Sunday, March 8, 2009

Food Shelf Life

A friend asked me the other day, how long does food stay good in your refrigerator after you have cooked it (left overs). Well, a sniff test can't help you answer that question. There could be bacteria in your food, which you can't see, taste or even smell that can make you sick. published a shelf life go-by in March of 2005 which hopefully gives us a better idea of food's refrigerator time limit

Casseroles - 3 to 4 days
Chinese takeout - 1 to 2 days
Meat, cooked (beef, poultry, pork, lamb and ground meats) - 2 to 3 days
Pastries, cakes and cheesecake - 7 days
Pizza, pasta and rice - 1 to 2 days
Potatoes and cooked vegetables - 3 to 4 days
Potato salad and deviled eggs - 2 to 3 days
Seafood, cooked - 2 daysAdd Image
Seafood, raw (sushi, sashimi, etc.) - Day of purchase
Soups, stew, and chili, vegetarian - 3 to 4 days

Also here's a little tidbit regarding produce
- Tomatoes, bananas, citrus, avocados and berries should stay on the counter, not in the fridge. Northern fruits like apples and pears can go in the fridge.

Hope that helps!

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