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How Long Foods Stay Fresh In Fridge

January 25, 2008 | By More

fridge.jpgIt’s easy to put something in the refrigerator and forget about it. But foods don’t stay fresh in the fridge forever, and the day will come when you take something out and wonder if it’s still good to eat or has gone bad.

BABY FOOD: 1 – 3 DAYS IN FRIDGE ONCE OPENED

An open jar of strained fruits and veggies lasts two-to-three days in the fridge. Opened cooked meat and vegetable combos need to go after a day or two. Meat and veggie combos should go after two days, tops. The bottom line: Don’t leave open jars of baby food in the fridge longer than three days.

PASTA SAUCE: 5 DAYS ONCE OPENED

Once opened, tomato-based sauces are only good for five days to a week. Don’t wait for the mold to form. In many cases, you won’t see the mold in the sauce after five days, but it actually could be there. No amount of cooking will kill the toxins. So, to be safe, you need to throw it away.

MAYONNAISE: LASTS 2 MONTHS ONCE OPENED

Mayo has a high fat content, which means it’s not as susceptible to mold and bacteria growth. But the oils in mayo break down over time, so its flavor changes, and it will no longer taste good. There may be a subtle “off” smell, but you may or may not be able to smell it, so be on the safe side and dispose of it after two months.

CHEESE: LASTS 1 – 4 WEEKS

Softer cheeses generally have a shorter shelf-life than hard chesses. Hard cheeses ( e.g. cheddar or Swiss) last three to four weeks in the fridge after they’re opened; soft cheeses (e.g. Brie) last one week. With cheeses, you can follow the “use/sell by” dates as your guide, but it’s best to examine the cheese: Look for mold and smell the cheese to see if it has an odor of ammonia.

EGGS: LASTS 3 – 5 WEEKS

Eggs should last three to five weeks after you put them in the fridge. Keep in mind that it’s very important that you don’t put eggs in the front of the fridge — even if there are compartments for them there. They’ll spoil earlier if they’re in the front. Stick eggs along with milk, and raw food (fish, meat, and poultry) in the back of the fridge, because it’s cooler there. Bacteria grow at a slower rate in colder temperatures.

LEFTOVERS: LAST 3 – 4 DAYS

Kung Pao chicken, pepperoni pizza, or tuna salad must go in the fridge within two hours of serving to reduce your risk of food-borne illnesses, because bacteria grow more quickly at room temperature. Don’t leave leftovers hanging out in the kitchen. Put them in the fridge as soon as you’re done with them. Cold temperatures slow the rate of bacteria growth.

Tip

To remember when you first opened a jar, use a permanent marker write down the date on the lid.

[CBS News]

Category: Food

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