Is This Still Safe to Eat

If you follow some basic, common-sense rules about handling your edibles you can avoid the nasty effects of food poisoning. These rules are compliments of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

How Long Can I Keep It?

Is This Still Safe to EatRefrigerate all perishable food within two hours, or one hour if the temperature is over 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Wrap all food in foil or freezer-safe plastic wrap before freezing.

Dairy – follow the use by or sell by dates – do not freeze
Eggs – good for 3-5 weeks in the refrigerator – do not freeze
Ground meat – lasts 1-2 days in the refrigerator, 3-4 months in freezer
Raw chicken – keeps 1-2 days in the refrigerator, 9 months in freezer
Beer – best within 110 days from the bottling date

Leftovers

Pizza – wrap in foil or plastic wrap, refrigerate, and use within 3-4 days. Lasts up to 2 months in the freezer.
Chinese Food – close the containers tightly, refrigerate and use within 2 days. Don’t freeze.
Fried chicken – wrap in foil or plastic, refrigerate and use within 3-4 days, or freeze for up to 4 months
Soup or Stew – store in a covered container, refrigerate and use within 3-4 days, or freeze up to 3 months.

Take a look at our Starter Pantry and Staples Checklist.

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