Can I eat this? Know the food in your refrigerator.

Does this smell bad?

That’s what most of us ask when we wonder if something in the refrigerator can (or should) be eaten.

Wonder no more, I have some easy guides and helpful tips for you right here so save those Labor Day picnic leftovers with confidence.

At a time when money’s tight for so many people and so much of the world goes without,. throwing away food is a waste of resources no one can afford.

StillTasty is a terrific site to have handy. Not only does it have a search feature to assist you in finding specialty foods, users are also able to browse shelf life by category.

If you’ve ever wondered what’s safe in the refrigerator during or after a power outage FoodSafety.Gov has an informational page on this for reference called Refrigerated Food and Power Outages: When to Save and When to Throw Out? Always discard any items in the refrigerator that have come into contact with raw meat juices, they advise. They also have a handy reference chart.

Buzzfeed has a great article called 27 Brilliant Hacks To Keep Your Fridge Clean And Organized with high colour photographs and infographics, with tips ranging from cleaning and shelving to baskets and bacon. Real Simple also has basic tips on how to be organize your refrigerator that anyone can do to make life easier and food last a little longer. Because dairy products can be a particular concern in warmer weather, the Shelf Life of Dairy Products should be of assistance.

Here’s to eating well every day of the year. 

11 thoughts on “Can I eat this? Know the food in your refrigerator.

  1. Dileas, do you remember, many years ago, Letterman doing a stunt where he dressed in a velcro suit and threw himself at a velcro wall to see if he'd stick? He could do that with this subject – he could dress in various meat, egg, milk, ketsup, ect. outfits and throw himself at a velcro fridge to see where he sticks.
    :p Ok, well, it's been a long day. Anyways, thanks, Gen, for some handy links, especially since my Aunt and I are in the process of cleaning the fridge out.

  2. Thanks for the wonderful links…we have had multiple electrical outages this year, and I am a fearful nut and tend to throw out EVERYTHING due to fear of some food related illness. I think the links make me feel more safe in saving SOME foods that I normally wouldn't have. Thanks for this money-saving post; you just saved me some serious cash.

    By the way, a FYI that I learned the hard way (the first time it happened, I didn't know I could make a claim): IF you have renters or homeowners insurance, then there is coverage for natural occurrences/power outages that cause a freezer or fridge to fail: you can claim said spoiled food if you either delineate the list of foods spoiled, or take a nice pic. I had this happen with a freezer full of steaks, frozen meals, etc, and I was paid in full for the cost of said products. Just something to think about?

    “G” from Goodreads.

  3. By the way, a FYI that I learned the hard way (the first time it happened, I didn't know I could make a claim): IF you have renters or homeowners insurance, then there is coverage for natural occurrences/power outages that cause a freezer or fridge to fail: you can claim said spoiled food if you either delineate the list of foods spoiled, or take a nice pic. I had this happen with a freezer full of steaks, frozen meals, etc, and I was paid in full for the cost of said products. Just something to think about?

    Okay, everybody, keep this info handy! Thanks G.
    PS You need to come over and comment a lot more often 🙂

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