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Food Shelf Life and Storage Tips

    Awareness of the shelf life of food is a twofold concern, balancing food safety and concerns of not being wasteful of money and resources. Americans throw away nearly 40% of the food grown in the country. This amounts to 1,400 calories per person per day, around $400 per person, per year. Shockingly, 31 million tons of food are added to landfills each year! To help balance good health, thriftiness and being a conscientious citizen of the planet, we’ve put together a list of the shelf life of many common foods and best ways to store them to preserve freshness! Shelf Life of Fruits and Vegetables Apples - Refrigerator: 3-5 months Oranges - Room Temp: 3-4 days  Refrigerator: 5-6 weeks Lemons & Limes - Room Temp: 1 week  Refrigerator: 2-5 weeks Grapefruit - Room Temp: 1 weeks  Refrigerator: 2 weeks Stone fruits (apricots, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums) - Refrigerator: 3-5 days Avocados (ripe) - Room Temp: 2-3 days   Refrigerator: 5-10 days Berries and Cherries - Refrigerator: 2-3 days Grapes - Refrigerator: 1-2 weeks Commercially frozen fruits - 1 year Canned Fruits - Refrigerator, unopened: 1-2 years.                          Opened (stored in airtight container): 2-3 days   Asparagus - Refrigerator: 3-5 days Carrots - Refrigerator: 2-4 weeks Green Beans - Refrigerator: 1 week Bell Peppers - Refrigerator: 1-2 weeks Tomatoes - Room Temperature: 2-5 days depending on size and ripeness. Mushrooms - Refrigerator: 1-2 days Commercially frozen vegetables - 8-12 months Canned vegetables - Room Temperature: 1 year             Refrigerator (opened, stored in airtight container): 3-5 days Shelf Life of Meat, Poultry, Fish and Eggs Bacon - Refrigerator: 7 days  Freezer: 1 month Raw Sausage - Refrigerator: 1-2 days  Freezer: 1-2 months Hard Sausage - Refrigerator: 2-3 weeks  Freezer: 1-2 months Ground Beef, Turkey, Chicken, Lamb, Pork - Refrigerator: 1-2 days  Freezer: 3-4 months Steaks/Chops/Roasts (Beef, Pork, Lamb) - Refrigerator: 3-5 days Freezer varies: Steaks - 6-12 months, Chops - 4-6 months, Roasts - 4-12 months Fresh Poultry (whole) - Refrigerator: 1-2 days  Freezer: 1 year Fresh Poultry (pieces) - Refrigerator: 1-2 days  Freezer: 9 months Fish - Refrigerator: 1-2 days  Freezer: Lean fish (cod, haddock, flounder) - 6 months    Fatty Fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel) - 2-3 months Eggs - Refrigerator: Will maintain their best quality for around 3 weeks after the “sell by” or expiration date on the carton. To determine if an egg is still good, you can do a “float test” by putting it in a bowl of waters. If it sinks, it is safe to use. If it floats, it means that gases have built up in it’s shell and it’s not safe for consumption. Pantry Staples ( kept in airtight storage) Flour: 6-8 months Milk (Evaporated, Powdered, Sweetened/Condensed): 1 year Nuts: Shelled 4 months, Unshelled 6 months Peanut Butter: 6-9 months unopened Baking Soda: 2 years Baking Powder: 18 months Rice: White, Jasmine and Basmati - 2 years Brown and Wild - 6 months Pasta: 2 years Oil: Olive - 6 months, Canola - 1 year   Most vinegars are at their best within 2 years but is safe indefinitely. The following pantry staples will keep forever. . . Salt Sugar Honey Real Vanilla Extract
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