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The Shelf Life of Food

THE SHELF LIFE OF FOOD

Foods unopened, COUNTER/PANTRY REFRIGERATOR FREEZER
uncut or uncooked
unless stated
otherwise 1 DAY 1 MONTH 1 DAY 3 MONTH 1 MONTH 1 YEAR


APPLES 2-4 Weeks 1-2 months 8-12 months
BANANAS 2-7 days 5-9 days 2-3 months
CANTALOUPE Unite ripe 1 week 8-12 months
GRAPES 3-5 Days 7-10 days 3-5 months
LEMONS 2-4 weeks 1-2 months 3-4 months
PEACHES Until ripe 2-5 days 8-12 months
STRAWBERRIES 1-2 days 5-7 days 6-8 months
BROCCOLI 2 days 7-14 days 8-12 months
CARROTS Up to 4 days 4-5 weeks 8-12 months
CUCUMBERS 1-3 days 1 week 8-12 months
GREEN BEANS 1 day, not recommended 1 week 8-12 months
LETTUCE 1 day, not recommended 1 week Do not freeze
POTATOES 1 month 3-4 months Do not freeze
TOMATOES 57 days 2 weeks 8-12 months
BUTTER 10 days 1-3 months 6-9 months
CHEESES, HARD 1-3 months 2-4 months 6-8 months
CHEESES, SOFT Few hours 2-4 months 6-8 months
EGGS Few hours 3-4 weeks Do not freeze
MILK Few hours 5-7 days 1 month
YOGURT Few hours 2-3 weeks 1-2 months
BACON 2 hours 2 weeks 4 months
BOLOGNA 2 hours 1-2 weeks 2-3 months
CHICKEN 2 hours 1-2 days 1 year
FISH 2 hours 1-2 days 6-9 months
HAM 2 hours 1 week 6 months
HAMBURGER 2 hours 1-2 days 6-8 months
STEAK 2 hours 1-2 days 6-8 months
BREAD 5-7 days 1-2 weeks 2-3 months
HONEY Forever forever, forever
but not recommended
KETCHUP 1 year 1 year Do not freeze
MAYONNAISE 2-3 months 1 year, Do not freeze
2 months if opened

LEFTOVERS
1 DAY 1 MONTH

MACARONI & CHEESE 3-5 days
PIZZA 3-4 days
SALAD WITH DRESSING 3-5 days
SANDWICHES 1-2 days
SPAGHETTI & MEAT BALLS 1-2 days

What's the Deal with Expiration Dates?
The little dates you find food packages refer to quality, not safety, if properly stored, you can eat food beyond its expiration. It is always best to use your eyes and nose to check for possible food safety issues

USE-BY & BEST BEFORE
Provided voluntary by the manufacturer to let you know how long the product will remain at its absolute best. The product is still edible after date but the taste may decline.

EXPIRES ON
Found on perishables like meat and diary. This is a guide for stores to know how long they can display the product. You can eat the product beyond this date as long as it is stored properly.

SELL-BY
This is usually found only on baby food or other products the government regulates with regard to dating. Do not consume past this date.

SOURCES
USDA
FDA
shelflifeadvice.com
eatbydate.com
University of Kentucky College of Agriculture Recommended food storage times.
http://ces.ca.uky.edu/oldham-files/FN-SSB.085.pdf
Foodanswers.org
http://whatscookingamerica.not/information/freezerchart.htm
http://www.nrdc.org/food/files/waste-food-IP.pdf
http://www.history-magazine.com/fefring.html
http://www.stilltasty.com
http://www.nfsmi.org/documentliberaryeds/PDF/20110822024701.pdf.

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