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Label Your Food With Dates

Healthy Habit: Label Your Food With Dates

Food expiration can come with some surprisingly tricky time guidelines. While packaged food often comes with a stamped date to follow, I frequently discover the dates have disappeared and can only decipher a couple of digits. Take the guessing game out of the picture (and avoid getting sick from food that's unsafe to eat) by getting in the habit of labeling your food.

Keep your labels and marker in a kitchen drawer so they're handy whenever you're storing leftovers in the refrigerator or freezing ingredients for future use. You'll end up wasting less (and saving money) when you don't have to question which month you made that grilled chicken and decide to chuck it just in case. Happy labeling!


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jadenirvana jadenirvana 8 years
Guess this is more Geeksugar's speed, but my fiancee got me these magnets from ThinkGeek that count how many days something is in the fridge. It's probably because he's sick of the smell of rotting lettuce, though I prefer to think it's because he's romantic and thoughtful:)
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
I do this!
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
I do this!
closetrebels closetrebels 8 years
that's funny I just recently started thinking about doing this today. It's really important for things like milk etc
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I do this with some things...I label my leftover containers in the fridge with the date I made them so that I rotate through them and don't end up with some random container from a month ago in there. I don't generally label nonperishables, but I might start labeling my pantry items that do go bad after a certain amount of time so that I toss them out if I don't use them up before they go bad.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
This is a good idea. I recently cleaned out both the fridge and pantry and some of the stuff didn't have dates. It may have been good, but I tossed it anyway.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
my grandmother used to do this all the time so that we knew what should be eaten first given when it was bought, packaged etc. i think that it's a smart idea so you don't end up starving and realize that all your canned goods are expired.
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