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Tips for keep­ing food fresh and stored cor­rectly in the fridge

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

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 What are the risks of eat­ing out-of-date food?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.

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