Do you have food that’s been forgotten about in the back of your freezer? Maybe there’s a section of your pantry that hasn’t been touched in months. If you struggle to keep up with how long food has been sitting in your fridge, freezer, or pantry, consider these helpful tips to better your food organization and reduce waste.
After a grocery haul, try adding labels to each of your food items. Check the expiration date of each food item and immediately add that date to the label. This way, there’s no confusion on whether it’s safe to eat 2 weeks to 2 months down the line. Whether it’s chicken and steak, frozen spinach and broccoli, or pasta and bread, each food item has a specific time frame before it will go bad. Consider using a chart to keep track of what you bought, where you stored it, and to mark the date that it’ll go bad. If you’re not sure how long common household food items last, Kitchen Cabinet Kings put together a simple guide that details this info.
Whether you’re a busy mom, you travel often or run your own business, it’s easy to leave food sitting in your home. Avoid getting sick by eating expired or freezer burned food. It’s important to know the lifespan of common foods too so you can avoid wasting money. There’s nothing worse than throwing food away, and remembering just how much you spent on it! Especially if it’s an organic or more expensive product. Check out the infographic below for an outline on common household food items and the average amount of time before it spoils in your pantry, fridge, or freezer.