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Tips for keeping food fresh and stored correctly in the fridge
How long can you really keep the cooked chook, and other leftovers in the fridge? Food,
How long does a barbecue chook really last in the fridge? We spoke with naturopath and nutritionist Jess Blair about what best before and use by dates really mean, and how to keep the food in your fridge fresh.
What is the difference between best-before and use-by?
“The use-by date refers to when it’s safe to eat or consume up until,” Blair said. “The best-before date is more about the taste and quality of the food rather than a safety issue.” What are the risks of eating out-of-date food?
“There are many risks depending on what food it is. If you are eating anything like meat, milk or fish that are past their useby date, you can contract food poisoning,” Blair said.
Can food like raw meat be frozen and defrosted to eat after its use-by date? How long will it last in the freezer?
“Yes, you can eat meat after its use-by date if you defrost it and have it that day,” Blair said. “Meat varies depending on the cut. Four months would be my maximum.” When should canned food be binned?
“Most canned food can last one-and-a-half years. Fish, veg and low-acidic canned goods can last up to five years,” Blair said.
“Always check the useby or best-by dates. Also, check the cans look similar to when you bought them and don’t have any holes in them or are swollen.”
How long will common perishable foods last before they have to be thrown out?
Cooked chicken: If the chicken is covered and refrigerated, eat within three to four days.
Cheese: should be straight in the fridge once opened and stored in the vegetable crisper area where it is cold and stable. Wax paper helps keep cheese fresh.
Yoghurt: Opened yoghurt is best consumed within five to seven days. Sealed yoghurt should be eaten by the use by date.
Salsa and dips: Once opened, salsa can last up to two weeks if refrigerated and stored in an airtight container. Dips vary. Once opened, they should be refrigerated and covered with the original cover for up to five to seven days. What is the best way to store half-used veg?
All vegetables should be stored differently. For more, visit lifestyle.com.au.