My friends and family are going to be hearing a lot less from me now that I have found this practical and fabulous website called Still Tasty that lets you know the “shelf life” of your favorite food or beverage. You can browse shelf life information by categories such as vegetables, dairy & eggs, meat & poultry, etc. and they also answer questions such as “Is It Okay to Put Hot Food Directly Into the Fridge” and “How Long Can You Keep Thawed Ground Beef”? Essential information for this culinary challenged chicka.
To help you retain a longer shelf life from the beginning, Greenfeet has plenty of safe storage options such as this small glass container with glass lid or this set of 3 glass containers of varying sizes (easy nesting storage) with #4 plastic lids. However, my most recent favorite is this set of 4 Coverflex Reusable Food Covers from Simple Ecology. This amazing food cover is a great alternative to traditional throwaway products like plastic wrap, plastic bags and/or aluminum foil, which all present inconveniences beyond just being wasteful. These covers easily adapt to all types of dishes, bowls, pans and are safe for use in the freezer, refrigerator, microwave or oven.
With this plethora of food storage information and options, I can avoid calling my one sister for shelf life advice whose (English) husband thinks expiration dates are only suggestions and that good cheese is meant to have a bit of mold on it.