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Food Shelf Life and Food Storage Facts

What's Your Food Storage IQ?

Happy Spring, everybody! The two aspects of this season that have the most impact on you and your kitchen are the oh-so-welcome bounty of Spring produce — and a dreadful but necessary phrase that you may be familiar with, Spring cleaning.

Along with those kitchen appliances that need to be stowed away and the cabinets that are waiting to be wiped down are probably a number of pantry items and refrigerated goods that have long surpassed their prime.

After all, what exactly is the shelf life of that bottle of ketchup, anyway? Before you get to that major project of deep cleaning your kitchen, brush up on your food storage knowledge.

Let's get started, shall we?

How long will . . .

What's Your Food Storage IQ?

. . . a carton of raw eggs last in the refrigerator?

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dleighl dleighl 5 years
I keep ketchup a lot longer than that in my pantry. It's always been fine.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 5 years
Just a quick note, in the quiz the question was how long ketchup will last in the pantry, not in the fridge. I think some people misread that.
archerkate archerkate 5 years
Some of the "facts" backing up this quiz are nonsense! (I realize they were taken from stilltasty.com, a useful, but often incorrect database.) Any product with lots of natural preservatives (like salt or vinegar) will keep for very extended periods of time -- I'm talking about ketchup and soy sauce here. Also, canned foods, regardless of type, can last forever. They are only unsafe to eat when the can is open or bulging. Therefore, you can definitely enjoy green beans long after two years of ambient-temperature storage. Manufacturers just want you to get rid of foods so that you'll buy more, not because they are unsafe to eat. There have been numerous respected scholarly articles written in part about this food issue. Just use some common sense when eating, please. If it has mold, toss it... or in the case of cheese, cut of the mold.
Katie-Sweeney Katie-Sweeney 5 years
When I took this I picked the longest time possible for all of the answers! Also what's the shelf life for opened jars of sun-dried tomatoes and olives? Anyone know?
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 5 years
I did horribly! I can't believe milk is only supposed to last that long. Things like that change over time actually, because nowadays milk is treated to stay fresh for extended periods of time. One week is probably only right for milk you buy directly from a farm or something. I also have a question for the beer. Even if it's stored longer than that, it's not going to kill anyone, right? I imagine you can still cook with it.
tigr3bianca tigr3bianca 5 years
I only got 1 right and I should be dead from eating so much expired food. I do smell tests and check dates, maybe my fridge is magic and keeps things good for longer.
limelindsey limelindsey 5 years
There's no way a bar of dark chocolate would last 2 years in my cupboards! Two days, maybe. :)
caramelqtee75 caramelqtee75 5 years
OMG I only got 1 right
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