bad.  When cottage cheese is starting to go bad you will notice pockets of water as a result of separation. While fresh cottage cheese has a clean flavor and smell and a consistent texture, spoiled cottage cheese will smell damp, develop a yellowish color and begin to taste sour. There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled cottage cheese, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your cheeses prior to their expiration.

 How to store cottage cheese to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the shelf life of cottage cheese. Prior to purchase, you should leave it in the grocery refrigerator until you are ready to check out. Once at home, you can help all types of cheese stay fresh longer by storing them in your refrigerator at 40°F or lower immediately after use. Most cottage cheese containers come with a lid which keeps out moisture and other contaminants. You should never keep it out at room temperature for more than an two hours and you should not contaminate it with utensils that have touched other products.
For a long-term option, you could freeze cottage cheese but it is NOT recommended as thawing will produce a separated and less flavorful product. Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

Interesting fact about the shelf life of cottage cheese:

  • Most cottage cheese packages protect the product from light and moisture. In addition, recent advancements in packaging, such as the injection of antibacterial CO2, help extend the shelf life even further by inhibiting bacteria growth.

 


How Long Does Cream Cheese Last?

How Long Does Cream Cheese Last?

Cream Cheese Shelf Life

How long does cream cheese last? The shelf life of cream cheese is influenced by a variety of factors, such as the form of cheese, the processing method, packaging date, its exposure to heat, and how it is stored. Cream cheese is a soft cheese with a high fat content. It is made from unskimmed milk enriched with additional cream.  It comes in a variety of forms such asregular,reduced-fatwhipped and even flavored cream cheese. It is often mixed withvegetables and/or fish or even nuts. Modern processing and packaging methods help cream cheese retain its smooth, spreadable texture longer. However, it is important to note that cream cheese does not last as long as hard cheeses. So how long does cream cheese last? When properly stored at or below 40° F, the shelf life cream cheese is:

 

 

(Unopened) Refrigerator Freezer
Past Printed Date Past Printed Date
Cream Cheese (Foil Wrapped) lasts for 3-4 Weeks 2 Months
Cream Cheese (Plastic Container) lasts for 3-4 Weeks
Flavored Cream Cheese lasts for 3-4 Weeks
Reduced Fat Cream Cheese lasts for 2-3 Weeks
Neufchatel Cheese lasts for 2-3 Weeks
(Opened) Refrigerator Freezer
All Cream Cheese lasts for 1-2 Weeks

n general, the harder the cheese the longer it keeps. Of course, cheese lasts for a shorter period of time if it is not stored properly. But, like a lot of other dairy products, it usually has a sell by date which is simply the last date the product should be sold, not consumed. Because of this distinction, you may safely use it on your bagels even after its sell by date or best by date has lapsed (see above table).

How to tell if cream cheese is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety techniques will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your cream cheese has gone bad.  While fresh regular cream cheese has a light cream color and a spreadable texture; spoiled cream cheese will taste sour, have a slightly sour smell and a cracked or lumpy texture under a watery surface. Expired cream cheese may even develop mold. Once mold is visible on a soft cheese, you should throw away the entire cheese product (you can cut out mold on hard cheese). Although some molds on cheese are harmless, some may produce toxins and soft cheeses should be tossed at the first signs of mold. There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled cheese, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your soft and semi-soft cheeses prior to their expiration.

How to store cream cheese to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the shelf life of cream cheese. Prior to purchase, you should leave it on the grocery shelf until you are ready to check out. Once at home, you can help regular, reduced fat, flavored and whipped cream cheese keep fresh longer by storing them in your refrigerator at 40°F or lower immediately after use. Most containers come with a lid which keeps our moisture and other contaminants. Once foil wrapped cream cheese is opened, it will keep better if placed in an air tight container because re-sealing the end of the foil does not make an air tight seal. Because bacteria grows more rapidly in moist environments, soft cheese does not keep as long as hard cheese. Cream cheeses should not be kept out room temperature for more than an hour (2 hours maximum) and you should not contaminate with utensils that have touched meat.
For a long-term option, you can freeze cream cheese but it is not recommended as you will likely end up with crumbly product.  Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

Interesting facts about the shelf life of cream cheese:

  • Most cream cheeses contain natural or artificial preservatives that inhibit the growth of mold and other types of bacteria that cause spoilage.
  • Neufchatel cheese has about one third less calories than regular cream cheese and was first made in Neufchatel, France.
  • Whipped cream cheese has a similar shelf life to regular cream cheese.
  • Flavored cream cheese has a similar shelf life to regular cream cheese because of additives and sterilization methods.
  • Plastic containers and foil packaging preserve the moisture content of cream cheese and shield the cream cheese from other causes of spoilage.
  • Cream cheese processed by the “hot-pack” method (this is most grocery varieties like Kraft) have a shelf life of 3-6 months. “Cold-packed” cream cheese is good for just 2-3 weeks unopened in the refrigerator.
  • To find a suitable substitute for cream cheese if you’ve run out check our cheese substitution page.

 


How Long Do Eggs Last?

How Long Do Eggs Last?

Shelf Life of Eggs

How long do eggs last in the fridge? To answer the question of how long do eggs lasthow long are eggs good for, or the shelf life of eggs, a variety of factors must be examined such as the sell by date and how the eggs have been stored. Another date placed on the egg carton by manufacturers is the “pack date,” which specifies the julian date (numerical day of the year) the eggs were packaged on.

So, how long do eggs last in the fridge past their sell by date? When properly stored, the shelf life of eggs is:

Refrigerator
Past Sell By Date
Fresh Eggs are good for 3-4 Weeks
Egg Substitutes are good for 3-4 Days
Egg Whites are good for 2-4 Days
Egg Yolks are good for 1-2 Days

 

The shelf life of eggs is greatly reduced if the eggs are not kept constantly refrigerated and they may become unsafe to eat. Eggs should always be stored in the fridge right before and after use. But remember, eggs, like a lot of other dairy products, usually have a sell by date and not a use by date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use eggs to compliment your favorite meals even after the sell by date has lapsed but please consume prior to the eat by date.

How to tell if eggs are bad, rotten or spoiled?

A common question is how to tell if eggs are bad? Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your eggs have gone bad. To tell if eggs are bad, look at the egg white. The freshest eggs have a cloudy white color to the “white” of the egg and as the egg ages the white becomes more of a clear color (the egg is still fresh). Alternatively, if the white of the egg has a pinkish or iridescent color and also if it has a slight rotten smell when cracked, then the egg has gone bad. If you open an egg and smell something rotten, be sure to throw that egg away. There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled eggs including the very dangerous Salmonella and E-Coli strains of bacteria (which cannot be seen), so remember to practice food safety and enjoy your eggs well cooked and prior to the eat by date suggested above.

The Egg Float Test – How to tell if eggs are bad

In determining how long eggs last, many people use the egg float test. Although it is not 100% accurate, it allows you to tell if an egg is bad without cracking the shell. If you wonder if your egg has gone bad, simply submerge it in water to test if the egg has expired. A good egg will sink to the bottom and stay there on its side. An egg that stands with its larger side up is older, but the egg is still good. If the egg floats or hovers, then bacteria has broken down proteins in the egg whites and created gasses, an indication that the egg is probably unsafe to eat. This quick test may result in a false negative, but we believe it is better safe than sorry and any egg that fails this test should be thrown out.
If your eggs have gone bad or fail the egg float test, be sure to check out our egg substitution page.

How to store eggs to extend how long eggs are good for?

Proper food storage is the key to extending how long eggs are good. You can help eggs keep fresh longer by storing eggs in the their original container in the refrigerator. Storing eggs in this fashion will keep out moisture and other contaminants.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.
Freezing is not recommended for eggs because after freezing and thawing the eggs will turn into a thick clumpy paste. So, if you want to freeze your eggs to extend their shelf life, it is best to crack the eggs into a freezer safe container and gently blend in 1/2 teaspoon of salt before freezing. The eggs can then be thawed and used, but these eggs will not rise much if later used in baked goods. If you do this, also be sure to thaw the frozen eggs in the refrigerator before using.

What if you have too many eggs about to spoil and go to waste?

If your eggs are nearing their Eat By Date and you’ll soon have bad eggs, try one of these suggestions to extend the shelf life of eggs for another week:

  • Make hard boiled eggs. By boiling eggs, it will extend the shelf life of eggs for an additional week. For perfect eggs, see our article on how long to boil eggs?.
  • Make a Quiche. Use your eggs to make and bake a quiche that can be micro-waved slice by slice to extend the shelf life of eggs for another 4-5 days.

 

Interesting facts related to the shelf life of eggs:

  • Most people thinks of eggs as a dairy product, but they are actually classified as “animal by-products”.
  • The average hen lays about 250 to 270 eggs every year.
  • An egg white contains 57% of the total egg protein and none of the cholesterol. All of an egg’s cholesterol is in the egg yolk.
  • If you need a substitute for eggs check our page for ideas.

 

 

                                       FRUITS

……………How Long Do Fruits Last?………………..

Fruits are nature’s cure for the sweet tooth. Fruits provide protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and fiber all wrapped up in neat little packages.

 

How Long Do Apples Last?

How long do apples last?

Apple Shelf Life

How long do apples last? The shelf life of apples depends on a variety of factors, since there is not usually a sell by date, the only date you can go by is the purchased or picked date. Because of their relatively low cost, long Shelf Life, and proven health benefits, apples are one of the most popular fruits in the world and can be eaten right off the tree or cooked in hundreds of different ways. Remember, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” because of their high fiber and vitamin content while having very few calories. So, how long do apples last? When properly stored, the shelf life of fresh apples past their sell by date is approximately:

 

(Unopened) Pantry Refrigerator
Fresh Apples lasts for 2-4 Weeks 1-2 Months
Packaged Fresh Cut Apples lasts for 3-5 Days
Applesauce lasts for 1-2 Months (Unopened) 1-2 Weeks (Open)
Apple Pie lasts for 1-2 Days 4-5 Days

 

This range is broad because apples may be purchased, stored and prepared in many different ways, each which can result in a different expiration date. It’s also hard to tell how long of a shelf life they already had at the grocery before they arrived in your home. Also, there are so many different varieties ranging from soft and sweet to crisp and tangy. The firmer varieties, like Granny Smith, last longer than the softer varieties, like Golden Delicious.

Of course, apples last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But remember, apples, like a lot of other fresh fruits, usually do not have a use by date or so you have to use the date purchased to calculate the expiration date of apples.

How to tell if apples are bad, rotten or spoiled

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if yourapples have gone bad beyond the shelf life. Some common traits of bad apples are a grainy, soft interior and wrinkled skin along with discoloration and bruising. There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled apples, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your apples prior to the eat by date.

How to store apples to extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. You can help apples keep fresh longer by storing them in your pantry or refrigerator drawer. Once apples are prepared, apples should be stored in a tightly closed container to keep out moisture and other contaminants. Although fresh apples will turn brown when exposed to air, a squeeze of lemon or lime will prolong the fresh white color and a vacuum seal will further prolong discoloration. Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

Some interesting facts about Apples:

  • There are 7500 varieties of apples!
  • The state of Washington grows the most apples in the United States.

What to do with too many apples about to go bad?

Save your apples before they are rotten apples with one of these simple recipes:

  • Put a little water in a pan and add sliced, peeled (they don’t have to be peeled but are nicer to eat) apples and cook them for about 5-10 minutes until soft and then pour out any excess water and add a touch of butter (if desired) and some cinnamon (sugar too if desired) – serve warm as a yummy side dish.
  • Apple Crisp makes a quick dessert – butter a pan and throw in some sliced apples (again, peeled is best) and then spread a mixture of oatmealflourbrown sugarsoft butter and a touch of cinnamon on top. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or so.

 

 

 

How Long Do Avocados Last?

How Long Do Avocados Last?

Shelf Life of Avocados

How Long Do Avocados Last? The shelf life of avacados depends mostly on how the avocado is stored because there is no sell by dateuse by date or best before date attached anywhere to fruits like avocados. Yes, even though avocados are mostly used for salads and sandwiches (as in “California style”), avocados are actually a fruit that grows on avocado trees. They are best known for their monounsaturated fatty acids which are good for the cardiovascular system but their oil also hydrates and toughens skin cells. Basically, the avocados sell by date is the date you purchased the avocado. So, how long do avocados last? When properly stored, theshelf life of avocados past the date purchased is approximately …

(Unopened) Shelf Fridge
Fresh Avocados lasts for 3-4 Days 7-10 Days
Homemade Guacamole lasts for 3-4 Hours 1-2 Days

 

How to tell if avocados are bad, rotten or spoiled?

A perfect avocado is a dark green color and the avocados firmness will give just a little when pressed. An avocado has most probably gone bad when it is black and you can leave an indent in the avocado with a gentle press of your finger. A good avocado is a light green color when cut open and an avocado that has gone bad will be brown or even black on the inside of the avocado. So, before this happens to your avocado you better know how to guacamole.

How to store avocados to extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. Even though avocados are actually fruit, they are best kept in the refrigerator drawer that is marked for fresh produce. Once avocados are ripe, keeping them in the refrigerator will make them last several days longer. If they are left on the counter, they will continue to ripen. To ripen a light green avocado, simply leave it on the counter and it will continue to ripen. Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste. Also, make sure you practice proper hygiene and food safety discipline as it will help prevent food borne illness.

What if you have too many ripe avocados?

How to Guacamole
How to make guacamole with avocados is a very important thing to know before guests arrive for your fiesta and a great use of too many avocados! Try this simple avocado guacamole recipe if you do have too many avocados. To make avocado guacamole just smash your avocados up with some tomatoes, onions, garlic, jalapeno, lime juice, salt & pepper and dip your chips away – that’s how to guacamole! And don’t forget to leave the avocado pit in the middle of your guacamole dip to keep it looking fresh and green for hours.

Interesting Facts about Avocados

  • Avocados are grown year round in California, where 90% of the worlds crop is grown.
  • There are 7 varieties of avocados, but 95% of the crop is the Haas variety.
  • Avocados get even creamer if heated, but don’t cook them. Slice them in half, remove the pit and squirt with lemon juice then olive oil and grill for a minute per side.

 

 

How Long Do Bananas Last?

How Long Do Bananas Last?

Shelf Life of Bananas

How long do bananas last? The shelf life of bananas is difficult to determine because there is no sell by dateuse by date or best before date attached anywhere to bananas. For eat by date purposes we must use the date the bananas were purchased. Bananas are often referred to as “nature’s perfect food” – they contain many essential vitamins and minerals, like potassium, and come neatly wrapped in their own protective container. They can range from a bright green color to the perfect yellow to already developing a brown spotted skin in the grocery store and people have different preferences as to which stage is the ripe one. So, how long do bananas last? When properly stored, the shelf life of bananas beyond the purchase date is approximately …

Counter Refrigerator Freezer
Fresh Bananas last for 2-7 Days 2-9 Days 2-3 Months

 

How to tell if bananas are bad, rotten or spoiled?

Fresh bananas will first get brown spots and then get soft and turn completely brown and leak liquid when they have gone bad. If left out long enough they will eventually turn black and grow mold. Bananas are usually shipped green since they develop better color, texture, aroma and sweet taste after being harvested. Placing bananas near other fruit will cause the otherfruits to also ripen faster.

Another problem you may experience with having fresh fruit on the counter is the sudden presence of fruit flies. Fruit Flies are tiny little flies that just hover around your fresh fruit basket. So, how do you get rid of fruit flies? To get rid of fruit flies, place a bowl of water with a teaspoon of vinegar in it next to the fruit basket at night. In the morning, all the fruit flies will be drown in the bowl. Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness.

How to store bananas to extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste. Bananas ripen at room temperature, so to stunt the ripening process bananas can be placed in the refrigerator. Bananas can also be frozen, but the texture will change.

 

How Long Do Blueberries Last?

How Long Do Blueberries Last?

Blueberry Shelf Life

How long do blueberries last? The shelf life of blueberries depends when the blueberries were picked and how they are stored. Blueberries are a delicious fruit best in the spring and summer when they are fresh off the blueberry plant. Blueberries are a popular fruit because of their fresh sweet taste and ease of preparation – they can be eaten right off the stem (after rinsing of course) with little waste or used in hundreds of different ways including baked goods. So, how long do blueberries last? When properly stored, the shelf life of blueberries past their picked or purchased date is approximately …

(Unopened/Opened) Counter Refrigerator Freezer
Fresh Whole Blueberries last for 2-3 Days 7-10 Days 6-8 Months

 

Of course, all foods last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But remember, blueberries, like a lot of otherfresh fruits, usually do not have a use by date or a best before date so you will have to use the date purchased. Sometimes when blueberries are purchased in a package it is labeled with the date the they were packed or there will be a best buy date on blue purchased frozen – this date can be used to calculate the eat by date.
Although freezing is an indefinite form of storage, frozen fruit tends to form ice crystals rapidly due to the high water content of fruit. Fruit frozen too long will eventually have more ice crystals than fruit as the blueberries dry out and shrink.

How to tell if blueberries are bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Some common traits of bad blueberries are a mushy, soft texture and some discoloration and bruising and then mold will start to appear beginning where the stem was attached. Remember, if they are moldy, throw them out!
There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiledblueberries, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your blueberries prior to the eat by date.

How to store blueberries and extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. Blueberries should be stored directly from the store into a sealed air-tight container to keep out moisture and other contaminants. Do not rinse your blueberries until immediately before use.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

 

 


How Long Does Canned Fruit Last?

How Long Does Canned Fruit Last?

Shelf Life of Canned Fruit

How long does canned fruit last? The shelf life of canned fruit depends on a variety of factors, such as the best before date and at what temperature the can is stored. Canned fruit is one of the best ways to eat fruit, when your favorites are not in season of course. Canned peaches, canned pear, canned pineapples … the list of fruits that can be preserved by canning is extensive. Canning is a high-heat process that makes the product sterile, and most canned fruit have added sugar to further help with the preservation process. Even the fruits stored in their own natural juices contain enough natural sugar to keep the fruit fresh for years. So, how long does canned fruit last? When properly stored, the shelf life of canned fruit past its best by date is approximately …

(Unopened) Pantry
Past Printed Date
Canned Fruit lasts for 1-2 Years
(Opened) Refrigerator
Canned Fruit lasts for 7 Days

 

Of course, canned fruit lasts for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But remember, canned fruit, unlike a lot of other fruits, usually has a best by date and not a use by date or an expiration date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use canned fruit to compliment your favorite meals even after the best by date has lapsed.

How to tell if canned fruit is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Canned fruit should be good for years, but if the lid of the can seems to be rounded across the top instead of flat (which sometimes happens after cans have been dropped and dented) – then the fruit may be bad and the can should be tossed. There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled fruit, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your canned fruit prior to the eat by date.

How to store canned fruit to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. You can help keep canned fruit fresh longer by storing it on a shelf where the temperature is cool, always under 75 degrees Fahrenheit, and away from sunlight. Once opened, any leftovers should be put into an airtight container and placed in the fridge. Never place open cans containing food into the fridge. Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

 

How Long Do Maraschino Cherries Last?

Shelf Life of CherriesHow long do maraschino cherries last? They were essential to your party last month, but can you stick one on top of your ice cream today or do maraschino cherries go bad? The shelf life of maraschino cherries depends on a variety of factors, such as the best by date, the preparation method and how the cherries are stored. Maraschino cherries, although once made from maraschino cherries grown in Croatia and then soaked in Maraschino wine from Italy and used as a royal treat, are now more artificial than cherry. Most maraschino cherries in the grocery are actually Queen Anne cherries that are soaked in a salt brine and then soaked again in a sweetener and then again in an artificial coloring. The salt and the sugar change and preserve the cherry without alcohol.

So, how long do maraschino cherries last? Or, after all that processing do maraschino cherries go bad? When a jar of cherries is properly stored, the shelf life of maraschino cherries past their best before date is at least…

Product Pantry (Unopened) Refrigerator (Opened)
Past Printed Date Past Printed Date
Maraschino Cherries last for 2-3 Years 6-12 Months

 

Of course, all foods last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. Maraschino cherries kept on the counter after opening will only last around a week. But remember, maraschino cherries, like a lot of other fruits, usually have a best before date and not a use by date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use maraschino cherries to compliment your favorite meals even after the best before date has lapsed.

How to tell if maraschino cherries are bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Sight is usually the best way to tell if your maraschino cherries have gone bad. If the top of the lid on the jar is rounded and dome shaped instead of flat across, the maraschino cherries have most likely gone bad probably because the jar was not sealed properly. If you open the jar and do not a hear the normal pop then the seal had been broken and most likely the maraschino cherries have gone bad. If anything is brown or black inside, then you should not eat the cherries. The cherries will begin to get mushier as time goes on and they are beginning to go bad. There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled pickles, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your pickles prior to the eat by date.

How to store maraschino cherries to extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food.
The best place to store unopened maraschino cherries is in the pantry where the temperature is always less than 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

Once opened, the cherries should be kept re-sealed in their jar in the fridge.
If they were purchased in a can, move them to a jar or other tightly sealed container.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

What can you with leftover maraschino cherries?

  • Cherry juice can be used as a base to marinate beef or pork.
  • Maraschino cherries can be added to any fruit salad.

 

 

 

How Long Do Coconuts Last?

Coconut Shelf Life

How long do coconuts last? The shelf life of coconuts depends when they were picked (since there is not usually a sell by date), how long they took to get to you and how they are stored. Coconuts, usually considered a fruit despite it’s name, are full of fiber and nutrients and are usually purchased either whole or shredded (dried). Both the meat and the milk have high levels of Vitamin C, B1, B2 and B3. A coconut palm is referred to as the “tree of life” because a coconut can be used for food, drink, fiber, utensils, instruments, medicinal purposes, fuel and more.

So, how long do coconuts last? When properly stored, the shelf life of coconuts past their purchase date or best-by date is approximately …

(Unopened) Counter Refrigerator Freezer
Past Date Past Date Past Date
Fresh Coconuts last for 1 Week 2-3 Weeks 6-8 Months
Packaged Coconut lasts for 6-12 Months 6-12 Months 6-8 Months
(Opened) Counter Refrigerator Freezer
Fresh Coconuts last for 1 Week 6-8 Months
Homemade Roasted Coconut lasts for 2-3 Months 2-3 Months 6-8 Months
Packaged (Dried) Coconut lasts for 4-6 Months 6-8 Months 6-8 Months
Coconut Oil lasts for 1-2 Years

 

Of course, all foods last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly.
Packaged dried coconut usually has a best before date which is a date set by the manufacturer to guarantee best product quality and not an expiration date or an expression of safety.

How to tell if coconuts are bad, rotten or spoiled?

A whole coconut is hard to crack, but also hard to tell if it is good or not. A fresh coconut will be heavy and when you shake it you will hear the juice splashing around inside. Watch out for any cracks or bruises on the coconut shell. Getting a fresh coconut very much depends on where you live, since the shelf life of a fresh coconut is only about 2-3 months and the process from picking (probably in Asia) to selling in the U.S. (except Hawaii) is about 2 months! Because of this, many coconuts on the store shelves are already old and their shelf life has expired before they even reach your house!
To tell if a coconut has gone bad – look into it’s eyes! Yes, a coconut has three eyes – two of which are blind and then the one on the largest third of the coconut should be a dry down circle – if you see any protrusions here it could be an infected coconut. Also, old coconuts are more of a greyish color and not a healthy brown. Once you crack it open, the meat should be pure white.
A coconut with an expired shelf life will be yellowish in color.
The coconut meat can be stored in an airtight bag in the fridge.

Bad dried shredded coconut will just get drier (still ok) and drier when it is going bad until it finally becomes brittle and yellowish in color (gone bad).

For a long term option, the meat can be frozen and then later defrosted in the fridge.

There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled foods, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your foods prior to their eat by dates.

How to store coconuts and extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food.
Coconuts should be stored in a cool place, be it the pantry, fridge or freezer because low temperatures suppress infection by micro-organisms, to which coconuts are prone.

Freezing changes the consistency of the coconut, actually making the meat softer and easier to process.

For dried (shredded) coconut, it is best kept in an airtight container in the fridge once opened. A jar with a re-sealable lid works perfect to keep coconut fresh and handy.

Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

 

 

How Long Does Dried Fruit Last?

Shelf Life of Dried Fruit

How long does dried fruit last? Fruits with the water removed become dried fruits, lasting much longer than if they were fresh. The drying process can be done naturally by the sun or in a dehydrator (or less often in a slow oven). The shelf life of dried fruit depends on a variety of factors, such as the best by date, the drying method and how the dried fruit was stored. Because of its vibrant taste and proven health benefits (no fat, high fiber), dried fruit is one of the easiest and most popular ways to eat fruit, especially with hikers. Since most of the water is removed from the fruit, the shelf life is lengthened and the flavor is stronger. So, how long does dried fruit last? When properly stored, the shelf life of dried fruits such as raisins (dried grapes), craisins (dried cranberries), dried apricots (actually apricots!) and many others past their best by date is approximately …

(Unopened) Pantry Fridge Freezer
Past Printed Date Past Printed Date Past Printed Date
Raisins last for 6-12 Months 1-2 Years Indefinite
Dried Cranberries last for 6-12 Months 1-2 Years Indefinite
Craisins last for 6-12 Months 1-2 Years Indefinite
Dried Cherries last for 6-12 Months 1-2 Years Indefinite
Dried Apricots last for 6-12 Months 1-2 Years Indefinite
Dried Mangoes last for 6-12 Months 1-2 Years Indefinite
Dates last for 3-12 Months 1-2 Years Indefinite
Dried Blueberries last for 6-12 Months 1-2 Years Indefinite
Dried Plums last for 6-12 Months 1-2 Years Indefinite
Banana Chips last for 1-2 Months
Figs last for 3-12 Months 1-2 Years Indefinite
Chocolate Cherries last for 2-3 Weeks 6 Months 1 Year
(Opened) Pantry Fridge Freezer
Open Dried Fruit lasts for 3-6 Months 6-12 Months 1* Years

 

*Freezing is an indefinite form of storage and dried fruit, if properly sealed, can last for many years.
Of course, dried fruit lasts for a shorter period of time if it is not stored properly. But remember, dried fruit, like some other fruits, usually has a best by date and not a use by date or expiration date. Because of this distinction, you may safely consume dried fruit even after the best before date has lapsed.

How to tell if dried fruit is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your dried fruit has gone bad. Some common traits of dried fruit going bad are discoloration (usually to a darker tone), hardness (they can become extremely chewy as they age, but can still be eaten as some actually prefer them this way) and loss of flavor (a stale or flavorless taste). If there is a rotten smell, then your dried fruit has gone bad for sure. There is a far less chance of mold formation with dried fruit than fresh fruit because the moisture has been removed, but always beware of mold and toss your dried fruit if even the slightest mold is visible.
There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled dried fruit, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your dried fruit prior to its eat by date.

How to store dried fruit to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of raisins and other dried fruit. You can help dried fruit stay fresh longer by storing it in your refrigerator or in your pantry in a tightly closed container to keep out moisture and other contaminants. Some fruits, like prunes which are moister than many of the others, enjoy the moisture of the fridge and taste better cold.
For a long-term option, you can also store your dried fruit in a freezer. Freezing is supposed to be an indefinite form of storage, but after varying amounts of time most foods start to break down or develop freezer burn. Properly dried fruit seems to be an exception – it really does freeze well for extended amounts of time if properly sealed with an air tight sealer.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

How to read the Best By date on Ocean Spray Cranberry products?

Ocean Spray cranberry products are a popular choice in the U.S. for cranberries. The best by date on a dried cranberry package is on the back of the package near the bottom and reads like this: 13MAY12 where the 13=the 13th Day and the 12=the Year 2012.
So, the best by date on Ocean Spray cranberries is DDMONTHYY.

Any Interesting Facts about Dried Fruit?

  • Don’t let that package of “Dried Plums” fool you – they are Prunes and will act as such! Which is not a bad thing, if you limit the quantity like the Sunsweet Ones which are packaged for portability (although it is excessive packaging, it does limit your intake and the specially designed wrapping keeps each prune perfect and extends its shelf life). Prunes get a bad wrap, but dried plums just sound more appealing. By either name, their fiber does more than just regulate. It also helps normalize blood sugar levels which help prevent and treat type 2 diabetes and can help you loose weight like this blogger mom did.

 

 

 

How Long Does Frozen Fruit Last?

How Log Does Frozen Fruit Last?

Frozen Fruit Shelf Life

How long does frozen fruit last? The shelf life of frozen fruit depends on a variety of factors, such as the best by date, the preparation method and how the frozen fruit is stored. Fresh fruit that is flash frozen… perfect all year long! Because of their proven health benefits and extended shelf life, keeping frozen fruit is easy. Fortunately for us, manufacturers are doing their part to keep the frozen fruit tasty and healthy. So, how long does frozen fruit last? When properly stored, the shelf life of frozen fruit past the sell by date is approximately …

(Unopened) Freezer
Past Printed Date
Frozen Fruit lasts for 8-10 Months
(Opened) Freezer
Frozen Fruit lasts for 6-8 Months

 

Of course, frozen fruit lasts for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But remember, frozen fruit, like a lot of otherfruit, usually has a best by date and not a use by date or expiration date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use frozen fruit to compliment your favorite meals even after the best by date has lapsed.

How to tell if frozen fruit is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Sight is usually the best way to tell if your frozen fruit has gone bad. Some common traits of bad frozen fruit are a dull color and a frostbitten look. There will be a lot of very white colored ice if the fruit has been around too long. You could still use the fruit, by putting it in a strainer and running cold water over it, but if there is too much white ice then the fruit will probably taste a little bit worse than nothing, Also beware as to whether the ice is on the fruit (OK) or the fruit has been frostbitten (Bad – the actual fruit will appear white). There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled frozen fruit, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your frozen fruit prior to its eat by date.

How to store frozen fruit to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. You can help frozen fruit keep fresh longer by storing it in a freezer safe container (like a zip lock bag made for the freezer). Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

What’s the best use of frozen fruit that’s been in the freezer long enough?

One of the best ways to use up extra frozen fruit is to make a smoothie. Throw any and all kinds of frozen fruit into the blender with some fruit juice, and maybe some yogurt or sherbet. Nothing else needed, just blend it up – and voila, a great tasting and healthy smoothie!

 

 

 

How Long Do Grapes Last?

How Long Do Grapes Last?

Grape Expiration

How long do grapes last? The shelf life of grapes depends when the grapes were picked and how they are stored. Grapes are a popular fruit because of their fresh sweet taste and ease of preparation – they can be eaten right off the vine (after rinsing of course) with little waste or they can be used to make jelly, juice or wine. They are low in fat and high in natural sugars, vitamin C and vitamin K. So, how long do grapes last? When properly stored, the shelf life of fresh grapes past their picked or purchased date is approximately …

(Whole) Counter Refrigerator Freezer
Grapes last for 3-5 Days 7-10 Days 3-5 Months

 

Of course, grapes last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But remember, like a lot of other fresh fruits, they usually do not have a use by date or a best before date so you will have to use the date purchased.

How to tell if grapes are bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your grapes have gone bad. Some common traits of bad grapes are a soft texture, brown discoloration and they begin to smell a little like vinegar when they are left too long and ferment. Mold will start to appear, so be sure to discard any rotten grapes.
There are, of course, certain health risks associated with all spoiled foods, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your foods prior to their eat by dates.

 

How to store grapes to extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. Grapes are best kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Frozen grapes make a great low calorie healthy snack. Just rinse and dry your grapes and place them individually on a cookie sheet. Freeze the entire sheet then put the grapes into a freezer safe bag and re-freeze. They make a great snack to eat frozen or for putting in school lunches in little baggies so that they will keep the lunch cool and then be defrosted by lunchtime.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

 

 

 

How Long Do Lemons Last?

How Long Do Lemons Last?

Shelf Life of Lemons

How long do lemons last? The shelf life of lemons depends on a variety of factors, since there is not usually a sell by date, so the only date you can go by is the purchased date or picked date. Because of their relatively low cost, long Shelf Life, and extremely high concentration of vitamin C lemons are a tangy addition to many foods and drinks.

So, how long do lemons last? When properly stored, the shelf life of fresh lemons past their sell by date is approximately …

Counter Refrigerator
Fresh Lemons last for 2-4 Weeks 1-2 Months
Cut Lemons last for Same Day 2-3 Days
Lemon Juice (re-sealable bottle) last for 4-6 Months
Fresh Squeezed Lemonade lasts for Same Day 1 Week
Processed Lemonade (Unopened) lasts for 2 Weeks
Processed Lemonade (Opened) lasts for 1 Week

 

Of course, all foods last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But remember, lemons, like a lot of other fresh fruits, usually do not have a use by date or best before date so you will have to use the date purchased. Sometimes when lemons are purchased in a package it is labeled with the date the lemons were packed into the container. This date can be used to calculate the eat by date.

How to tell if lemons are bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your lemons have gone bad beyond the shelf life.
Some common traits of bad lemons are a soft texture and some discoloration. The soft spot is moist and will develop mold, usually white in color at first. There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled food, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your lemons prior to their eat by date.

How to store lemons and extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food.
You can help lemons keep fresh longer by storing them in your refrigerator drawer.
If lemons were purchased in a plastic bag, remove them from the bag which could have trapped moisture which will cause the lemons to soften and spoil.
Once lemons are prepared, lemons should be stored in a tightly closed container to keep out moisture and other contaminants.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

What to do if you have too many lemons about to go bad?

I’ve always been a firm believer that if life hands you lemons, make lemonade!

Interesting Lemon Facts – are there other uses for lemons?

  • They can also help a sore throat – squeeze one lemon, mix in an equal amount of warm water and gargle.
  • If you need zest, read our FAQ titled “what is lemon zest”.

 

 

 

 

How Long Do Oranges Last?

How Long Do Oranges Last?

Shelf Life of Oranges

How long do oranges last?
The shelf life of oranges, like most other fresh fruit or fresh vegetables is variable because most have no sell by dateuse by date, or best before date. Since there is no printed date and it’s difficult to tell how long the fruit has been on the grocery shelf prior to purchase, the only date you can go by is the purchased date or date picked (if you are lucky enough to pick your own fresh fruit). There are two main varieties of oranges; Navel which are best for eating, and Valencia which are best for juice. Because of their relatively low cost, long Shelf Life, easy portability and extremely high concentration of antioxidents, vitamin C and fiber oranges are one of the most popular fruits around. So, how long do oranges last? When properly stored, some of the more popular expiration dates of oranges can be found below.

Counter Refrigerator
Fresh Oranges last for 2-3 Weeks 1-2 Months
Cut Oranges last for Same Day 1-2 Days

 

Of course, all foods last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. Sometimes when they are packaged in a large bag or box it is labeled with the date the oranges were packed into the container. This date can be used to calculate the eat by date.

How to tell if oranges are bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your oranges have gone bad beyond the shelf life. Some common traits of bad oranges are a soft texture and some discoloration. The soft spot is moist and develops a mold, usually white in color at first. Bad oranges, just like bad orange juice and other fruit juices, will have a distinct sour smell and taste. There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled oranges, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy all your foods prior to their eat by dates.

How to store oranges to extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. You can help oranges stay fresh longer by storing them in your refrigerator drawer. Once oranges are prepared, they should be stored in a tightly closed container to keep out moisture and other contaminants.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

Interesting facts!

  • Most oranges in North America come from Florida and California
  • Navel oranges are named so because they have a belly button opposite the stem. The bigger the navel, the sweeter the orange.
  • Valencia oranges turn orange when ripe, but then can turn green again as they re-absorb chlorophyll when remaining on the tree during warm weather (but they’re still ripe).

What to do if you have too many oranges about to go bad?

  • Make orange juice! Cut and squeeze the oranges into a glass or container, then refrigerate and drink within a day.
  • Peel the oranges and put into a Vitamix with some bananascanned pineapplefruit juice and ice for a great smoothie.
  • Peel and separate the oranges and toss them into a container of chocolate yogurt.

 

 

 

How Long Do Pineapples Last?

How Long Does Pineapple Last?

Pineapple Longevity

How long do pineapples last? The shelf life of pineapples depends when the pineapples were picked and how they are stored. Pineapples are a popular fruit because of their fresh sweet taste and high vitamin content. Fresh pineapples are the only known source of Bromelain, an enzyme containing anti-inflammatory properties. So, how long do pineapples last? When properly stored, the shelf life of fresh pineapples past their picked or purchased date is approximately …

 

Counter Refrigerator Freezer
Pineapple (Whole) lasts for 2-3 Days 4-5 Days -
Pineapple (Cut) lasts for - 3-4 Days 3-5 Months

 

Of course, all foods last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But remember, pineapples, like a lot of otherfresh fruits, usually do not have a use by date or a best before date so you will have to use the date purchased or date picked.

 

How to tell if pineapples are bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Some common traits of bad pineapples are brown leaves on the crown and a soft wet bottom with the rest of the body drying out and looking old or brown. The sweet aroma will also disappear as the fruit begins to ferment and be replaced by a a more pungent sour smell that is closer to the smell of vinegar. The fruit will become softer and turn a darker gold color and just not taste right.
There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled pineapples, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy them prior to their eat by date.

How to store pineapples to extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. Pineapples are best kept in the refrigerator.
Cut fruits should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for extended shelf life.
For a long term storage option, cut pineapple can be frozen if placed in freezer safe containers.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

How to Pick a Pineapple

Pineapples are picked when they are ripe and do not continue to ripen after they have been harvested, so if you want a tasty fruit it is important to know how and when to pick the fruit. In deciding on what pineapple to pick, you should choose the one that is golden brown and is the most fresh looking, it does not matter if the leaves fall off easily or not. Avoid the pineapples that appear to be old, have browned leaves, are bruised, have soft spots, are very green or overly dry.[1]


How Long Do Strawberries Last
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Shelf Life of Strawberries

How long do strawberries last? The shelf life of strawberries depends when the strawberries were picked (since there is not usually a sell by date) and how they are stored. Strawberries are a delicious fruit best in the spring and summer when they are fresh off the strawberry plant. Strawberries are a popular fruit because of their fresh sweet taste and ease of preparation – they can be eaten right off the stem (after rinsing of course) with little waste or used in hundreds of different ways. So, how long do strawberries last? When properly stored, the shelf life of fresh strawberries past their picked or purchased date is approximately …

(Unopened/Opened) Counter Refrigerator Freezer
Fresh Whole Strawberries lasts for 1-2 Days 5-7 Days 6-8 Months
Fresh Cut Strawberries lasts for 1 Day 1-3 Days 3-4 Months

 

Of course, strawberries last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But remember, strawberries, like a lot of other fresh fruits, usually do not have a use by date or a best before date so you will have to use the date purchased. Sometimes when strawberries are purchased in a package it is labeled with the date the strawberries were packed into the container or there will be a best buy date on strawberries purchased frozen – this date can be used to calculate the eat by date.

How to tell if strawberries are bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if yourstrawberries have gone bad. Some common traits of bad strawberries are a mushy, soft texture and some discoloration and bruising and then mold will start to appear. There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled strawberries, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your strawberries prior to the eat by date.

How to store strawberries and extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. Strawberries should be stored directly from the store (*do not wash) into a tightly sealed BPE free plastic air-tight container to keep out moisture and other contaminants, this will keep them fresh well beyond any other storage method. This tip is from a farmer and beats any other way to store strawberries, just be sure to *rinse your strawberries off immediately before use and leave the rest sealed for 5 days or even more depending on your container. If they begin to taste like plastic after several days, then your container may not be BPE free and some of the chemicals from the container are beginning to leak into the fruit (you should get new containers). Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

 

 

 

                                       GRAINS

………….How Long Do Grains Last?……………

Grains are the world’s food staple. The grain category consists of foods made from rice, oats, wheat, barley, corn meal or other cereal grains. Whole grains consist of the entire product and refined grains have some part of the grain removed or processed. Food products made from grains include breads, pasta, oats, grits, flour, and tortillas to name a few.

 

 

How Long Does Bread Last?

how long does bread last

Bread Shelf Life

Bread – How long does bread last? The shelf life of bread depends on a variety of factors, such as the best by date, the preparation method and how it was stored.

 

Bread is made of flour, water and yeast. Because of its relatively low cost and high calorie density, bread is one of the most popular food staples in the world. It is so versatile that it can be prepared and sold in varieties of any shape or size.

So, how long does bread last? When properly stored, the shelf life of bread past its best by date is approximately …

Opened/Unopened Pantry Freezer
Past Printed Date  Past Printed Date
Bakery Bread lasts for 2-3 Days 6 Months
Packaged Bagels (Soft)last for 5-7 Days 6 Months
Bakery Bagels last for 2-3 Days 6 Months
Packaged Bread (Soft) lasts for 5-7 Days 6 Months
Cooked French Toast lasts for 5-7 Days 6-8 Months
Bread Crumbs last for 5-6 Months 6-8 Months
Croutons last for 5-6 Months

 

Of course, it lasts for a shorter period of time if it is not stored properly. Remember, bread, like a lot of other grains, usually has a best by date and not an expiration date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use breads to compliment your favorite meals even after the best before date has lapsed.

How to tell if bread is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your product has gone bad.

Some common traits of bad bread are mold (mould), which can often be smelled before it is seen. Bread mold can come in all sorts of colors, even white which needs a close look to differentiate from flour. If one slice of bread is moldy, it is not a good idea to eat another slice from the same loaf – throw away the entire loaf.

A hard and dry texture means that the bread is stale but it can still be used as bread crumbs or croutons if there is no mold (mould). Since bread crumbs and croutons are dried, if they are kept dry, they can enjoy a long shelf life because mold needs moisture to grow. But if your breadcrumbs have gone bad, check our breadcrumb substitution page for suitable alternatives.

There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled bread, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your bread prior to the eat by date.

How to store bread to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food.

You can help keep freshly baked bakery bread fresh by storing it in a paper bag. Paper bags are better than plastic bags because the paper allows the bread to breath and keep from moisture build up and mold – but it will dry out way faster.

Sliced bread is best stored in the plastic bag that it comes in to keep it fresh. Bread can be stored in the fridge, but it is not recommended because it dries out much faster.

Freezing is a better long-term option, you can freeze your bread while preserving its taste and texture if you use an air-tight freezer safe container (or the plastic bag it came with a twist tie closure). Foods freeze indefinitely, but the quality declines after the times indicated on the table.

Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

Some interesting facts:

  • Breaking bread is a universal sign of peace.
  • Bakeries color code their twist ties the day the bread is packaged. It is then delivered to the stores every day but Wednesday and Sunday. Major bakeries use the following code:
    Monday = blue

    Tuesday = Green

    Thursday = Red

    Friday = White

    Saturday = Yellow

 

 

 

 

How Long Does Rice Last?

Shelf Life of Rice

How long does rice last? The shelf life of rice is influenced by a variety of factors, such as the type of rice, whether it is cooked or not, its packaging and how it is stored. It is the most important staple food for a large part of the world’s human population, providing more than one fifth of the calories consumed worldwide by the human species. Like pasta, another grain, rice comes in a variety of types (white, brown, wild, short grain, long grain, etc.) and is often mixed with spices. Because of its relatively low cost, high calorie density, long shelf life and strong nutritional qualities, it is no wonder that it is enjoyed by billions of people daily. However, not all rice is created equal. So how long does white, brown or wild rice last?

When properly stored, the shelf life of rice is approximately…

(Raw) Pantry Refrigerator Freezer
Past Printed Date Past Printed Date Past Printed Date
White Rice lasts for 4-5 Years
Oxygen Free White Rice* lasts 25-30 Years 30* Years
Brown Rice lasts for 6-8 Months 8-12 Months
Wild Rice lasts for 6-8 Months
Minute Rice lasts for 4-5 Years
(Cooked) Pantry Refrigerator Freezer
White Rice lasts for 5-7 Days 6-8 Months
Brown Rice lasts for 4-5 Days 6-8 Months
Wild Rice lasts for 5-7 Days 6-8 Months

Polished white rice, when sealed in an oxygen-free container at 40°F or below, can be stored for up to 30 years. [1]
Of course, all food lasts for a shorter period of time if it is not stored properly. But remember, brown and white rice, like a lot of other grains, usually have a best by date and not an expiration date. Because of this, you can safely use it beyond the best by date.

How to tell if rice is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Since rice has an indefinite shelf life if kept dry, it is hard to tell if it has gone bad. One thing to watch for is the presence of the rice weevil, a tiny reddish-brown bug. If you see these moving in your product, you should discard the entire container and disinfect the container and the surrounding shelves.
Expired brown rice, on the other hand, is easier to spot. Brown rice may become oily and give off a rancid odor because of its essential fatty acids that go bad as they oxidize.
Cooked rice that has gone bad will show a loss of texture as it hardens and then can grow mold.
If your rice has gone bad and you need a quick substitute check our page on rice substitutes.
There are of course certain health risks associated with spoiled rice, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy it prior to its expiration.

How to store rice to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. The best way to store it is in an airtight container in the pantry or another cool dark place with a constant temperature.
Once prepared, it should be refrigerated in an airtight container to keep out moisture and other contaminants. Do not allow cooked food to sit out at room temperature for an extended period, two hours is maximum for proper food safety.
For a long term option, you can freeze your dry rice while preserving its taste if you use an oxygen-free (oxygen is the source of freezer burn) freezer safe container.
Cooked rice may also be frozen, but it is not recommended since it will most likely become mushy when re-heated.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

Interesting Facts about Rice?

  • Brown rice is a whole natural grain with only the hull removed, thus the fats between the remaining layers cause it to spoil more easily than white, which has been milled and stripped of all it’s layers and nutrients. Enriched rice has some of the nutrients chemically returned, but brown rice naturally retains almost all of the nutrients. Brown rice is also chewier and nuttier in flavor because of these natural layers.
  • Due to its low moisture content, white rice can keep almost indefinitely. This extended shelf life is a huge benefit to underdeveloped countries.

 

 

 

How Long Does Cereal Last?

How Long Does Cereal Last?

Shelf Life of Cereal

How Long Does Cereal Last? The shelf life of cereal depends on a variety of factors, such as the best before date, the preparation method and how and where the product is stored. Because of its relatively low cost, ease of use and high calorie density, cereal is one of the most popular grains around when looking for a quick breakfast or a late night snack. Cereal can be processed from almost any type of grain, and everyone has their favorite cereal – the topic can open a great debate!

So, how long does cereal last? When properly stored, the shelf life of cereal past its best before date is approximately …

(Unopened) Pantry Refrigerator
Past Printed Date Past Printed Date
Cheerios lasts for 6-8 Months
Shredded Wheat lasts for 6-8 Months
Box of Cereal lasts for 6-8 Months
(Opened) Pantry Refrigerator
Cereal lasts for 4-6 Months
Cooked Cereal lasts for 4-5 Days

 

Of course, foods last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. Like a lot of other grains, it usually has a best before date and not a use by date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use it even after the best before date has lapsed.

How to tell if cereal is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Since cereal grains have been dried, removing all the water, there is not much that can go bad with them unless you live in a very humid climate which could put some water back into the cereal and cause the cereal to go bad. Your senses of touch and hearing are the best ones to see if cereal has gone bad. If you try to break a flake of cereal and there is no crackling sound, then the cereal has probably gone bad – or more specifically the cereal is stale and has lost its crunch. It would still be OK to use for baking, but not very tasty to eat.

There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled cereal, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your cereal prior to the eat by date.

How to store cereal to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. You can help cereal stay fresh by storing it in a cool, dry, and dark place. The original box works great as long you tightly roll over the packaging or better yet use a clip to seal the opening.

Once prepared, cereals like oatmeal and cream of wheat that have been cooked should be stored in the refrigerator in a tightly closed container to keep out moisture and other contaminants.

Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

 

 

 

 

How Long Does Pasta Last?

Pasta Shelf Life

Shelf Life of Pasta

How long does pasta last? Dried pasta is made from seminola flour and water. Fresh pasta (homemade or purchased in the refrigerator section) usually includes eggs. The shelf life of pasta depends on a variety of factors, such as the best by date, the preparation method and how it was stored. Because of its relatively low cost and major versatility, it is one of the most popular food items in the world. Pasta comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes with some of the most popular being spaghetti, macaroni, and rigatoni. So, how long does pasta last? When properly stored, the shelf life of pasta past its sell by date is approximately …

 

Pantry Refrigerator Freezer
Past Printed Date Past Printed Date Past Printed Date
Dry Pasta lasts for 1-2 Years
Dry Noodles last for 1-2 Years
Fresh Pasta lasts for 4-5 Days 6-8 Months
Fresh Noodles last for 4-5 Days 6-8 Months
Cooked Pasta lasts for 7 Days 6-8 Months
Cooked Noodles last for 7 Days 6-8 Months

 

Of course, spaghetti, noodles and macaroni last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But remember, noodles, like a lot of other grains, usually has a best before date which is simply the last date the manufacturer will vouch for the product safety and not an expiration date for the product. Because of this distinction, you may safely use pasta even after the best before date has lapsed.

How to tell if pasta is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your pasta has gone bad.
Some common traits of bad fresh or cooked pasta or noodles are a discoloration and a dull, slimy appearance which appear before the formation of mold.
There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled pasta, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your pasta prior to the eat by date.

How to store pasta to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food.
You can help pasta keep fresh longer by storing it in its original packaging in your pantry. Once cooked, pasta should be stored in a tightly closed container to keep out moisture and other contaminants.

For a long-term option, you can freeze your pasta while preserving its taste if you use a freezer safe container. Just remember to cool your pasta (preferably run under cold water to stop the cooking) without a lid before you freeze it or it will be very mushy when thawed. Freezing is an indefinite type of storage, but cooked pasta begins to dry out when frozen too long.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

Interesting Facts about Pasta

  • Pasta may have originated in Italy, but many countries have their own version of the spaghetti noodle. China has Mein, Japan has Udon, the Philippines have Pancit, Poland has Pierogi, and Germany has Spaetzle to name a few.

 

 

 

 

How Long Does Pizza Last?

Shelf Life of Pizza

How long does pizza last? Originating in Italy, round dough with toppings has been copied and slightly altered by just about every other country. The shelf life of pizza depends on a variety of factors, such as the sell by date, the preparation method and how the pizza was stored. Because of its relatively low cost, high calorie density, and versatility pizza is one of the most popular foods around, anytime of day. You may purchase your pizza online from Dominos or Pizza Hut, pick it up at Little Ceasars, buy it frozen from the grocery or make your own fresh at home – each which has a different preparation including different toppings and thus can result in different expiration dates.

So, how long does pizza last? When properly stored, the shelf life of fresh hot pizza past its purchase or best by date is approximately …

Unopened) Counter Fridge Freezer
Past Date Past Date Past Date
Dominos Pizza lasts for 1 Day 3-5 Days 4-6 Months
Frozen Pizza lasts for 1 Day 3-5 Days 4-6 Months
Homemade Pizza lasts for 3-5 Days 4-6 Months

 

Of course, all foods last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But remember, pizza, like a lot of other grains, usually has a best by date and not a use by date or expiration date. Because of this distinction, you may safely eat it even after thebest before date date has lapsed.

How to tell if pizza is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your foods have gone bad. The first signs of bad pizza are a hard and dry texture, still safe but not too tasty. A spoiled pizza may also give off a rancid odor and become moldy if left too long. There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled pizza, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your pizza prior to the eat by date.

How to store pizza to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. You can help pizza keep fresh by refrigerating it in a tightly closed container to keep out moisture and other contaminants. For a long-term option, you can freeze your pizza while preserving its taste if you use an air-tight freezer safe container. Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

 

 

 

 

How Long Does Lasagna Last?

lasagna

Lasagna Shelf Life

How long does lasagna last? Lasagna, although there are many variations, is most often made with tomato sauceground beeflasagna noodles or pasta and ricotta cheese. The shelf life of lasagna depends on a variety of factors, such as possibly a best by date, the preparation method and how the lasagna was stored.
Because of its relative low cost when attempting to feed a crowd, lasagna is one of the most popular pot luck dishes around and the most common leftover since it makes so much for an average family.

So, how long does lasagna last? When properly stored, the shelf life of lasagna past its sell by date is approximately …

Refrigerator Freezer
Past Printed Date Past Printed Date
Deli Lasagna  lasts for 5-7 Days 6-8 Months
Frozen Lasagna lasts for 5-7 Days 6-8 Months
Homemade Lasagna lasts for 5-7 Days 6-8 Months

 

Of course, all foods last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly.
But remember, lasagna, like a lot of other grains, usually has a best before date which is simply the last date the manufacturer will vouch for the quality of the product, not it’s safety. Because of this distinction, you may safely use it even after the best before date, if there is one, has lapsed according to the above table and keeping in mind the signs of how to tell if it is bad.

How to tell if lasagna is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your lasagna has gone bad.
Some common traits of bad lasagna are a drying out of the noodles and then either the tomato sauce of the cheese will begin to have a sour smell.
There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled lasagna, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy it prior to the eat by date.

How to store lasagna to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. You can help lasagna stay fresh longer by storing it in its original packaging in your fridge or freezer if purchased frozen.

Once cooked, lasagna should be stored in a tightly closed container to keep out moisture and other contaminants.

For a long-term option, you can freeze fresh or homemade lasagna while preserving its taste if you use a freezer safe container. Freezing is an indefinite type of storage, but cooked lasagna begins to dry out when frozen too long.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

 

 

 

How Long Does Stuffing Last?

How Long Does Stuffing Last?

Stuffing Shelf Life

How long does stuffing last? Stuffing, usually a bread crumb type mixture placed inside or alongside poultry, can include all types of ingredients. The shelf life of stuffing depends on a variety of factors, such as the sell by date, the preparation method and how the stuffing was stored. Stuffing is most popular inside the turkey at Thanksgiving, but it is also used in many different meats and vegetables and as a side dish.

So, how long does stuffing last? When properly stored, the shelf life of stuffing past its sell by date is approximately …

Pantry Fridge Freezer
Past Printed Date  Past Printed Date  Past Printed Date
Packaged Dry Stuffing lasts 6 Months
Stove Top Stuffing Mix lasts 6 Months
Prepared Stuffing lasts for 4-6 Days 4-6 Months
Homemade Stuffing lasts for 4-6 Days 4-6 Months

 

Like a lot of other grains, it usually has a best by date and not an expiration date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use stuffing to compliment your favorite meals even after the best before has lapsed.

How to tell if stuffing is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your stuffing has gone bad. A common trait of bad stuffing is a sour smell, because the meat juices that soaked into the stuffing during cooking will begin to spoil first.
There are, of course, certain health risks associated with any spoiled food, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your bread prior to the use by date.

How to store stuffing to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. You can keep prepared stuffing fresh longer by storing in an air tight container in the refrigerator after it has been cooked.
Note: It is not recommended to make it before you need it, and never stuff a turkey until just before cooking time.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

How to stuff a Turkey or Chicken?

1) Rinse the turkey or chicken thoroughly with running water after removing the organs.
2) Prepare the stuffing using your recipe or according to the dry package mix.
3) Stuff the stuffing into the bird cavity, seal skin back in place.
4) Cook the chicken about 30 minutes longer than normal, about an hour longer for turkey.
**Two important notes about stuffing**:
1) Do not stuff your turkey until just before baking.
2) Remove all of the stuffing from the turkey right after removing the turkey from the oven.

 

 

 

How Long Do Tortillas Last?

How Long Do Tortillas Last?

Shelf Life of Tortillas

How long do Tortillas Last? 
The shelf life of tortillas depends on the best by date, the processing and how they are stored. Tortillas, a Spanish word meaning “torta” or little cake, are typically grilled on the stove top and consist of flour or corn, oil, and salt. Tortillas are gaining more and more popularity throughout the world as the variety of ingredients and variations have also grown rapidly in the last few years.

So, how long do tortillas last?
When properly stored, unopened packages of tortillas last for the time periods beyond their best before dates as indicated in the table below:

(Unopened) Pantry Refrigerator Freezer
Past Printed Date Past Printed Date Past Printed Date
Flour Tortillas last for 1 Week 3-4 Weeks 6-8 Months
Corn Tortillas last for 7-10 Days 6-8 Weeks 6-8 Months
Spinach Tortillas last for 1 Week 3-4 Weeks 6-8 Months
Whole Wheat Tortillas last 1 Week 3-4 Weeks 6-8 Months
Homemade Tortillas last 2-3 Days 5-7 Days 6-8 Months

 

Of course, all foods last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But, like many other products, tortillas usually have a best by date which is simply the last date by which a manufacturer will vouch for a product’s quality, not its safety.  Because of this distinction, you may safely eat them after the best by date has expired, according to the above table, if they have been stored properly.

 How to tell if tortillas are bad, rotten or spoiled?

Beyond saving money, practicing proper hygiene and food safety techniques will help prevent food borne illness.  Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your packaged tortillas have expired and gone bad.  Since different companies use different preservatives, there is variation in how long they last. Tortillas, which begin very pliable, will begin to get stiffer when they are getting old. You can tell if tortillas have gone bad if you notice any spots of mold on their surface, at which point the entire package should be thrown away.
There are, of course, certain health risks associated with any spoiled food, so always remember to practice food safety and eat your food prior to its expiration.

 How to store tortillas to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the shelf life of the tortillas. Packages of tortillas should be stored in a cool dry environment not susceptible to temperature change.  When items go through temperature changes of cool to warm and vice versa, the moisture in the air tends to condensate inside the packages.  This moisture allows mold to grow and tortillas to spoil. Thus, a refrigerator is highly recommended (but not required) to extend the shelf life of your tortillas.

For Home made tortillas, you can also keep them fresh longer by storing them in your refrigerator below 40°F immediately after use.  Store your tortillas in air-tight containers that help keep out moisture and other contaminants. Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

 Interesting facts about the shelf life of Tortillas

During the course of our expiration date research we came across some interesting facts about the shelf life of tortillas:

  • Although everyone associates tortillas with Mexico, it is the fastest growing sector of the U.S. baking industry.

 

 

 

 

How Long Does Cheesecake Last?

cheesecake
How long does cheesecake last? The shelf life of cheesecake is influenced by a variety of factors, such as the type of cake, the preservatives used, the packaging date and how it is stored. ALthough the main ingredient in cheesecake is cream cheese it’s the variations within the cake, along with the different toppings and crusts, that make for many different varieties. Yet the rich creamy texture sets it apart from any other cake. It is important to note that cheesecake should not sit on the counter like regular cake can, it must be refrigerated or frozen.

So how long is cheesecake good for?  When properly stored at or below 40° F, it is good for:

(Unopened) Refrigerator Freezer
Past Printed Date  Past Printed Date
Fresh Cheesecake lasts for 5-6 Days 6-8 Months
Frozen Cheesecake lasts for 5-6 Days 6-8 Months
Homemade Cheesecake lasts for 5-6 Days 6-8 Months
(Opened) Refrigerator Freezer
Cheesecake lasts for 5-7 Days 6-8 Months

Of course, all foods last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But remember, cheesecake, like a lot of otherdairy products, usually has a sell by date which is simply the last date that it should be sold, or a best by date which the manufacturer sets to guarantee product quality, not a date by which the product must be consumed. Because of this distinction, you may safely enjoy it even after its sell by date or best by date has lapsed. Make the cheesecake pictured, aptly labeled by Kraft as “our best cheesecake”.

How to tell if cheesecake is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety techniques will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your cheesecake has gone bad.  While fresh cheesecake has a creamy yellow color and a moist texture, it will begin to dry out and develop tan or brown edges. The crust will become overly moist and wet as it absorbs liquid leaking from the cake.
There are, of course, certain health risks associated with all spoiled foods, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your cheesecake prior to its expiration date (eat by date).

How to store cheesecake to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the shelf life of cheesecake. You can help cheesecake keep fresh longer by storing it in your refrigerator at 40°F or lower immediately after purchase and every use. Keep your cheesecake tightly covered to keep out moisture and other contaminants. Because bacteria grows more rapidly in moist environments, cheesecake does not keep as long as hard cheeses and can develop mold.
For a long-term option, you can freeze cheesecake without a change to its quality. Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

Interesting facts about the shelf life of cheesecake?

  • Most purchased cheesecakes contain natural or artificial preservatives to inhibit the growth of mold and other types of bacteria that cause spoilage.

 

 

 

 

How Long Does Cake Last?

How long does cake last?

Cake Shelf Life

Cake – How long does cake last? The shelf life of cake depends on a variety of factors, such as the sell by date, the preparation method and how the cake was stored. Because of its relatively low cost and high calorie density, cake is one of the most popular celebration desserts in the world. It is a traditional dessert in most cultures for birthdays, and it is so versatile that it can be prepared in many different ways. So, how long does cake last? When properly stored, the shelf life of cake past its sell by date is approximately …

 

Pantry Fridge Freezer
Past Date  Past Date  Past Date
Bakery Cake lasts for 1-2 Days 2-4 Days 2-4 Months
Cake with fresh fruit lasts for 1-2 Days 2-4 Months
Cake with whipped cream lasts for 1-2 Days
Fruit Cake lasts for 3-25 Years*

*The shelf life of real fruitcake (dense with dried fruits, nuts and alcohol and stored in a tightly sealed tin) is a debated topic. It seems no one actually knows how long a fruitcake lasts because people tend to re-gift them and never actually eat them! [1]
Of course, all foods last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But remember, cake, like a lot of other baked goods, usually has a sell-by date and not a use by date. Because of this distinction, you may safely “have your cake and eat it too” even after the sell-by date or best-by date has lapsed.

How to tell if cake is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your cake has gone bad. Some common traits are a hard and dry texture as the moisture evaporates. Sometimes mold can appear, so always be on the lookout for that. Fruit fillings may also become moldy or slimy which indicate that the cake has gone bad.
There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled cake, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy it prior to the eat by date.

How to store cake to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of cake. You can help it stay fresh longer by keeping it in the refrigerator as much as possible. Once prepared, cake should be stored in a tightly closed container or wrapped with plastic wrap to keep out air and other contaminants.
For a long-term option, you can freeze your cake while preserving its taste if you use an air-tight freezer safe container. It is best to freeze the cake before frosting it, especially if the frosting includes any cream. Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

 

 

 

 

How Long Do Cupcakes Last?

Shelf life of cupcakesHow long do cupcakes last? The shelf life of cupcakes depends on a variety of factors, such as the best before date, the preparation method and how the cupcakes were stored. Cupcakes are enjoying a popularity surge lately due to TV shows like Cupcake Wars and multiple new stores specializing in just cupcakes. Cupcakes, like most baked goods, are truly best the day they are baked but can last longer. So, how long do cupcakes last? When properly stored, the shelf life of cupcakes past their best by date is approximately …

Pantry Fridge Freezer
Past Date  Past Date  Past Date
Bakery Cupcakes last for 1-2 Days 2-4 Days 2-4 Months
Cupcakes with fresh fruit last for 1 Day 1-2 Days 2-4 Months
Cupcakes with whipped cream last for 1-2 Days
Cupcakes with cream cheese last for 1-2 Days 2-3 Days 2-4 Months
Hostess Cupcakes last for 1-2 Weeks 1-2 Months
Homemade Cupcakes last for 1-2 Days 2-4 Days 2-4 Months

But remember, cupcakes, like a lot of other baked goods, usually have a best by date and not a use by date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use them to satisfy your sweet tooth even after the best-by date or best before date has lapsed.

But some people ask the question do cupcakes go bad? Most of them are looking at a Hostess Cup-cake or Twinkie that looks perfectly fine and are wondering if they can eat it. Many packaged cupcakes use trans fats, multiple preservatives, skip the dairy products and add individual packaging that help extend their shelf life in order to appear fine for years. Check out this picture of a25 year old Hostess Cupcake, but please don’t ever eat anything that looks like that!

How to tell if cupcakes are bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your cupcakes have gone bad. Some common traits of bad cupcakes are a hard and dry texture or a wet texture sometimes accompanied by mold. Fruit fillings may also become moldy or slimy which indicate that the cake has gone bad.
There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled cupcakes, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your cupcakes prior to the eat by date.

How to store cupcakes to extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of foods. Once prepared, cupcakes should be stored in a tightly closed container or wrapped with plastic wrap to keep out air and other contaminants. Cake frostings that contain whipped cream must be refrigerated and frosting containing cream cheese should be refrigerated if keeping for more than a day or two. The problem with refrigerating cupcakes though is that the cake part dries out in the fridge.

For a long-term option, you can freeze your cupcakes while preserving their taste if you use an air-tight freezer safe container. It is best to freeze them before frosting them, especially if the frosting includes any cream.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

 

 

 

 

How Long Do Cookies Last?

How Long Do Cookies Last?

Cookie Storage & Expiration

How long do cookies last? Most cookies are made of sugarbutterflour and an unlimited number of other ingredients. The shelf life of cookies depends on a variety of factors, such as the sell by date, the preparation method and how the cookies were stored. Because of their relatively low cost and high calorie density, cookies are a popular and very portable dessert. So,how long do cookies last? When properly stored, the shelf life of most cookies past their best by date is approximately …

 

(Unopened) Pantry Freezer
Past Printed Date  Past Printed Date
Bakery Cookies last for 2-3 Days 4-5 Months
Packaged Cookies (Soft) last for 1-2 Months 4-5 Months
Packaged Cookies (Hard) last for 1-2 Months 4-5 Months
(Opened) Pantry Freezer
Packaged Cookies (Soft) last for 7-10 Days 4-5 Months
Packaged Cookies (Hard) last for 2-3 Weeks 4-5 Months
Homemade Cookies (Soft) last for 2-3 Days 4-5 Months
Homemade Cookies (Hard) last for 2-3 Weeks 4-5 Months

Of course, all foods last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But remember, cookies, like a lot of otherbaked goods, usually have a sell by date or a best before date and not a use by date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use them to satisfy your sweet tooth even after the best before date has lapsed.

How to tell if cookies are bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your cookies have gone bad. Some common traits of stale cookies are a hard and dry texture (if they started soft), or a soft texture (if they started hard). There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled cookies, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your cookies prior to the eat by date suggested above.

How to store cookies to extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. You can help keep cookie dough fresh by storing it in an air-tight container in the fridge. Once prepared, cookies should be stored in a tightly closed container or wrapped with plastic wrap to keep out air and other contaminants. For a long-term option, you can freeze your cookies while preserving their taste if you use an air-tight freezer safe container. Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

How to send cookies to someone you can’t bake for?

Here at Eat By Date we believe in using your own fresh ingredients to make homemade cookies whenever possible, because nothing beats warm from the oven. But sometimes, you’d like to cheer someone up who lives across the country. There are lots of options for sending gifts of food, but we like ones that offer a bit of customization so that your recipient knows you care.Cookies by Design is a place where you can create a special bouquet that will delight the eyes and sweet tooth of any recipient.

 

 

 

 

How Long Does Pie Last?

How Long Does Pie Last?

Shelf Life of Pie

How long does pie last? The shelf life of pie depends on a variety of factors, such as the sell by date, the preparation method and how it was stored. A traditional crust can be filled with just about anything and made into breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert. So, how long does pie last? When properly stored, the shelf life of pie past its best by date is approximately …

 

Fridge Freezer
Past Date  Past Date
Fruit Pie lasts for 2-3 Days 6-8 Months
Pie with fresh fruit lasts for 1-2 Days
Cream Pie lasts for 2-3 Days 6 Months
Custard Pie lasts for 2-3 Days
Pumpkin Pie lasts for 2-4 Days 6-8 Months
Quiche lasts for 2-4 Days 6-8 Months
Pot Pie lasts for 2-4 Days 6-8 Months

 

Of course, all foods last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But remember, like a lot of other sweets, they usually have a sell by date or a best by date and not a use by date or an expiration date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use foods even after the printed date has lapsed for varying times. Freezing is an indefinite storage spot, but foods don’t freeze forever and should not be re-frozen once thawed.

How to tell if pie is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your Pie has gone bad. The first thing to go bad with the pie is usually the crust because the filling will begin to loose water and the crust will absorb that water and become soggy. There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled pie so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your pie prior to the eat by date.

How to store pie to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. You can help keep pie fresh by keeping it in the refrigerator as much as possible. Once prepared, pie should be stored in a tightly closed container or wrapped with plastic wrap to keep out air and other contaminants. For a long-term option, you can freeze your pie while preserving its taste if you use an air-tight freezer safe container. Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

 

 

 

 

SHELF LIFE OF
OREO

How Long Do Oreo Cookies Last?

Shelf Life of Oreos

How Long Do Oreos Last? The shelf life of Oreos depends on a variety of factors, such as thebest before date and how they are stored. Oreos are the best selling cookie in the United States. Eaten alone or mixed in another dessert, Oreos are their own distinct cookie and they now come in many different variations and a re-sealable package.

So, how long do Oreos last? When properly stored, the shelf life of Oreos past their sell by date is approximately …

(Unopened) Pantry
Past Printed Date
Oreos 2-3 Weeks

Once the package of oreos have been opened, they will last for at least 3-4 days on the counter. And the new re-sealable packaging used by Nabisco for their Oreos actually keeps the cookies fresh for at least a week.
Of course, all foods last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But remember, oreos, like a lot of other snacks, usually have a “sell by date” and not a “use by date“. Because of this distinction, you may safely use them even after the “best before” date has lapsed.

How to tell if oreos are bad, rotten or spoiled?

About three weeks after the sell-by or best-by date has passed, an unopened bag of oreos will begin to soften. When Oreos have gone bad, they loose their crisp crunch. So, taste is the best way to tell if your Oreos have gone bad. Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled food, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your foods prior to their eat by date.

How to store Oreos to extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food.
To extend the shelf life of Oreos store them in a cool, dry and dark place. Humid environments will make Oreos go bad and become stale quicker.
The original package works great as long you tightly re-seal the opening.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste

 

 

 

 

How Long Do Pop Tarts Last?

Shelf life of Pop TartsHow Long Do Pop Tarts Last? The shelf life of Pop Tarts depends on the best before date and how the pop tarts are stored. Pop Tarts are commonly known as “breakfast on the run” and most popular with kids. Pop tarts now come in many flavors, with the original frosted strawberry still being the top seller. So, how long do pop tarts last? When properly stored, the shelf life of pop tarts past their best by date is approximately …

(Unopened) Pantry
Past Printed Date
Pop Tarts last for 6-12 Months
(Opened) Pantry
Pop Tarts last for 1-2 Weeks

A nice thing about pop tarts is the individual packaging within the box, keeping the remaining pairs of pop tarts in the box from spoiling. Opened (in the above table) refers to an individual pop tart.
Of course, pop tarts last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But remember, pop tarts, like a lot of otherbaked goods, usually have a best before date which is the date before which the manufacturer guarantees the quality of the pop tarts. According to Kellogg’s, the best before date (they actually call it “better if used before” date) is a full 12 months after the production date! This is already a longer shelf life than most baked goods.

How to tell if pop tarts are bad, rotten or spoiled?

When pop tarts have gone bad they may be darker in color, especially the jam inside, and develop a rancid smell from the expiring fats. So, taste is the best way to tell if your pop tarts have gone bad. If they are too far past the best before date, make sure to toast them instead of eating right from the package. Do not eat them if you see any mold or smell anything rancid. Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled pop tarts, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your pop tarts prior to the eat by date.

How to store Pop Tarts to extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. To extend the shelf life of Pop Tarts store them in a cool, dry and dark place. The original package works fine as long you tightly re-seal the opening. Pop tarts should be toasted if they are beyond their best-by date or open for more than a few days. Pop Tarts will have a shorter shelf life in a humid environment. Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste

 

                                   PROTEINS

…………..How Long Do Proteins Last?………….

All foods made from meat, poultry, seafood, beans and peas, eggs, processed soy products, nuts, and seeds are considered part of the Protein Foods Group. Beans and peas are also part of the Vegetable Group.

Select a variety of protein foods to improve nutrient intake and health benefits, including at least 8 ounces of cooked seafood per week. Young children need less, depending on their age and calorie needs. The advice to consume seafood does not apply to vegetarians. Vegetarian options in the Protein Foods Group include beans and peas, processed soy products, and nuts and seeds. Meat and poultry choices should be lean or low-fat.

 

 

How Long Does Bacon Last?

Bacon

Shelf Life of Bacon

How long does bacon last? The shelf life of bacon depends on a variety of factors, such as thesell by date, the preparation method and how the meat was stored. Bacon is tasty for breakfast, lunch, dinner or as a condiment. Just like ham, it is a cured meat prepared from a pig. So, how long does bacon last? When properly stored, the shelf life of bacon past its sell by date is approximately …

(Unopened) Refrigerator Freezer
Past Printed Date Past Printed Date
Bacon lasts for 1-2 Weeks 6-8 Months
Bacon Bits lasts for 6 Months 6 Months
(Opened) Refrigerator Freezer
Fresh Bacon lasts for 1 Week 6 Months
Cooked Bacon lasts for 7-10 Days 6 Months
Bacon Bits lasts for 6 Weeks 6 Months

 

 

Of course, all foods last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But remember, bacon, like a lot of otherproteins, usually has a sell by date and not a use by date or expiration date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use bacon to compliment your favorite meals even after the sell by date has lapsed.

How to tell if bacon is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your bacon has gone bad. Some common traits of bad bacon are a dull, slimy flesh and a sour smell. The red meat color will begin changing to a grey brown color when it is spoiling. There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled bacon, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your meats prior to the eat by date.

How to store bacon to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. You can help bacon keep fresh longer by storing it in your refrigerator immediately after use. Once prepared, it should be stored in a tightly closed container to keep out moisture and other contaminants. For a long-term option, you can freeze your bacon while preserving its taste if you use a freezer safe container. Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Long Do Beans Last?

How Long Do Beans Last?

Shelf Life of Beans

How long do beans last? The shelf life of beans depends on a variety of factors, such as thesell by date the preparation method and how the beans are stored. Beans are classified as legumes – not technically a vegetable. They are technically seeds, although sometimes, as in green beans, the whole pod can be eaten. Because of their relatively low cost, low fat, low cholesterol and low maintenance – balanced with high protein, high fiber, high vitamins and high versatility – beans are a great addition to any meal. So, how long do beans last? When properly stored, the shelf life of beans past their best before date is approximately …

Unopened Pantry Fridge Freezer
Past Printed Date Past Printed Date Past Printed Date
Dried Beans last for Indefinite
Canned Beans last for 1 Year
Fresh Green Beans last 1-2 Days 7-10 Days Cook first
Lentils (Dried) last for Indefinite
Opened Pantry Fridge Freezer
Canned Beans last for 5 Days
Cooked Beans last for 5 Days 1 Year
Bean Sprouts last for 1 Day 3-4 Days
Hummus lasts for 4-5 Days

 

 

Of course, all foods last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly.
Dried beans are listed as indefinite, but they will begin to loose their moisture after 1-2 years in the pantry. They will need to be soaked and/or cooked for a longer amount of time than is on the directions if they are older than 2 years from the best by date. However, dried beans do not loose any of their nutritional value with age, so their shelf life is classified as indefinite. Because of this, they have always been a great survival choice.
But remember, beans, like a lot of other proteins, they usually have a sell by date and not a use by date or expiration date. If there is a date on your beans, it is the manufacturer’s recommendation for best quality – not safety. Because of this distinction, you may safely use them to compliment your favorite meals even after the sell by date has lapsed.

How to tell if beans are bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, your nose and eyes ares usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your beans have gone bad. Signs of bad cooked beans are a sour smell and a white colored liquid surrounding the beans. There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled beans, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your food prior to its eat by date.

How to store beans to extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. You can help dried and canned beans stay fresh longer by storing them in your pantry (a cool, dark place) at a temperature under 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Fresh beans are best kept in the refrigerator in an airtight container and frozen beans in the freezer.
Once cooked, beans should be stored in a tightly closed container to keep out moisture and other contaminants.
For a long-term option, you can freeze your beans while preserving their taste if you use a freezer safe container. Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

Any interesting facts?

  • “Green” beans are named so because they are “unripe”, not all of them are the color green.
  • Beans are one of the hardest foods for your intestines to digest, if your system has trouble with them try a Beano tablet before eating – it works.

 

 

 

 

 

How Long Does Beef Last?

How Long Does Beef Last?

Shelf Life of Beef

How long does beef last? Beef is the culinary name for meat from bovines, especially domestic cattle. Beef goes by many specific names derived from the cut, ranging from hamburg and other tough or chopped meats to tender juicy steaks like expensive filet mignon. All are rich in protein and iron but also fat and cholesterol. The shelf life of beef depends on a variety of factors, such as the sell by date, the preparation method and how the beef was stored. So, how long does beef last? When properly stored, the shelf life of beef past its sell by date is approximately …

 

(Uncooked) Refrigerator Freezer
Past Printed Date Past Printed Date
Fresh Beef lasts for 1-2 Days 6-8 Months
Ground Beef lasts for 1-2 Days 6-8 Months
Corned Beef lasts for 1-2 Weeks 6-8 Months
Steak lasts for 1-2 Days 6-8 Months
(Cooked) Refrigerator Freezer
Beef or Steak lasts for 7 Days 6-8 Months
Ground Beef lasts for 7 Days 6-8 Months
Canned Beef (Opened) lasts for 7-10 Days
Corned Beef lasts for 7-10 Days

Of course, all foods lasts for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But remember, beef, like a lot of otherproteins, usually has a sell by date and not an expiration date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use beef to compliment your favorite meals even after the sell by date has lapsed.

How to tell if beef is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your beef has gone bad. Some common traits of bad meat are a dull, slimy flesh and a sour smell. The meat will change from a reddish color to a brown or gray color. Only purchase beef that is red in color, once the brown color reaches the exterior of the meat you will taste a difference.
To tell if the meat in your freezer has been there too long, you will see freezer burn starting to appear. Freezer burn appears in dull white patches (slightly different looking than regular ice) which are in the actual meat. If you see a few of these spots, they can be cut off if you include about an inch of the surrounding area. But if you see more than a few spots, it is best to throw out the whole piece. Freezer spots usually happen if there was a cut in your plastic wrap, so always wrap securely and try to make your packaging as air tight as possible.
There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled beef, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your food prior to the eat by date.

How to store beef to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. You can help beef keep fresh longer by storing it in your refrigerator immediately after use. Once prepared, beef should be stored in a tightly closed container to keep out moisture and other contaminants.
For a long-term option, you can freeze your beef while preserving its taste if you use a freezer safe container.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

What if you have too much beef about to expire and go bad?

  • If you purchased too much beef, don’t let your steaks or roasts go bad. Simply cook it to extend it’s shelf life by a week or freeze it to extend the shelf life for several months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Long Does Deli Meat Last?

Deli MeatDeli Meat Shelf Life

How long does deli meat last? Deli meat, or lunch meat, is a term used for a meat that has been cooked, cured, or smoked and then packaged. The meat from the deli section of the grocery comes in aseptic packaging which further preserves the shelf life of the meat, but once it is sliced the shelf life shrinks. The shelf life of deli meat depends on a variety of factors, such as the sell by date, the type of meat, the preparation method and how the deli meat was stored. Deli meats are also known as cold cuts, lunch meat, luncheon meats, sandwich meats, cooked meats, sliced meats and cold meats.

 

So, how long does deli meat last? When properly stored, the shelf life of lunch meat past its sell by date is approximately …

(Unopened) Refrigerator Freezer
Past Printed Date Past Printed Date
Fresh Deli Meats last for 5-6 Days
Pre-packaged Deli Meats last for 7-10 Days 6-8 Months
Bologna lasts for 1-2 Weeks 2-3 Months
Salami (hard)* lasts for 3-4 Weeks 2-3 Months
(Opened) Refrigerator Freezer
Fresh Deli Meats last for 5-6 Days
Packaged Lunch Meat lasts for 7-10 Days
Bologna lasts for 1-2 Weeks 1-2 Months
Salami (hard)* lasts for 2-3 Weeks 2-3 Months
Pepperoni lasts for 2-3 Weeks 6-8 Months

 

*Hard salami refers to Genoa or dry salami that has been cured and lasts longer than other salami that would be classified with regular packaged lunch meat.
All deli meat lasts for a shorter period of time if it is not stored properly. But remember, deli meat or lunch meat, like a lot of otherproteins, usually have a sell by date and not an expiration date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use them to compliment your favorite meals even after the date has lapsed, but because conditions can vary always beware of how to tell if your food has gone bad.

How to tell if deli meat is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness.
Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your deli meat has gone bad.

Some common traits of bad deli meat begin with a moist surface and then quickly develop into a very wet, slimy exterior. There is also a very sour smell when your lunch meat has gone bad and sour smell means sour lunch meat so it should not be eaten.

Bologna and hard salami, because of their higher concentration of fat, will last a little longer than most other meats. When these types of deli meats have gone bad you will notice a change of color, usually around the entire edge, to a grayish or brownish color and they should not be eaten.

And, as always, do not consume if you see any mold (mould) on the meat – throw it out!

There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled deli meat, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your lunch meats prior to the eat by dates suggested above.

How to store deli meat to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. You can help deli meat keep fresh longer by storing it in your refrigerator immediately after use. Once opened, deli meat should be stored in a tightly closed container to keep out moisture and other contaminants.

For a long-term option, you can freeze your deli meat while preserving its taste if you use a freezer safe container.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

What to do with too much deli meat about to go bad?

Don’t just think lunch for luncheon meat, fry it up (just in case it was starting to go bad) and add it to your egg sandwich. Remember, this is only if your lunch meat is about to go bad, if your deli meat has gone bad (above section) or if you see any mold- throw it out!

Interesting Facts about Deli Meat?

Deli meat refers to a broad range of product than was processed using a broad range of techniques. Curing refers to the process of preserving the meat. The most common ingredient used to cure meat is salt. There is a “wet cure” where the meat is soaked in a salt mixture and a “dry cure” where the meat is coated in a salt mixture.
The oldest, yet possibly still the tastiest, method of preserving meats is to smoke them using a slow dry heat.

 

 

 

 

 

SHELF LIFE OF 

FISH

Shelf Life of Fish

Fish – how long does fish last? The shelf life of fish depends on a variety of factors, such as the sell by date the preparation method and how the fish was stored. Because of its abundance, proven health benefits and concentration of protein, fish is a great main dish choice. Fish contains omega-3 fatty acids (also known as the good cholesterol) which are proven to lower the risk of heart disease and help with numerous other health problems. So,how long does fish last? When properly stored, the shelf life of fish past its sell by date is approximately …

Pantry Fridge Freezer
Past Printed Date Past Printed Date Past Printed Date
Salmon lasts for 1-2 Days 6-9 Months
Cod lasts for 1-2 Days 6-9 Months
Halibut lasts for 1-2 Days 6-9 Months
Ono lasts for 1-2 Days 6-9 Months
Tilapia lasts for 1-2 Days 6-9 Months
Catfish lasts for 1-2 Days 6-9 Months
Cooked Fish lasts for 5-6 Days 6-9 Months
Smoked Salmon lasts for 5-7 Days 3-6 Months
Canned Tuna lasts for 9-12 Months 5-7 Days
Sardines last for 9-12 Months 5-7 Days

 

Of course, fish lasts for a shorter period of time if it is not stored properly. But remember, fish, like a lot of other proteins, usually has a sell by date and not a use by date or expiration date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use fish even after the sell by date has lapsed.

How to tell if fish is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your fish has gone bad. Some common traits of bad fish are a slimy, milky flesh (a thick, slippery coating) and a fishy smell. This is hard because fish is smelly and slimy by nature, but these traits become much more pronounced when fish has gone bad.
There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled food, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your food prior to the eat by date.

How to store fish to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of fish. You can help keep it fresh longer by storing it in your refrigerator immediately after use. Once prepared, fish should be stored in a tightly closed container to keep out moisture and other contaminants.
For a long-term option, you can freeze your fish while preserving its taste if you use a freezer safe container. Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Long Does Ham Last?

Shelf Life of Ham

How long does ham last? The shelf life of ham depends on a variety of factors, such as thesell by date, the preparation method and how it was stored. Ham, just like bacon, is a cured meat prepared from the hind thighs of a hog. The rear of the pig is thick and flavorful. It is the curing process that makes a ham, it is fully cooked. A popular sandwich meat year around, a whole or half ham becomes a centerpiece on special occasions like Easter or Christmas. So,how long does ham last? When properly stored, the shelf life of ham past its sell by date is approximately …

(Unopened) Refrigerator Freezer
Past Printed Date Past Printed Date
Ham lasts for 1-2 Weeks 6-8 Months
(Opened/Cooked) Refrigerator Freezer
Ham lasts for 7-10 Days 6-8 Months

 

Of course, ham lasts for a shorter period of time if it is not stored properly. But like a lot of other proteins, it usually has a sell by date which is simply the last date the store should sell the product, and not an expiration date for the product.

How to tell if ham is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your ham has gone bad. Some common traits of bad ham are a dull, slimy flesh and a sour smell. The pink meat color will begin changing to a grey color when ham has spoiled. There are, of course, certain health risks associated with any spoiled food or drink, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your foods prior to their eat by dates.

How to store ham to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of ham. You can help keep it fresh longer by storing it in your refrigerator immediately after use. Once prepared, it should be stored in a tightly closed container to keep out moisture and other contaminants.
For a long-term option, you can freeze your ham while preserving its taste if you use a freezer safe container.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier eating, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

How to use extra ham before the ham goes bad?

  • Fry some with your eggs for breakfast.

Interesting Facts about Ham?

  • Hams are either wet cured, dry cured, smoked, or aged. Thus they have a longer shelf life than fresh meats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Long Do Hamburgers Last?

How Long Does Hamburger Last?

Shelf Life of Beef

How long do hamburgers last? The shelf life of hamburgers (hamburg) depends on a variety of factors, such as the sell by date, the preparation method and how the hamburger was stored. Hamburger is the culinary name for meat from domestic cattle where the scrap meat is ground and then packaged as ground beef. When the ground beef is formed into round (or square) patties, they become hamburgers. So, how long does hamburger last? When properly stored,the shelf life of hamburger past its sell by date is approximately …

(Unopened/Uncooked) Refrigerator Freezer
Past Printed Date Past Printed Date
Fresh Hamburgers last for 1-2 Days 6-8 Months
Fresh Ground Turkey lasts for 1 Day 6-8 Months
(Opened/Cooked) Refrigerator Freezer
Hamburgers last for 5-6 Days 4-6 Months

Of course, all foods last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But remember, hamburger, like a lot of otherproteins, usually have a sell by date and not an expiration date. So, you may safely use ground meats to compliment your favorite meals even after the sell by date has lapsed but please enjoy before the eat by date.

How to tell if hamburger is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your hamburger has gone bad. Some common traits of bad hamburger is a change in color from a bright red to a dull brown (or grey) color. The hamburger will change color from the inside out, so if it is brown inside it is still safe to cook – but should be cooked thoroughly. If it is brown everywhere, it will soon be nasty and begin to also smell sour and be unhealthy to consume.
To tell if hamburger in your freezer has been there too long, you will see freezer burn starting to appear on the hamburger. Freezer burn appears in dull white patches (slightly different looking than regular ice) which are in the actual hamburger. If you see a few of these spots, they can be cut off the hamburger plus about an inch of the surrounding area. These usually happen if there was a cut in your plastic wrap. But if you see more than a few spots, it is best to throw out the hamburger. There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled hamburger, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy prior to the eat by date.

How to store hamburger to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. You can help hamburger keep fresh longer by storing it in your refrigerator immediately after use. Once prepared, hamburger should be stored in a tightly closed container to keep out moisture and other contaminants. For a long-term option, you can freeze your hamburger while preserving its taste if you use a freezer safe container. Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

Interesting Facts about Hamburger:

  • According to U.S. regulations:
    Ground Beef is composed of 30% fat,
    Ground Chuck is composed of 15-20% fat,
    Ground Round is composed of 10-15% fat, and
    Ground Sirloin is composed of 8-10% fat.

 

 

 

 

 

  • How Long Do Hot Dogs Last?

    How Long Do Hot Dogs Last?

    How long do hot dogs last? The shelf life of hot dogs depends on a variety of factors, such as the sell by date, the preparation method and how the hot dogs are stored. Hot dogs (Weiners), because of their relatively low cost and ease of use are one of the foods most often invited to a picnic.
    So, how long do hot dogs last? When properly stored, the shelf life of fresh hot dogs past their sell by date is approximately …

    (Unopened) Refrigerator Freezer
    Past Printed Date Past Printed Date
    Fresh Hot Dogs last for 1-2 Weeks 4-6 Months
    (Opened) Refrigerator Freezer
    Fresh Hot Dogs last for 7 Days 4-6 Months
    Cooked Hot Dogs last for 7 Days 4-6 Months

Of course, hot dogs last for a shorter period of time if not stored properly. But remember, hot dogs, like a lot of other proteins, usually have a sell by date and not an expiration date. Because of this distinction, you may safely eat them for a short time even after the sell by date has lapsed if they were stored properly.

How to tell if hot dogs are bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your hot dogs have gone bad. Some common traits of bad hot dogs are dull, slimy flesh and a sour smell. They will change from a reddish color to a brown or gray color.

To tell if hot dogs in your freezer have been there too long, you will see freezer burn starting to appear on the hot dogs. Freezer burn appears in dull white patches (slightly different looking than regular ice) which are in the hot dogs. Since hot dogs are so moist, their freezer life is shorter due to ice build-up. Freezer burned items should be thrown away.

There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled hot dogs, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your hot dogs prior to the eat by date.

How to store hot dogs to extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. You can help hot dogs keep fresh longer by storing them in your refrigerator immediately after use. Once prepared, hot dogs should be stored in a tightly closed container to keep out moisture and other contaminants. For a long-term option, you can freeze your hot dogs while preserving their taste if you use a freezer safe container. Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

How to use hot dogs before they go bad?

  • Fry them up (this will extend the shelf life for another week) and then use them later to add to cream of broccoli soup or mashed potatoes.

 

 

 

 

 

How Long Do Nuts Last?


How long do nuts last? Nuts are a healthy protein snack choice because they are high in unsaturated fats that help lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and raise the good cholesterol (HDL). Theshelf life of nuts depends on a variety of factors, such as the best by date, the type of nut and how they are stored. Each variety of bears its own distinctive flavor and qualities.

So, how long do nuts last? When properly stored, the shelf life of nuts past their sell by date is approximately …

Pantry Fridge Freezer
Past Printed Date  Past Printed Date  Past Printed Date
Almonds last 9-12 Months 1 Year 2 Years
Brazil Nuts last 9 Months 1 Year 1 Year
Cashews last for 6-9 Months 1 Year 2 Years
Diamond Nuts last for 2 Years 3 Years 4 Years
Hazelnuts last for 4-6 Months 1 Year 1 Year
Macadamias last for 6-9 Months 1 Year 2 Years
Peanuts last 6-9 Months 1 Year 2 Years
Pecans last 6 Months 1 Year 2 Years
Pine Nuts last 1-2 Months 3-4 Months 5-6 Months
Pistachios last for 3 Months
Walnuts last for 6 Months 1 Year 1-2 Years

Of course, nuts lasts for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly.
Opened packages will last for a shorter time, again depending on the variety.
But remember, nuts, unlike a lot of other proteins, usually have a best by date and not an expiration date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use nuts to compliment your favorite meals even after the best by date has lapsed.
As a rule, nuts that are purchased in their shell will last for a shorter period of time than those which have been shelled. This has a lot to do with the packaging. According to Diamond Nuts, theirs stay fresh longer than most other brands due to state of the art technology and refrigerated storage.[1]

How to tell if nuts are bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, your nose is usually the most reliable instrument to tell if your nuts have gone bad.
Rancid nuts smell like paint.
There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled food, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your food prior to its eat by date.

How to store nuts to extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food.

Nuts are usually best kept in the refrigerator, this is especially true of walnuts, pecans and cashews that become rancid quickly in warm environments. They should be stored in a tightly closed containers to keep out moisture and other contaminants. A canning jar with a tight seal lid works great for pecans and walnuts as it provides extra protection from odors leaking into the nuts.
Since opened packages of nuts last for a shorter period of time, if you buy a large bag re-seal them into smaller bags and keep them in the fridge. The most delicate and quickest expiring nuts are pine and pistachio.

For a long-term option, you can freeze your nuts (except shelled pistachios) while preserving their taste if you use a freezer safe container.

Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

Any interesting facts about nuts?

  • Of all the varieties, only peanuts are actually legumes and grow below the ground.
  • BEWARE – Macadamias should never be fed to dogs, read our post on what dogs eat to find out more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Long Does Peanut Butter Last?

How Long Does Peanut Butter Last?

Shelf Life of Peanut Butter

How long does peanut butter last? The shelf life of peanut butter depends on a variety of factors, such as the product  best before date, the preparation method and how it was stored. Fresh peanut butter is made of peanuts, that’s it! But manufacturers will add oil, salt, sugar and/or other preservatives to their jars. Peanut butter is naturally high in fat which raises the “good” cholesterol levels, just beware of any added trans fats on the nutrition label of your specific brand. Because it has a creamy texture, high protein value and relatively low cost, it is no wonder why it’s popular with kids and adults alike.

 

So, how long does peanut butter last? When properly stored, the shelf life of peanut butterbeyond its best before date is approximately …

(Unopened) Pantry Refrigerator
Past Printed Date Past Printed Date
Smooth Peanut Butter lasts for 1 Year 1 Year
Crunchy Peanut Butter lasts for 1 Year 1 Year
Natural Peanut Butter lasts for 2-3 Months 3-6 Months
(Opened) Pantry Refrigerator
Homemade Peanut Butter lasts for 3-6 Months
Natural Peanut Butter lasts for 5-6 Months
Smooth Peanut Butter lasts for 3-4 Months 6-8 Months
Crunchy Peanut Butter lasts for 3-4 Months 6-8 Months

Of course, all foods last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. While most Proteins usually have a sell by date, peanut butter usually has a best by date, which is simply the last date a manufacturer will guarantee their product quality – not its safety. Because of this distinction, you may safely use it to satisfy your hunger even after the best before date has lapsed if it was stored properly.

How to tell if peanut butter is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness.
Sight is usually the most reliable way to tell if your peanut butter has gone bad. A common trait of bad peanut butter is a change in texture from soft and creamy to hard and dry. The color of the spread may also become darker and the pleasant aroma disappears. If the peanut butter begins to smell rancid, toss it.

A natural separation of oil is natural, especially in the natural peanut butters that do not contain additional fats as stabilizers. You can tell how long the jar of peanut butter has been sitting on the shelf by the amount of oil on top. This oil can be stirred back into the peanut butter if desired, but we prefer to pour most of it into a frying pan and use it for pan frying something for dinner. The resulting peanut butter is thicker and doesn’t gush right out of your sandwich. On the other hand, if oil begins to separate from processed peanut butter (Peter Pan, Jiffy, etc.) that is an indication that the peanut butter will soon be going bad.

There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled food and drink, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your food and drink prior to their eat by date.

How to store peanut butter to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the shelf life of any food.
You can help peanut butter keep fresh longer by storing it in your fridge immediately after use, although processed peanut butter will be fine on the shelf as well. Once prepared (if homemade) or opened from the jar, it should be stored in a tightly closed container, the original container is great, to keep moisture and other contaminants from touching the peanut butter.
Homemade and natural peanut butter should be kept in the refrigerator to last longer as they lack preservatives.
Always use a clean utensil to avoid cross contamination.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

Interesting Facts about Peanut Butter:

  • It’s a law in the United States that any product labeled “peanut butter” must contain at least 90% peanuts.
  • It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12 ounce jar.
  • There is a name for the fear of having peanut butter stick to the roof of your mouth – arachibutyrophobia!
  • If you remember Mr Ed the talking horse (from TV), they gave the horse peanut butter to make his mouth move as if he was talking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Long Does Pork Last?

How Long Does Pork Last?

Shelf Life of Pork

How long does pork last? The shelf life of pork depends on a variety of factors, such as thesell by date, the preparation method and how the pork was stored. Pork is often considered the other white meat, but it is really a pinkish color after being cut from the pig and packaged. So,how long does pork last? When properly stored, the shelf life of fresh pork past its sell by date is approximately …

 

(Uncooked) Refrigerator Freezer
Past Printed Date Past Printed Date
Fresh Pork Chops last for 1-2 Days 6-8 Months
Fresh Ground Pork lasts for 1-2 Days 6-8 Months
Fresh Pork Shoulder lasts for 1-2 Days 6-8 Months
Fresh Pork Loin lasts for 1-2 Days 6-8 Months
Pork Sausage lasts for 3-4 Days 6-8 Months
(Cooked) Refrigerator Freezer
Cooked Pork Shoulder/Loin/Chops/Sausage last for 7 Days 6-8 Months

 

Of course, pork lasts for a shorter period of time if it is not stored properly. But remember, pork, like a lot of other proteins, usually has a sell by date and not a use by date or expiration date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use pork even after the sell by date has lapsed, but please enjoy your by the eat by dates suggested above.

How to tell if pork is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your pork has gone bad. Some common traits of bad pork is a change in color from pink to brown (or grey). After it changes color completely it will begin to have a sour smell.
To tell if pork in the freezer has been there too long, you will see freezer burn starting to appear on the pork. Freezer burn appears in dull white patches (slightly different looking than regular ice) which are in the actual pork and not just attached to the outside. If you see a few of these spots, they can be cut off the pork plus about an inch of the surrounding area. These usually happen if there was a cut in your plastic wrap. But if you see more than a few spots, it is best to throw out the pork.
There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled food, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your food prior to its eat by date.

How to store pork to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. You can help pork keep fresh longer by storing it in your refrigerator immediately after use. Once prepared, pork should be stored in a tightly closed container to keep out moisture and other contaminants.
For a long-term option, you can freeze your pork while preserving its taste if you use a freezer safe container. Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

 

 

 

 

 

How Long Does Shrimp Last?

How Long Does Shrimp Last?

Shelf Life of Shrimp

How long does shrimp last? The shelf life of shrimp depends on a variety of factors, such as the sell by date, the preparation method and how they were stored. Shrimp are full of protein, low in calories, easy to cook and so versatile in recipes that they are even delicious all by themselves served hot or cold. So, how long do shrimp last? When properly stored, the shelf life of fresh shrimp past its sell by date is approximately …

 

(Unopened/Raw) Refrigerator Freezer
Past Printed Date Past Printed Date
Fresh Shrimp lasts for 1-2 Days 6-8 Months
(Opened/Cooked) Refrigerator Freezer
Shrimp lasts for 5-7 Days 6-8 Months
Canned Shrimp lasts for 5-7 Days

 

 

Of course, shrimp lasts for a shorter period of time if it is not stored properly. But remember, shrimp, like a lot of other proteins, usually has a sell by date and not a use by date or expiration date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use it to compliment your favorite meals even after the sell by date has lapsed.

How to tell if shrimp is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if it has gone bad. Some common traits of bad shrimp are a slimy flesh and a fishy smell. There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled shrimp, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your shrimp prior to the eat by date.

How to store shrimp to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. You can help shrimp keep fresh longer by storing it in your refrigerator immediately after purchase. Once prepared, shrimp should be stored in a tightly closed container to keep out moisture and other contaminants. For a long-term option, you can freeze your shrimp while preserving its taste if you use a freezer safe container. Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

 

 

 

 

 

How Long Do Canned Meats Last?

How Long Does Spam Last?

Canned Meat Shelf Life

How long do canned meats last? How long does spam last? The shelf life of canned meat depends on a variety of factors, such as the best before date, the preparation method and how the canned meats are stored. Since fresh meats have rather short shelf lives, canned meats like spam and chicken prove practical to have on hand and available at any times. Canned meats can include canned chicken, canned tuna, deviled ham, corned beef and spam. Exactly what is spam? Spam is made of pork, ham, salt, water, potato starch, sugar and sodium nitrate to preserve the nice pink color. Because of the high heat process used to can meats and the added salt, canned meats are pretty well preserved. So, how long does spam last last? When properly stored, the shelf life of spam past its best before date is approximately …

 

(Unopened) Pantry
Past Printed Date
Spam lasts for 2-5 Years
Canned Chicken lasts for 2-5 Years
Canned Tuna lasts for 2-5 Years
Canned Corn Beef lasts for 2-5 Years
Deviled Ham lasts for 2-5 Years
Canned Clams last for 2-5 Years
(After Opening) Refrigerator
Spam lasts for 7-10 Days
Canned Chicken lasts for 7 Days
Canned Tuna lasts for 7 Days
Canned Corn Beef lasts for 7-10 Days
Deviled Ham lasts for 7-10 Days
Canned Clams last for 5-7 Days

 

But remember, spam, and other meats, usually have a best before date and not an expiration date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use spam and other canned meats to compliment your favorite meals even after the best before date has lapsed.

How to tell if canned meats like spam are bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Sight is usually the best way to tell if your spam and other canned meats have gone bad. If the top of the can is rounded and dome shaped instead of flat across, the meat has most likely gone bad. Also be cautious with dented cans. If you open the can and anything is brown or black, then do not eat the spam, tuna, canned chicken, or corned beef.
There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled canned meats, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your spam and other canned meats prior to the eat by date.

How to store spam and other canned meats to extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of spam. You can help spam and other canned meats stay fresh longer by storing them in the pantry where the temperature is always less than 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

Any Interesting Facts about Spam and other Canned Meats?

  • Because of the long cooking at high temperatures that are needed to can meats, the meats may contain less nutritional value than they had before canning.

 

 

 

 

How Long Does Sushi Last? How Long Does Sashimi Last?

Fresh Sushi

History of Sushi – Before we get to the question of how long does Sushi last, it has a rich history worth exploring.  Sushi, a favorite Japanese cuisine, has become extremely popular in the U.S. in recent years and consists of raw fish and cooked vinegared rice. The origin of sushi began in Southeast Asia, but todays version was created by Hanaya Yohei (1799-1858) as a form of fast food to be eaten soon after purchase with ones hands.  The first appearance of Sushi in America was in 1953, served at the Japanese Embassy in Washington. Sashimi, a Japanese delicacy, is fresh fish served sliced very thin without the vinegar rice that defines sushi. So now you know the history, How long does Sushi Last? Sushi, as it is prepared with fresh fish, is intended to be eaten within 24 hours of preparation.

When properly stored in the refrigerator, fresh Sushi and Sashimi last for the time periods indicated in the table below:

Refrigerator
After Preparation
Sushi lasts for 24 Hours
Sashimi lasts for 24 Hours
Poke lasts for 24 Hours

 

 

Because sushi and sashimi are consumed raw, the bacteria may grow and become dangerous if left out. Thus, regardless of any dates, you should NOT eat sushi or sashimi beyond their 24 hour expiration.
Some sushi is prepared with cooked fish, such as the California roll which uses cooked crab meat, the Philadelphia roll which uses smoked salmon and the tempura shrimp roll which uses deep fried shrimp. If the seafood is cooked, it can be eaten for a day or two beyond the 24 hours, but the quality decreases quickly with each day mostly due to the rice losing moisture and becoming hard.

Sushi Safety Information

Proper storage for sushi and sashimi extremely important. If making sushi at home, you need to begin with the freshest sushi grade fish – nothing found in a normal grocery store. The fish must be frozen for at least 24 hours to kill parasites that might still be on the fish. Once the fish is properly thawed you want to eat it raw within 24 hours or the risk of bacteria will become great. Also, be sure to enforce a very strict 4 hour rule once the fish is at room temperature (if it sits out for 4 hours, you must then cook the fish or toss it out).

How to tell if Sushi is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Beyond saving money, practicing proper hygiene and food safety techniques will help prevent food borne illness.  Basically if it smells at all like fish, it is too old to consume raw… remember, 24 hours. There are, of course, dangerous health risks associated with spoiled sushi and spoiled sashimi, so always remember to practice food safety and eat your sushi and sashimi prior to its expiration.

How to store Sushi and sashimi to maximize its shelf life?

Food storage is the key to extending the shelf life of food. Pack the sushi tightly together and wrap in plastic wrap before placing into an airtight container in the refrigerator. Same thing for sashimi, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and then in an airtight container in the fridge.

Interesting facts about the shelf life of Sushi:

  • Since it is meant to be consumed fresh, it’s difficult if you don’t live on an island so a visit to a reputable sushi bar where you can watch them make it is a great place to get it fresh. Yet sushi rolls with cooked fish can be amazing homemade, check our blog post on how to make sushi for instructions on making rolls.

 

 

 

How Long Does Tofu Last?

How Long Does Tofu Last?

Tofu Shelf Life

How long does tofu last? Tofu is made from soybeans, which are soaked, ground, boiled and strained into soy milk, which is then curdled and pressed into blocks. Since tofu is plant based yet rich in protein and calcium it is a popular alternative to meat. It’s an especially good substitution for chicken because of it’s ability to soak in other flavors, therefore popular in many vegetarian dishes. The shelf life of tofu depends on a variety of factors, such as the sell by date, the preparation method and how the tofu was stored.

 

So, how long does tofu last? When properly stored, the shelf life of tofu past its sell by date is approximately …

(Unopened) Refrigerator Freezer
Past Printed Date Past Printed Date
Tofu lasts for 3-5 Days 3-5 Months
(Opened) Refrigerator Freezer
Tofu lasts for 3-5 Days after opening, regardless of date 3-5 Months

Of course, tall foods last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But remember proteins, usually has a sell by date and not an expiration date. That’s why you can safely use tofu to compliment your favorite meals even after the sell by date has lapsed if it was stored properly.

How to tell if tofu is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your tofu has gone bad.
Some common traits of bad tofu are a change in color away from white toward a deeper tan and a sour smell. Fresh tofu does not really smell, so when you get the sour smell the taste will also be sour.
There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled tofu, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your food prior its eat by date.

How to store tofu to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. You can help keep tofu fresh longer by storing it in your refrigerator immediately after use. Once opened, tofu must remain covered in water that should be changed at least daily – preferably with filtered water.
Once prepared, tofu should be stored in a tightly closed container in the refrigerator to keep out moisture and other contaminants.

For a long-term option, you can freeze your tofu while preserving its taste if you use a freezer safe container, best is to drain the water and wrap tightly with plastic wrap before placing in the freezer container. Defrosted tofu will have an altered texture, varying with the firmness of the tofu, which some people actually prefer.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

What if you have too much tofu about to expire and go bad?

  • If you purchased too much, don’t let it go bad. Simply brown the tofu with high heat, stirring constantly and then drain it and store it tightly covered in the fridge. You just extended it’s shelf life by another 3-5 days and it’s ready for a quick stir fry dish at a moment’s notice!

 

Interesting Facts about Tofu:

  • If tofu is purchased in an aseptic container on the grocery shelf, it can remain in your pantry until opened. Once opened, it must be refrigerated and it’s shelf life remains at 3-5 days. If it was purchased in the refrigerator section, it should remain remain refrigerated.
  • Wondering which type to buy?
    Firm tofu is needed to hold it’s shape for stir-fry while silken tofu is soft and ideal for desserts.

 

 

 

 

How Long Does Turkey Last?

How Long Does Turkey Last?

Shelf Life of Turkey

How long does turkey last? The shelf life of turkey depends on a variety of factors, such as thesell by date, the preparation method and how it was stored.
Turkeys are by far the largest birds in the open forests in which they live. They are so spectacular that an entire day revolves around the cooked bird – Thanksgiving Day, the last Thursday in every November!

So, how long does turkey last? When properly stored, the shelf life of turkey  past its sell by date is approximately …

Unopened Refrigerator Freezer
Past Printed Date
(Raw) Fresh Turkey lasts for 1-2 Days 6-8 Months
(Raw) Ground Turkey lasts for 1-2 Days 6-8 Months
Opened Refrigerator Freezer
Homemade Turkey Soup lasts for 5-6 Days 6-8 Months
Cooked Turkey lasts for 7 Days 6-8 Months
Turkey Salad lasts for 5-6 Days
Thanksgiving Turkey lasts for 7 Days 6-8 Months
Deli Turkey lasts for 5-6 Days 1 Month

Of course, all foods last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But remember, turkey, like a lot of otherproteins, usually has a sell by date and not a use by date or expiration date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use it even after the sell by date has lapsed until it has gone bad.

How to tell if turkey is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if it has gone bad. There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled turkey, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your turkey prior to the eat by date.
Some common traits of bad turkey are dull, slimy flesh and a sour smell.

How to store turkey to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. You can help keep turkey fresh longer by storing it in your refrigerator immediately after use.
Once prepared, turkey should be stored in a tightly closed container to keep out moisture and other contaminants.
For a long-term option, you can freeze your turkey while preserving its taste if you use a freezer safe container or the original wrapping. Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

 

 

                                VEGETABLES

………….How Long Do Vegetables Last?…………..

All vegetables are good for you. Who hasn’t been told to “eat your vegetables”? Although fresh and frozen contain the greatest health value and vitamins, canned are a good long term option.

 

 

How Long Does Asparagus Last?

How Long Does Asparagus Last?

Asparagus Shelf Life

How long does asparagus last? The shelf life of asparagus, like most other fresh vegetables may not have a sell by dateuse by date, or best before date so you have to go with purchase date in most cases. Besides being full of fiber and many nutrients, it contains glutathione known to fight cancer cells and anti-oxidents shown to slow the aging process [1].

 

Because of their intense flavor, color, appearance and vitamin content asparagus is often the vegetable of choice to accompany more elegant main dish presentations.

So, how long does asparagus last? When properly stored, the shelf life is approximately…

Fridge
Fresh Asparagus  lasts for 5-7 Days
Cooked Asparagus lasts for 5-7 Days

 

Of course, asparagus lasts for a shorter period of time if it is not stored properly.

 

How to tell if asparagus is bad, rotten or spoiled?

It is the tips of asparagus they will begin to go bad first, which is also the most desirable part of the asparagus. The best way to tell if your asparagus is going bad is to look at the tips, they will begin to turn a very dark green (almost black) and when you touch them they will just mush between your fingers. You can cut off the tips right now and cook your asparagus, otherwise the stems too will soon be slimy and mushy and unusable as your asparagus has gone bad and may begin the formation of mold.
Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled asparagus, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your asparagus prior to the eat by date.

How to store asparagus to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the shelf life of asparagus. It is best to store them whole and unwashed in a sealed plastic bag in the fridge vegetable drawer.
For a longer term option, asparagus may be frozen for 6-8 months, but they should be cooked or blanched first and placed in freezer safe containers. Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

What to do if you have too much asparagus about to go bad?

  • Quickly cook or blanch the stalks and either refrigerate or freeze them in freezer safe containers.
  • If it’s your first time with this vegetable, don’t be alarmed when your pee has a unique distinct odor after consuming. It will disappear by the next day.

 

 

 

How Long Does Broccoli Last?

How Long Does Broccoli Last?

Shelf Life of Broccoli

How long does broccoli last? The shelf life of broccoli, like most other fresh vegetables may not have a sell by dateuse by date, or best before date so you have to go with purchase date in most cases. Because of their vitamin content and other health benefits including many studies naming it as a cancer fighter, broccoli is a popular vegetable.

So, how long does broccoli last? When properly stored, the shelf life of broccoli is approximately…

Fridge
Fresh Broccoli  lasts for 7-14 Days
Cooked Broccoli lasts for 7-9 Days

 

Of course, broccoli lasts for a shorter period of time if it is not stored properly.

How to tell if broccoli is bad, rotten or spoiled?

When broccoli is starting to go bad the smell will intensify, that’s usually the first sign. At about the same time you will notice a color change as the bright green color begins to turn yellow and it’s crisp texture will become limp.
Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled food, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your food prior to its eat by date.

How to store broccoli to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of broccoli. To extend the shelf life of broccoli, it is best to store whole bunches in a sealed plastic bag in the fridge vegetable drawer.
For a longer term option, broccoli may be frozen for 6-8 months, but they should be blanched first and placed in freezer safe containers.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

What to do if you have too much broccoli about to go bad?

  • Quickly cook or blanch the broccoli by boiling for one minute and then either refrigerate or freeze in freezer safe containers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Long Do Canned Vegetables Last?

How Long Do Canned Vegetables Last?

Shelf Life of Canned Vegetables

How long do canned vegetables last? The shelf life of canned vegetables depends on a variety of factors, such as the best before date, the preparation method and how the canned vegetables are stored. Vegetables straight from the garden are always tasty & fresh, but not always practical and available like canned vegetables. Because of the high heat process used to can vegetables and the added salt, canned vegetables have an extended shelf life.

 

So, how long do canned vegetables last? When properly stored, the shelf life of canned vegetables past their best before date is approximately …

 

(Unopened) Pantry
Past Printed Date
Canned Vegetables last for 1-2 Years
Can Corn lasts for 1-2 Years
Canned Soup lasts for 1-2 Years
(Opened) Refrigerator
Canned Vegetables last for 7-10 Days
Can Corn lasts for 7-10 Days
Canned Soup lasts for 7 Days

 

 

But remember, canned vegetables, like a lot of other vegetables, usually have a best before date and not an expiration date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use canned vegetables to compliment your favorite meals even after the best before date has lapsed.

How to tell if canned vegetables are bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Sight is usually the best way to tell if your canned vegetables have gone bad. If the top of the can is rounded and dome shaped instead of flat across, the vegetables have most likely gone bad. Also be cautious with dented cans. If you open the can and anything is brown or black, then do not eat the vegetables.
There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled canned vegetables, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your canned vegetables prior to the eat by date.

How to store canned vegetables to extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. You can help canned vegetables stay fresh longer by storing them in the pantry where the temperature is always less than 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

Any Interesting Facts about canned vegetables?

  • Because of the long cooking at high temperatures that are needed to can vegetables, the vegetables contain less nutritional value than they had before canning.
  • The exception to the above statement is beans. Dried beans must be cooked for a long time anyways, so prepared dried beans and canned beans have about the same nutritional value (although beans are not really vegetables, but most people think they are).
  • To find out how and how long to cook canned corn, see our page on how long to boil corn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Long Do Carrots Last?

Do carrots go bad?

Do Carrots Go Bad?

How long do carrots last? The shelf life of carrots, like most other fresh vegetables may not have a sell by date,use by date, or best before date so you have to go with purchase date. The exception is the tiny baby carrot packages that should have a best by date.

 

Because of their relatively low cost, long shelf life (many people even ask if carrots go bad?) and concentration of vitamins – they are a great snack and an easy addition to many foods.

So, how long do carrots last? When properly stored, the shelf life of carrots past their best before date is approximately…

Fridge
Past Printed Date
Fresh Carrots (Whole) last for 4-5 Weeks
Baby Carrots last for 3-4 Weeks
Cooked Carrots last for 1 Week

Of course, like any food, they last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly.

 

How to tell if carrots are bad, rotten or spoiled?

Large whole carrots generally last longer because they have their protective skin (which also holds most of the nutrients). Thus, the baby carrots with skins removed will spoil first, especially if there is moisture within the bag.

You can usually tell by looking and then by feeling if your carrots have gone bad. Some common traits of carrots going bad are tiny white dots (called “white blush”) on the surface, this is caused by dehydration on the cut surface of the carrots. White blush means that they are drying out, but are still OK to eat and should be eaten in the very near future.

When carrots have gone bad, they become mushy and slimy and should not be eaten.

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled food, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy all your foods prior to their eat by dates.

How to store carrots to extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of carrots. To extend the shelf life of carrots it is best to store them whole and un-peeled in a plastic bag in the fridge. Baby ones are also best in a plastic bag in a refrigerator drawer.

For a longer term option, carrots may be frozen for 6-8 months, but they should be blanched first and placed in a freezer safe container.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

What to do if you have too many carrots about to go bad?

  • Freeze them to extend their shelf life but they should be blanched first:
    Make a pot of boiling water and then submerge the rinsed carrots for 2-3 minutes. Place them in a strainer and rinse a minute with cold water then allow to dry a few minutes (or blot with towel) and then place them into a freezer safe container.
  • Make glazed carrots: Melt a tablespoon of butter over extremely low heat and then add the washed and cut carrots. Cover and leave for about 20 minutes, gently shaking the pan around every 5-10 minutes so as not to burn the bottom. You’ll never know they were about to go bad, as they taste like candy! (well… sort of).

 

 

 

 

 

 

How long does celery last?

How long does celery lastThe shelf life of celery, like most other fresh vegetables may not have a sell by dateuse by date, or best before date so you have to go with purchase date. The exception is the tiny packages that are pre-packaged for lunch boxes. Because of its relatively low cost, low calories and high concentration of vitamins – celery is a great snack and an easy addition to many foods. So, how long does celery last? When properly stored, the shelf life of celery past its puchase date is approximately…

Fridge
Past Printed Date
Fresh Celery (Whole) lasts for 3-4 Weeks
Celery Packages last for 2-3 Days
Cooked Celery lasts for 1 Week

 

Of course, celery lasts for a shorter period of time if it is not stored properly.

 

How to tell if celery is bad, rotten or spoiled?

You can usually tell by looking or feeling if it is going bad. Firm light green stalks are the best. Some common traits of celery going bad are when the stalks begin to spread out from the bunch as they become soft and bendable. Old celery is also more whitish in color and becomes hollow in the middle.
Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled foods, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your foods prior to their eat by dates.

How to store celery to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of celery. To extend the shelf life of celery it is best to store it whole wrapped in a damp paper towel and then aluminum foil and store in the vegetable bin of the refrigerator. Celery can also be stored in a sealed plastic bag in the vegetable drawer of the fridge or a plastic container made for celery.
To re-crisp limp celery, simply wash them, cut them into strips and then place them into a container of ice water. In a few hours, your limp stalks will absorb enough water to be transformed into crisp, crunchy celery. You can then put the container into the refrigerator to enjoy crisp celery for several more days.
For a longer term option, celery may be frozen for 6-8 months, but it should be blanched first (see below) and then placed in a freezer safe container. Defrosted celery will be soft and is best used for cooking. Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

What to do if you have too much celery about to go bad?

  • If you have limp celery that is otherwise fine, simply slice the stalks into sticks and place them in a glass of ice water. Place the glass in the fridge and in a few hours the sticks will be crisp and great for munching. They will last in the glass in the fridge for 2-3 days before getting water logged.
  • You can freeze celery to extend its shelf life but it should be blanched first:
    Make a pot of boiling water and then submerge the rinsed celery for 2-3 minutes. Place the celery in a strainer and rinse a minute with cold water then allow to dry a few minutes (or blot with towel) and then place it in a freezer safe container.
  • Make a vegetable broth. Boil celery and other washed vegetables that are reaching the end of their shelf life in some water for a nice vegetable broth that will keep another 5-7 days in the fridge for use as a soup base or stock for making rice or other recipes.

 

Any interesting facts about celery?

  • Because celery takes quite a bit of chewing yet is mainly comprised of water, you lose about the same number of calories eating a stalk of celery as you gain from the celery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Long Does Corn Last?

How Long Does Corn Last?

How Long Does Corn Last?

How long does corn last? The shelf life of corn, like most other fresh vegetables may not have a sell by dateuse by date, or best before date so you have to go with purchase date in most cases. Although fresh corn on the cob is best and often only available during the summer months, it is enjoyed all year long in either canned or frozen form.

 

So, how long does corn last? When properly stored, the shelf life of corn is approximately…

Fridge
Fresh Corn  lasts for 5-7 Days
Cooked Corn lasts for 5-7 Days

 

Of course, all foods last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly.

 

How to tell if corn is bad, rotten or spoiled?

It is the tips of the corn cob that will begin to go bad first. The best way to tell if your corn on the cob is going bad is to look at the top spray, if it is moist and darkening that is not a good sign. Often mold will begin to form at a moist tip, at which you will want to either cut off the top end plus an extra inch of the cob (if it has not spread too far) or just discard the entire ear of corn if it has spread beyond the tip. If fresh corn cobs have been left on the counter they will dry out, starting with the outer husk and the color will be a lighter green and dry looking. This corn will cook up chewy and flavorless instead of moist and tasty.

Cut fresh corn will begin to leak a milky substance as it ages and the corn will not be good once it sits in this liquid. Discard if there is odor or change in appearance.

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled corn, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your foods prior to their eat by dates.

How to store corn to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the shelf life of corn. It is best to store them whole and unwashed in a sealed plastic bag in the fridge vegetable drawer.

For a longer term option, corn may be frozen for 6-8 months, but they should be cooked or blanched first and placed in freezer safe containers.

To find out how and how long to cook corn, see our page on how long to boil corn.

Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding wast

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Long Do Cucumbers Last?

How long do cucumbers last?
Cucumbers – how long do cucumbers last? The shelf life of cucumbers, like most other fresh vegetables may not have a sell by dateuse by date, or best before date so you have to go with the purchase date. Because of their relatively low cost, low calories, concentration of vitamins (especially A, K and potassium) and versatility they are a great snack or addition to any meal. They are generally divided into two categories: slicers and picklers with the latter being smaller and firmer. So, how long do cucumbers last? When properly stored, the shelf life of cucumberspast their purchase date is approximately…

Fridge
Past Printed Date
Fresh Cucumbers (Whole) last for 1 Week
English Cucumbers last for 7-10 Days
Japanese Cucumbers last for 7-10 Days
Persian Cucumbers last for 1 Week
Pickling Cukes last for 1-2 Weeks
Sliced Cucumbers last for 1-2 Days

 

Of course, cucumbers last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. English and Japanese cucumbers tend to come in sealed plastic wrap which, if airtight, extends their shelf life slightly over an unwrapped fresh cucumber.

 

How to tell if cucumbers are bad, rotten or spoiled?

Large whole cukes generally last longer because they have their protective skin (which also holds most of the nutrients). You can usually tell by looking if they are going bad and then by feeling if your cucumbers have gone bad. A common trait of going bad is moisture on the surface. When cucumbers have gone bad, they become mushy and develop a white slimy surface and should not be eaten. Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled cucumbers, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your them prior to the eat by date.

How to store cucumbers to extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date. To extend the shelf life, it is best to store them whole and un-peeled in a plastic bag in the vegetable drawer in the fridge. Do not wash them before putting them in the fridge.
Although cucumbers do not freeze well, the small and firm ones make great pickles when put through the canning process. Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

What to do if you have too many cucumbers about to go bad?

 

Interesting facts about cucumbers?

  • They are 95% water!

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Long Do Frozen Vegetables Last?

Shelf Life of Frozen Vegetables

Frozen Vegetables – How long do frozen vegetables last? The shelf life of frozen vegetablesdepends on the best by date, the preparation method and how the frozen vegetables were stored. Fresh vegetables are great, but frozen are available all year round. With new flash freezing processes frozen vegetables now retain most of their vitamins.

 

So, how long do frozen vegetables last?
When properly stored, the shelf life of frozen vegetables past their sell by date is approximately …

(Open/Unopened) Freezer
Past Printed Date
Frozen Vegetables last for 8-10 Months

But remember, frozen vegetables, like a lot of other vegetables, usually have a best by date and not an expiration date. Because of this, you may safely use frozen vegetables to compliment your favorite meals even after the best by date has lapsed.

 

How to tell if frozen vegetables are bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your frozen vegetables have gone bad. Ice crystals begin to form on frozen vegetables as their time in the freezer is extended. If the ice crystals are removed and the vegetables retain their color and texture, they can still be used. Some common traits of bad frozen vegetables are loss of color, a shriveled size and caked on ice crystals. All of this results in a bland taste.
Although freezing is an indefinite form of storage, frozen vegetables do not last forever in the freezer. All dates on the table are suggested for proper food quality and taste.
There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled frozen vegetables, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your frozen vegetables prior to the eat by date.

How to store frozen vegetables to extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. You can keep frozen vegetables fresher longer and preserve their taste by storing them in freezer safe containers at a constant temperature. Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

How to use up frozen vegetables before they expire?

  • Add them to your omelet or find another recipe using the Bird’s eye site. It allows you to enter the frozen vegetable you’ve got and then gives you a list of recipes using that vegetable.
  • To find out how long to cook frozen corn, see our table on how long to boil corn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Long Does Garlic Last?

The shelf life of garlic

The shelf life of garlic

How long does garlic last? The shelf life of garlic, like most other fresh vegetables has no sell by dateuse by date, or best before date so you have to go with purchase date. Because of their relatively low cost, long shelf life,concentrated flavor and various health benefits garlic is an easy addition to most foods. So, how long does garlic last? When properly stored, the shelf life of garlic is approximately…

Counter Fridge
Fresh Garlic (Whole) lasts for 3-6 Months
Fresh Garlic Cloves last for 1-2 Months
Fresh Chopped Garlic  lasts for 1 Week
Prepared Jar of Chopped Garlic lasts for 2-3 Months

 

Of course, garlic lasts for a shorter period of time if it is not stored properly.

 

How to tell if garlic is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, looking at the cloves is the best way to tell if your garlic has gone bad. Some common traits of garlic going bad are brown spots on the cloves and the color of the cloves changing from white to a yellowish-tan. Another thing you may notice with garlic about to go bad are green roots in the center of the clove, those are new sprouts and safe to eat. See below for how to plant garlic to save these cloves.
There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled foods, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your garlic prior to the eat by date.

How to store garlic to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of garlic, especially fresh cloves. In deciding how to store garlic to extend its shelf life, the best option is to store the garlic whole at room temperature in a dark and dry place with plenty of air circulation. Once you begin removing cloves from the garlic, it’s shelf life decreases quickly. Some good choices in determininghow to store garlic is using a hanging wire mesh basket (optimal choice), a mesh bag, a paper bag or a paper type egg carton. Avoid plastic bags, the refrigerator, or any closed containers that can’t breathe (allow air through) when storing garlic, because closed containers can produce a moisture build-up and cause the bulb to deteriorate or even produce mold.

Once garlic is removed from it’s skin and prepared, it’s a different story – peeled cloves should be stored in a tightly closed container in the refrigerator. The best choice to extend the shelf life of chopped garlic is to add a little olive oil and store it in a sealed jar in the refrigerator.

Freezing garlic is not recommended since freezing changes the texture and thus the flavor.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

Any other storage methods to extend the shelf life?

    • Clay pots (with holes in the bottom) turned upside down over the bulbs make a really nice house.
    • If you see green sprouts inside your cloves, they are prime for planting! It’s easy, if you know how to plant garlic.

How to plant garlic:

You can plant cloves with green sprouts inside and enjoy them well beyond the normal shelf life. Garlic is easy to grow, just stick the clove in the ground (just under the surface) and cover it with dirt. Then water well and often and that green sprout will soon be sticking straight out of the ground. Note- larger cloves are better for planting and plant them about 4″ apart.

What to do if you have too much garlic about to go bad?

  • Make tasty bread. Melt some butter then add chopped garlic and let it sit for awhile. Spread it on your Italian bread and put it in the oven briefly with whatever you’re baking.
  • Plant your cloves – see above on how to plant garlic

 

 

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How Long Does Lettuce Last?

Shelf Life of Lettuce

Lettuce – how long does lettuce last? Lettuce is a leafy vegetable, usually eaten raw as in the main ingredient of salads. The shelf life of lettuce depends on a variety of factors, such as the date purchased (since it does not have a sell by date), the preparation method and how it was stored. Because of its relatively low cost, low caloric content, vitamins and antioxidants lettuce in salads is one of the most popular ways to eat vegetables.

 

So, how long does lettuce last? When properly stored, the shelf life of fresh lettuce past its date purchased is approximately …

(Unopened/Opened) Refrigerator
Past Printed Date
Head Iceburg Lettuce lasts for 7-10 Days
Head Romaine Lettuce lasts for 7-10 Days
Head Leaf Lettuce lasts for 5-7 Days
Head Butter Lettuce lasts for 3-5 Days
Chopped or Loose Lettuce lasts for 3-5 Days
Fresh Express Lettuce lasts for 3-5 Days

 

Of course, all foods last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But, like a lot of other vegetables, lettuce usually has a best by date or no date at all to tell the expiration date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use it to compliment your favorite meals even after the the best by date has lapsed.

 

How to tell if lettuce is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your lettuce has gone bad. Some common traits of bad lettuce are discoloration, a moist texture and a rotten smell. Lettuce will first become limp and then the green color turns to brown or black. There are, of course, certain health risks associated with any spoiled food, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your foods prior to their eat by dates.

How to store lettuce to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food.
You can help lettuce keep fresh longer by storing it in your refrigerator immediately after use. A great way to keep it crisp and fresh for longer is to rinse and dry your lettuce before storing it. An easy way to dry lettuce is with a salad spinner. A container made for lettuce, like the Tupperware container, or any airtight plastic (such as a vegetable bag sealed tightly) work great to keep out moisture and other contaminants.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

Interesting Facts

  • Lettuce can carry bacteria like E-coli, so it is important to always wash your it after purchase. Important note – *always wash your lettuce before use*!

 

 

 

 

 

How Long Do Mushrooms Last?

How Long Do Mushrooms Last?

Shelf Life of Mushrooms

Mushrooms – how long do mushrooms last? The shelf life of mushrooms, like most otherfresh vegetables may not have a sell by dateuse by date, or best before date so you have to go with purchase date in most cases.

 

Because of their relative variety, flavor, vitamins including Vitamin D, minerals including copper and versatility in cooking mushrooms are a popular vegetable choice which also contain protein. Yet since wild mushrooms can be very dangerous and even deadly, be sure to get them from a store or other reliable source.

So, how long do mushrooms last? When properly stored, the shelf life of mushrooms is approximately…

Fridge
Fresh Mushrooms (Whole) last for 7-10 Days
Fresh Mushrooms (Sliced) last for 5-7 Days
Cooked Mushrooms last for 7-10 Days

Of course, mushrooms last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly.

How to tell if mushrooms are bad, rotten or spoiled?

Large whole mushrooms last slightly longer because they have less exposed surface. You can usually tell by feeling if yourmushrooms have gone bad as they develop a sticky/slimy surface and get darker in color. Once this starts, it quickly destroys them. Once you begin to feel a slime on the mushroom, cook them quickly to extend their shelf life for a few more days. When mushrooms have gone bad, they become mushy and slimy and should not be eaten as they are probably developing mold.
Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled mushrooms, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your them prior to the eat by date.

How to store mushrooms to extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of mushrooms.
To extend their shelf life it is best to store them whole and un-peeled in a sealed plastic bag in the fridge.

For a longer term option, mushrooms may be frozen for 6-8 months, but they should be cooked first and placed in freezer safe containers.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

What to do if you have too many mushrooms about to go bad?

  • Quickly brown the mushrooms in a little oil and garlic and then store them in a sealed container in the fridge. They’ll be ready to add to your omelet in the morning.

 

 

 

 

How Long Do Onions Last?

Onions – how long do onions last? The shelf life of onions, like most other fresh vegetables has no sell by date or best before date so you have to go with purchase date. Because of their versatility, flavor and relatively long shelf life sauteed onions (although unpleasant to chop) immediately add that “something smells good” aroma to any kitchen . So, how long do onions last? When properly stored, the shelf life of onions is approximately…

Counter Fridge
Fresh Onion (Whole) lasts for 4-6 Weeks 1-2 Months
Fresh Onion Chopped lasts for 1 Week
Fresh Scallions (Whole) lasts for 1-2 Days 1-2 Weeks
Frozen Onion  lasts for 6-8 Months

Of course, onions lasts for a shorter period of time if it is not stored properly.

How to tell if onions are bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, looking is the best way to tell if your onion has gone bad. Some common traits of onions going bad are brown, black or soft spots. The soft spots will quickly develop mold, so cut out the soft spot and surrounding area and use the onion quickly. There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled onions, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your onions prior to the eat by date.

How to store onions to extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of onions. To extend the shelf life of onions it is best to store onions whole at room temperature in a dark and dry place with plenty of air circulation. A hanging wire mesh net works great, as do mesh bags and paper bags. Avoid plastic bags or any closed containers that can’t breathe (allow air through), which can produce moisture build-up.

Once onions are removed from their skin and prepared, it’s a different story – peeled onions should be stored in a tightly closed container in the refrigerator.

Onions can be purchased frozen, although their texture is not as nice.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

Any interesting facts about onions?

  • Onions come in three colors: white, yellow and red (although red ones are actually purple in color).
  • Here’s a great to way to use an old pair of pantyhose – put an onion in the leg then tie a knot and repeat the process with all your onions and then hang the pantyhose! To remove an one cut a slit in the sack just above the onion you wish to remove in order that you can re-fill the pantyhose with the next batch.

 

What to do if you have too many onions about to go bad?

  • Chop the onions and seal them into an airtight freezer safe bag and freeze.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Long Do Pickles Last?

How Long Do Pickles Last?

Shelf Life of Pickles

Pickles – How long do pickles last? Do pickles expire? The shelf life of pickles depends on a variety of factors, such as the best by date, the preparation method and how the pickles are stored. While cucumbers are great straight from the garden, their shelf life is pretty short. However, when they are put through the pickling process and enter their new stage of life as Pickles, they can hang in the fridge for a very long time. The pickling process involves vinegarwhich is very acidic and creates an extremely hostile environment for the growth of bacteria in a pickle jar. So, how long do pickles last? When a jar of pickles is properly stored, the shelf life of pickles past their best before date is at least…

Product Pantry (Unopened) Refrigerator (Opened)
Past Printed Date Past Printed Date
Pickles last for 1-2 Years 1-2 Years
Pickled Peppers last for 1-2 Years 1-2 Years
Pickled Corn lasts for 1-2 Years 1-2 Years
Sauerkraut (pickled cabbage) lasts 1-2 Years 1-2 Years

Of course, pickles last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But remember, pickles, like a lot of othervegetables, usually have a best before date and not a use by date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use pickles to compliment your favorite meals even after the best before date has lapsed.

How to tell if pickles are bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Sight is usually the best way to tell if your pickles have gone bad. If the top of the lid on the jar is rounded and dome shaped instead of flat across, the pickles have most likely gone bad probably because the jar was not sealed properly. If you open the jar and do not a hear the normal pop then the seal had been broken. If anything is brown or black (besides the added spices), then you should not eat the pickles. The pickles will begin to lose their crunch as time goes on after the best before date has lapsed, so aren’t as enjoyable but are still edible. There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled pickles, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your pickles prior to the eat by date.

How to store pickles to extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. You can help pickles stay fresh longer by storing them unopened in the pantry where the temperature is always less than 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Once opened, the pickles should be kept in the fridge. Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

What’s interesting about pickles?

  • Pickle juice can be recycled and used as a base to marinate beef or pork.
  • If you like pickled veggies, add some fresh vegetables to the jar when the pickles are gone.

 

 

 

 

 

How Long Do Potatoes Last?

How long do potatoes last?

Potatoes Shelf Life

How long do potatoes last? The shelf life of potatoes depends on a variety of factors, such as the sell by date, the preparation method, how the potatoes were stored, and the humidity of your climate. Because of their relatively low cost and proven health benefits, potatoes are one of the most popular vegetables in the world and can be cooked in many different ways. So, how long do potatoes last? After purchase from the store and proper storage,the shelf life of potatoes past their sell by date is approximately …

 

Potato Pantry Fridge Freezer
Past Date  Past Date  Past Date
Russet or White Potatoes last for 3-5 Weeks 3-4 Months
Yukon Gold Potatoes last for 2-3 Weeks 2-3 Months
Red or New Potatoes last for 2-3 Weeks 2-3 Months
Fingerlings last for 2-3 Weeks 2-3 Months
Sweet Potatoes lasts for 3-5 Weeks 2-3 Months
Sliced Potatoes or French Fries last 1-2 Days 6-8 Months
Cooked Potatoes last for 5-7 Days 6-8 Months
Mashed Potatoes last for 5-7 Days 6-8 Months
Instant Dry Potato Packages last for 1 Year 4-5 Days

 

Of course, potatoes last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But remember, potatoes, unlike a lot of otherfresh vegetables, may have a have a sell by date if they are sold in a plastic bag. This is the last day they may be sold, not consumed. Because of this distinction, you may safely use potatoes to compliment your favorite meals even after the sell by date has lapsed. If there is no date, like most fresh vegetables, then the date to use for the table is the purchased date.

How to tell if potatoes are bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness.
Some common traits of bad potatoes are discoloration and growths through the skin. The potatoes will begin to get soft and wither. Potatoes are still alive when picked, so if potatoes are kept too long in a humid climate they will eventually begin to form new white sprouts. These can be cut off and the potato still used, but the quality of the potato is diminished and you’re better off planting the new sprout!
They can also develop green spots is they are exposed to direct light for an extended amount of time, in which case the green spot may be cut off and the rest of the potato may be used. If the potatoes get wet at all they can also grow mold, in which case they must be thrown out. So, do not wash them prior to storage.
For mashed potatoes, they are starting to get old when the liquid begins to separate from the solid. At first the liquid is fairly clear and can be mixed back in and used, but then the liquid will form a white haze and the potatoes will smell sour – at which point you need to toss the mashed potatoes.
There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled potatoes, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your potatoes prior to the eat by date.

How to store potatoes to extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of potatoes. Potatoes are best stored in a cool dark place. Ideally, potatoes should be stored in a cellar, where they can remain for several months at a temperature of 45 to 50 degrees. Keeping them at a higher temperature will cause them to shrink and sprout, especially if there is also low humidity. This is because the potato is composed of 80% water, so it evaporates in a hot, dry climate. Keeping them at a lower temperature, like the fridge, will cause the potato starch to convert to sugar which makes a sweet taste but also causes them to darken very fast when frying. This process can be reversed by leaving them out of the fridge for 7-10 days. [1]
Once prepared, potatoes should be stored in a tightly closed container to keep out moisture and other contaminants.
Once raw potatoes are cut open they oxidize rather quickly, this can be temporarily eliminated by putting them directly into a pan of salted water as they are cut.
Raw potatoes do not freeze well, but french fries are made for the freezer. The best form to freeze is the partially cooked french fry. Although freezing is an indefinite form of storage, potatoes are moist and form ice crystals that eventually take over the bag of french fries.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

What to do with too many leftover mashed potatoes?

Last nights dinner can easily become todays breakfast and leftover mashed potatoes are the perfect ingredient for potato pancakes. Add an egg or two (depending on how many mashed potatoes you have left over), salt and pepper and maybe a splash of milk if your potatoes are too thick. Whip the mixture up with a fork and then, when your pan is hot and oiled on medium high heat, put a scoop of potato mixture and flatten with a spatula. Turn when browned, brown the other side and you’ve got easy potato pancakes.

Interesting Facts about Potatoes:

  • Potatoes are cheap and easy grow, the do not require much fertilizer or chemicals. So easy, that they were even grown in space on the shuttle Columbia in 1995.
  • 80% of a potato is actually water!
  • The largest potato (according to Guiness World Records) was over 18 pounds!

 

 

 

 

How Long Does Summer Squash Last?

How long does zucchini last

Zucchini Shelf Life

Squash – how long does summer squash last? Summer squash comes in a variety of names, shapes and sizes but what they all have in common are a soft, thin, edible skin with soft seeds inside (which actually make them a fruit by the way) and can be eaten raw unlike their cousins (winter squash). Zucchini is the most well known in the summer squash category. Summer squash includes zuccini (black, green or yellow), crooked neck, straight neck, scallop, butter blossom, gourmet globe and sun drops. The best picks at the market for this category are the smaller ones.

 

The shelf life of zucchini and other summer squash is tricky because there is no sell by date,use by date or best before date attached anywhere to summer squash. For eat by date purposes, the sell by date is the date that the squash was purchased.

So, how long does zucchini last past the sell by date? When properly stored, the shelf life of zucchini and other summer squash past the date purchased is approximately …

Counter Refrigerator
Fresh Summer Squash lasts for 1-5 Days 5-7 Days
Zucchini lasts for 3-5 Days 5-7 Days
Crooked Neck Squash lasts for 3-5 Days 5-7 Days
Prepared (Cooked) Squash lasts for 7 Days

How to tell if zucchini is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Zucchini and other summer squash will begin to get soft and black marks appear on the skin- use them quick before they get mushy and a thick white liquid forms on the skin and must be thrown out.
Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness.

How to store summer squash to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food.
Summer squash keeps best in a plastic bag in the produce drawer of the refrigerator.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

What’s Interesting about Summer Squash?

  • Summer squash is grown all over the world.

 

 

 

 

How Long Do Sweet Potatoes Last?

How long do sweet potatoes last?

How Long Do Sweet Potatoes Last?

Shelf Life of Sweet Potatoes

The shelf life of sweet potatoes depends on a variety of factors, such as the best by date, the preparation method and how they were stored. Sweet potatoes and yams not only have a creamy sweet texture but they are also high in fiber and beta-carotene. They are almost always on the Thanksgiving menu.

Sweet potatoes are very versatile and often confused with yams. Sweet potatoes and yams are from two completely different flowering plants (while white potatoes come from a root plant), but are often labeled as each other. The yam is slightly softer (it contains more water) and has an orange colored flesh while the sweet potato is a whiter (or more yellowish) color both inside and out. Pictured are sweet potatoes.

So, just how long are sweet potatoes good for – how long do sweet potatoes last? After purchase from the store and proper storage, the shelf life is approximately …

(Unopened) Pantry Fridge Freezer
Past Date  Past Date  Past Date
Fresh Sweet Potatoes last for 3-5 Weeks 2-3 Months
Canned Sweet Potatoes last for 1 Year
Sweet Potato Fries last for 2-3 Days 4-6 months
Frozen Sweet Potatoes last for 5-7 Days 6-8 Months
Fresh Yams last for 3-5 Weeks 2-3 Months
Canned Yams last for 1 Year
Dry Instant Sweet Potatoes last for 6-12 Months
(Opened) Pantry Fridge Freezer
Canned Sweet Potatoes or Yams last for 7 Days
Cooked Sweet Potatoes last for 7 Days 4-6 Months
Cooked Yams last for 7 Days 4-6 Months

Of course, all foods last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But remember, sweet potatoes, like a lot of other vegetables, may have a best by date or a better before date but not an expiration date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use sweet potatoes to compliment your favorite meals even after a best before date has lapsed.

How to tell if sweet potatoes are bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your sweet potatoes have gone bad. Some common traits of bad sweet potatoes are discoloration and growths through the skin. They will begin to get soft and wet (water will leak out) and then turn brown and/or black. If part of the sweet potato goes bad, the whole potato should be thrown out as the flavor is affected. There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled sweet potatoes, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your sweet potatoes prior to their eat by date.

How to store sweet potatoes to extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. You can help sweet potatoes keep fresh longer by storing them in your pantry or in the refrigerator for a slightly longer life. Once prepared, sweet potatoes should be stored in a tightly closed container to keep out moisture and other contaminants.
Raw sweet potatoes do not freeze well, but sweet potato fries are flash frozen and made for the freezer. Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

Interesting Facts About Sweet Potatoes:

  • Sweet potato season is from October thru January.
  • 80% of the world’s sweet potatoes are grown in Asia.

What to do with excess potatoes?

If you have too many sweet potatoes, use your them in one of these ways before they go bad:

  • Make sweet potato fries. Peel & cut the sweet potatoes then mix with a little olive oil and a sprinkle of any or all of these: sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice. Place on lightly sprayed pan in a hot 450 oven for about 20 minutes.
  • Peel, cut and boil your sweet potatoes until soft. Combine 1/2C brown sugar, 1/4C coconut, 1/4C finely chopped pecans, 3T melted butter and a dash of cinnamon and layer this mixture on top of the smashed sweet potatoes in a buttered casserole dish.

 

 

 

 

How Long Do Tomatoes Last?

How Long Do Tomatoes Last?

Shelf Life of Tomatoes

How long do tomatoes last? The shelf life of tomatoes depends on the date picked or purchase since there is usually no sell by dateuse by date or best before date attached anywhere to tomatoes. Scientifically speaking a tomato is a fruit, but when used in culinary terms the tomato is considered a vegetable. There’s nothing like tomatoes straight from the garden, but most of us must rely on stores for our fresh fruits and vegetables. Tomatoes are a great source of phytonutrients which help keep the skin elastic to slow down aging and anti-oxidants to protect against damaging radicals. So, how long do tomatoes last past the purchase date? When properly stored, the shelf life of tomatoes past their date purchased is approximately …

Counter Refrigerator
Fresh Tomatoes last for 1 Week 2 Weeks
Canned Tomatoes last for 1 Year (Unopened) 7 Days (Opened)

 

How to tell if tomatoes are bad, rotten or spoiled?

Fresh tomatoes will begin to get soft and then may leak liquid when they are going bad. They may also begin to mold, at which point they have gone bad and you will want to throw them out.
Another problem you may experience with having fresh fruit on the counter is the sudden presence of fruit flies. Fruit Flies are tiny little flies that just hover around your fresh fruit basket. So, how do you get rid of fruit flies? To get rid of fruit flies, place a bowl of water with a teaspoon of vinegar in it next to the fruit basket at night. In the morning, all the fruit flies should be drown in the bowl. Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness.

How to store tomatoes to extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. Even though tomatoes are actually fruit, they are best kept in the refrigerator drawer that is marked for fresh produce. Keeping tomatoes in the refrigerator will make them last longer, but they will still wither over time. There are many varieties of tomatoes including grape tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and plum tomatoes. Plum tomatoes seems to last a little longer than all the rest because they have a firmer meat. Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

 

 

 

 

How Long Do Canned Vegetables Last?

How Long Do Canned Vegetables Last?

Shelf Life of Canned Vegetables

How long do canned vegetables last? The shelf life of canned vegetables depends on a variety of factors, such as the best before date, the preparation method and how the canned vegetables are stored. Vegetables straight from the garden are always tasty & fresh, but not always practical and available like canned vegetables. Because of the high heat process used to can vegetables and the added salt, canned vegetables have an extended shelf life.

 

So, how long do canned vegetables last? When properly stored, the shelf life of canned vegetables past their best before date is approximately …

 

(Unopened) Pantry
Past Printed Date
Canned Vegetables last for 1-2 Years
Can Corn lasts for 1-2 Years
Canned Soup lasts for 1-2 Years
(Opened) Refrigerator
Canned Vegetables last for 7-10 Days
Can Corn lasts for 7-10 Days
Canned Soup lasts for 7 Days

 

But remember, canned vegetables, like a lot of other vegetables, usually have a best before date and not an expiration date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use canned vegetables to compliment your favorite meals even after the best before date has lapsed.

How to tell if canned vegetables are bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Sight is usually the best way to tell if your canned vegetables have gone bad. If the top of the can is rounded and dome shaped instead of flat across, the vegetables have most likely gone bad. Also be cautious with dented cans. If you open the can and anything is brown or black, then do not eat the vegetables.
There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled canned vegetables, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your canned vegetables prior to the eat by date.

How to store canned vegetables to extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. You can help canned vegetables stay fresh longer by storing them in the pantry where the temperature is always less than 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

Any Interesting Facts about canned vegetables?

  • Because of the long cooking at high temperatures that are needed to can vegetables, the vegetables contain less nutritional value than they had before canning.
  • The exception to the above statement is beans. Dried beans must be cooked for a long time anyways, so prepared dried beans and canned beans have about the same nutritional value (although beans are not really vegetables, but most people think they are).
  • To find out how and how long to cook canned corn, see our page on how long to boil corn.

 

 

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