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18 April 2011

How long does food stay fresh?

Are you ready to plan your meals?

Whether your answer is yes or no, the first important thing to know when planning your meals is how long your choices can stay fresh inside the fridge. You wouldn't want to waste time and money on planning your meals and go grocery shopping only to find out that the food you bought would not even last a week.

Let's take a look at some of the most common food items that we buy and store inside the fridge:

Vegetables, especially leafy greens. The best way to store them is to NOT put them inside the freezer. They won't last long inside the freezer because they will develop ice crystals and spoil. What you can do to make them last a little longer is to wash and dry them thoroughly after coming off from the grocery. Once dry, you can put them in ziplock bags and use them within 3 to 5 days.

Meat - whole meat should only stay inside the freezer 3 to 5 days. Ground meat should be cooked within a span of two days after purchase. Although, putting them in airtight containers and placing them inside the freezer may make them last for a week.

Fish and shellfish should be cooked within 2 days after purchase, even if you store them in the freezer. The reason for this, fish and shellfish are extremely perishable. You wouldn't want to feed your family any spoiled food.

How about leftovers? Are they still safe to eat after a few days? First, remember to store your leftovers in small separate containers. Aside from being easier to store, you can also choose which leftover you want to reheat and eat without sacrificing all of it. However, leftover food and even take out food can only stay fresh between one and two days after purchase.

Cakes and pastrues? Make sure to check with the manufacturer or the date stamp and make sure that you eat it before the "Best Before" date on the seal.

Brightest Blessings!