What is the Shelf Life of Your Food

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What is the Shelf Life of Your Food

What is the Shelf Life of Your Food

Groceries are getting more and more expensive by the day.  And when we throw away food that has gone bad, we’re just throwing money in the trash.  Should the milk be thrown out because it is past the expiration date?  How long will meat stay fresh in the refrigerator?  Sometimes it is hard to know if food has gone bad or not, so we throw it out to be on the safe side.  But if it is really still safe to eat, we are just wasting hard earned money.  It can be hard to know when to keep or get rid of the food in our pantries, fridges, and freezers.

Use this cheat sheet to help you figure out how long your food will keep.

Foods Unopened/Uncooked/Uncut   On Your Counter or In Your Pantry  In the Refrigerator  In the Freezer 
Carrots up to 4 days 4-5 weeks 8 – 12 months
Cucumbers 1-3 days 1 week 8 – 12 months
Broccoli 2 days 1-2 weeks 8 -12 months
Green Beans not recommended 1 week 8 -12 months
Potatoes 1 month 3-4 months 8 -12 months
Lettuce not recommended 1 week do not freeze
Tomatoes 5 days 1 week 8 – 12 months
Bananas 2-7 days 1 week 2 months
Apples 2-4 weeks 6 weeks 8 -10 months
Grapes 3-5 days 7-10 days 3 – 4 months
Lemons 2-4 weeks 6 weeks 3 -4 months
Strawberries 1-2 days 1 week 6 – 8 months
Chicken 2 hours 2 days 8 -10 months
Fish 2 hours 2 days 8 -10 months
Steak 2 hours 2 days 6 -8 months
Bacon 2 hours 2 weeks 4 -5 months
Eggs 2 hours 3-4 weeks do not freeze
Milk 2 hours 1 week 1 month
Butter 10 days 1-3 months 8 -10 months
Yogurt 2 hours 2-3 weeks 2 – 3 months
Hard Cheese 2 months 3 months 8 – 10 months
Soft Cheese 2 hours 2-4 months 6 – 8 months
Bread 5-7 days 1-2 weeks 2 months
Honey forever not recommended forever


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