Once you've cleared up what belongs where, the next step is knowing how long the food will last. Storing food is a delicate matter -- in the fridge, food might get moist and moldy, and in the freezer it could lose all its moisture or get freezer burn. If you leave food in the fridge or freezer too long, it could not only lose its integrity but it may also become unsafe to eat. FoodSafety.gov has two useful charts listing how long certain foods will stay good in both the refrigerator and the freezer. The first chart lists all kinds of commonly refrigerated foods and the second is specifically for eggs and food made with eggs. The website specifies suggested storage guidelines that should keep foods from spoiling and becoming unsafe to eat. Suggested time limits for food in the freezer are for quality only, because "frozen foods remain safe indefinitely."
You might be surprised at how long or how short some of your favorite foods are supposed to last in the fridge. It's always a good time to educate yourself on food safety, but with Fourth of July and the inevitable cookouts coming up, now is as good a time as ever to make sure your knowledge is current. Do you know how long an unopened package of hot dogs will stay good versus an opened package? If you're looking to preserve the lifespan of your macaroni salad, should you put it in the fridge or freezer, and how long will it stay good? You may be serving a crowd, so make sure you know what you're giving them, and what to expect for leftovers.
Test your knowledge below and learn how long your food will stay good in the refrigerator and freezer.
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Correction: This post originally stated that eggs stay good in the refrigerator for three to five days, when in fact they stay good for three to five weeks.