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How to clean a refrigerator

Cleaning a refrigeratorWhen was the last time you gave  your refrigerator a deep clean? If you cannot remember you need this post…badly. Since my New Year’s Resolution to not stock up on too much fresh food (which we never finish) my refrigerator seems to empty out by Saturday (our usual shopping day). When the fridge get really bare, I take the opportunity to clear the entire shelf off and give it a quick cleaning but even when I do that regularly, strange, sticky, gooey, smelly puddles always seem to pop up over time and when that happens, it’s time to Spring Clean the refrigerator! Read More →

Food shelf life: Is it still good?

shelf life of foods

My husband and I have very different “rules” on what is still good and what needs to be tossed. He goes by what I call “caveman rules” If it’s not black or green and doesn’t smell funny, it’s good to go! I, however, tend to adhere to a different set of standards based on the expiration date of food  and basic shelf life of foods.

While you can find many websites with an extensive listing of food shelf life, I have compiled a list of basic food storage guidelines.

Shelf life of foods

Milk: Five days after opening
Eggs: About three weeks, unless the use-by date is earlier.

Hard-boiled eggs: Seven days
Hard cheeses: Tightly wrapped hard cheeses can keep up to three weeks.
Fresh fish: Cook same day of purchase
Raw Meat (unopened): Three to five days (or use by package date)
Raw Chicken (unopened): One to two days (or use by package date)
Deli meats: Tightly sealed deli meats stay good about three to five days.
Leftovers: Eat within three days. If you’re not sure, toss it out
Most vegetables: one week
Fruit: Varies
Condiments: keep for about two months or see expiration date.

Ever wonder what those date stamps on food actually mean?
Pack Date refers to when a product was packaged and not necessarily an indicator of freshness.
Sell-by Date is the last day a retailer sell product. The food should remain safe to eat for as many as 10 days afterward if refrigerated properly.
Use-by Date means that the  food is safe to eat until this date. Keep in mind that improper storage at home or the store is not considered so if it has a foul odor, toss it.
Best-if-used-by Date  is the most reliable one to follow, because it takes possible mishandling into account.

Is your refrigerator clean? If not, click here for some tips!