Fashionista, It’s Time to Check the Fridge

How Long to Keep Food in the Refrigerator

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Hello again Fashionista on the go! I’ve been sharing with you the importance of working out and eating right, but now it’s time to take a look at what’s in your refrigerator. Let’s make sure you have fresh and healthy ingredients. We usually go through our refrigerators and wonder if something is still good based on how it smells or looks. Well, here’s a guide to how long items should be stored for:

POULTRY

  • Uncooked: 1-2 days, freeze 9-12 months
  • Cooked: 3-4 days, freeze 4-6 months

Fish

  • Cooked: 3-4 days, freeze 4-6 months
  • Lean or fatty, uncooked: 1-2 days; freeze lean fish up to 6 months; freeze fatty fish 2-3 months
  • Shellfish: most shellfish 1-2 days; freeze 3-6 months

Meats

  • Uncooked: steaks, chops, roasts: 3-5 days (freeze steaks 6-12 months; freeze chops 4-6 months; freeze roasts 4-12 months)
  • Ground: uncooked: 1-2 days, freeze 3-4 months
  • Cooked: 3-4 days, freeze 2-3 months

 

DAIRY AND EGGS

CheeseĀ 

  • Hard, unopened: 6 months
  • Hard, opened: 3-4 weeks
  • Soft, unopened: 3-4 weeks
  • Soft, opened: 1-3 weeks

Eggs

  • Fresh eggs (in shell): 3-5 weeks, do not freeze
  • Raw egg yolks, whites: 2-4 days, freeze up to 1 year
  • Hard-boiled eggs: 1 week, do not freeze
  • Egg whites, egg substitutes, opened: 3 days, freeze up to 1 year

Butter: 1-3 months, freeze for 6-9 months

Milk: 1 week

Yogurt: 10-14 days

 

FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

  • Apples: 3-4 weeks
  • Apricots, avocados, melons, nectarines, peaches: 5 days
  • Beets: 1-2 weeks
  • Bell Peppers: 3-4 days
  • Berries: 3 days
  • Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, green onions: 5 days
  • Cabbage, cucumber, celery: 1 week
  • Citrus fruit: 2 weeks
  • Grapes: 5 days
  • Spinach and leafy greens: 3-4 days
  • Tomatoes: 2-3 days

This is just a small list of foods and recommended refrigeration tips, but it can be very helpful. Another thing that you can do is to make sure you date things as soon as you open them. Even if you freeze it, write the date on the bag because you never know when you may pull something out from the back of the freezer and ask yourself, “Is this still good?!” 9 times out of 10 it’s probably not. Use this as a guideline and the next time you grocery shop have your sharpie ready.

About MoniqueB

Hi I'm Monique. I graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a B.S. in Kinesiology. I'm a personal trainer and NPC Figure competitor who loves transforming bodies. I am also currently enrolled in a Master's program.