Preventing food spoilage with this handy chart!
Preventing food spoilage can save you hundreds of dollars on your grocery bill. It’s not always easy to keep track of all the food in your freezer, refrigerator, or pantry. This is particularly true if you have a big family or household to shop for or if you like to food prep for the week.
From time to time, we forget about the items that have gotten nudged to the back and left for months or even years to come! I once found a bottle of chocolate sauce that had expired YEARS prior (in my defense, that is when I still lived with my parents).
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Is it still safe to eat…?
Have you wondered in these cases, “Is this still safe to eat?” From meats to leafy greens to starches, it’s often fuzzy on whether some items are still safe to eat. Unless it is actually fuzzy, then DON’T EAT IT!
If food spoils or goes bad, it’s always a shame to have to throw things away, which in turn means throwing your money down the garbage. Food expenses can really add up, especially when buying organic and healthy options.
Also ensuring that you have high quality, airtight food storage containers can help to prolong the life of your food. Last week I made some creamed peas that I stored in a container that was NOT airtight and within a day they went bad 🤮.
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Not keeping track of your food in each storage space can be a huge money waster and a risk to your health if you happen to eat something bad or spoiled. Kitchen Cabinet Kings clears things up with their simple chart below that outlines how long it takes food to spoil in your fridge, freezer, and pantry.
Reference this next time you do a grocery haul to avoid food waste and help save your wallet!
Preventing food spoilage doesn’t have to be difficult, you can also label your leftovers so you know exactly when you should eat them by!
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