Ever found an old container of mac and cheese in the fridge and wonder if a week is too long to keep it there? How about discovering frozen chicken from a few months ago and contemplating cooking it? For someone living on a tight budget, leftovers and freezing your food is almost a necessity, but it's also important to keep your health in mind. Eating mold is gross, not to mention it can make you really sick.
Foodsafety.gov has a handy-dandy chart which gives some guidelines as to how long you can keep stuff in the fridge or freezer before you should chuck it.
- Hot dogs can stay frozen for 1-2 months, but shouldn't stay in the fridge for more than 2 weeks.
- Lunch meat, if opened, should be tossed after 5 days in the fridge, but can stay up to 2 months in the freezer.
- Bacon can stay in the fridge for a week, but can stay in the freezer for about a month.
- A whole chicken or turkey can hang out in the fridge for a day or two, but can stay frozen up to a year.
Check out the website for more suggestions - leftovers, beef, salads, all that stuff is covered on the Food Safety page.
Stay awesome (and healthy!)