Wednesday, April 9, 2014

How long can you refrigerate food?

We always pick so many food item from the grocery and store it into the refrigerator for longer time. But we never thought how long do freezer food really keep? As we think that frozen food remain safe indefinitely as long as your refrigerator is plugged in. However technically,  the foods which is kept  forever, do not actually taste as earlier.

Many people think it is not safe to eat any product after the date on the label (Expiration date), and if they do they will get food poisoning. Because there is average lifespan of some common foods.But expiration dates are not as clear cut as they seems, and sometime perfectly fine food makes you ill or cause food poisoning. The problem is, expiration dates do not indicate what we think they do.

As a general rule of thumb, frozen food will keep for three months in a standard home freezer before starting to show signs of freezer burn.Freezer burn is a common problem in which food packages covers with frost and sucks the moisture out of then and when you cook this type of food they will lack  good flavour and texture.

If you are storing foods in plastic bags, be sure to follow the guideline of food and drug administration for safe storage. sometimes the flavour can be changed due to storage of  its limited time.So to avoid this type of problem, make a chart for your refrigerated item, and use your food items at the right time.

keep forever in Pantry

Popcorn kernels

2 year in Pantry

Bottled salad dressing

6 to 9 months in refrigerator


unopened 6 to 8 months in Pantry


6 month in refrigerator

Peanut butter

6 months in Pantry


1 to 3 months in refrigerator

2 months in refrigerator
3 to 5 weeks in refrigerator

Orange juice

7 to 10 days in refrigerator

Baby carrot 

2 to 3 weeks in refrigerator

Cheddar cheese  

3 to 4 weeks in refrigerator


1 week in refrigerator

Uncooked bacon

1 week in  refrigerator

Uncooked hot dogs

1 week in  refrigerator 
1-2 months in freezer

5 to 7 days in  refrigerator

Cooked rice

4 to 6 days in  refrigerator

Deli turkey meat

3 to 5 days in  refrigerator


opened 3 to 5 days in refrigerator

Cooked chicken

3 to 4 days in refrigerator


3 to 4 days in refrigerator

Raw chicken

1 to 2 days in  refrigerator 
9 months in freezer

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