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?
Refrigerate 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
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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