Spring Cleaning – How Long to Keep Food
Spring is a great time to clean kitchen cupboards, pantry or freezer. It is easy for food containers to get pushed to the back of the cupboard, pantry, or the freezer. This is the time of year I get calls regarding how long food can be kept.
North Dakota State University Extension Service has a great bulletin on this topic titled “Food Storage Guide Answer the Questions… How long can I store ________ before its quality deteriorates or it’s no longer safe to eat. This bulletin can be found at http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/yf/foods/fn579.pdf
It is a good idea to check the dates of food containers periodically, so food is used in a timely manner and consumed when of excellent quality.