Know When To Toss Your Food

We all wonder how long we can go after opening a food product or how far you can stretch after the expiration date. Here are some tips on some popular foods by Jessica Girdwain

  1. Frozen Chicken:  Store it in a freezer bag and keep it in a single layer so it gets rock-hard quickly. Make sure to squeeze out as much air as possible to prevent freezer burn, and use it all within a month or two.
  2. Raw Chicken: It generally keeps 1 to 2 days in the fridge, but follow the expiration date listed on the package and if you know you won’t be eating it within the one to two days, FREEZE IT!
  3. Deli Meat: You can keep deli meat up to a week, but it’s recommended to eat within 3 days
  4. Leftovers: A week is still safe, though at that time, ingredients may start to separate. Ideally, you want to eat them within 2 to 4 days.
  5. Frozen bread/bagels: You can store them for a few months in the freezer, but bread may dry out and accumulate freezer odors in about 2 to 3 weeks
  6. Coffee: Buy a week or two’s supply of coffee (versus a whole giant can) at a time and store in an airtight container in a cool dark place
  7. Chicken/Beef broth: If the broth was canned, pour it into another container, refrigerate, and use it up in a few days.
  8. Eggs: You’ve got some wiggle room after the sell-by date by about 2 to 3 weeks. Five weeks is your max!
  9. Canned tomatoes: canned tomatoes can stick around in your fridge for a few days. Just don’t store them in the can after opening them–transfer them to another airtight container.
  10. Snack foods: When they hit their expiration date–or a month after opening (whichever comes first)–throw the bag away.



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