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How long is too long? April 17, 2008

Filed under: Cooking — LotusMama @ 3:18 pm

We had an interesting conversation at my parents’ house last night – if you call the shelf life of refrigerated food interesting. I’m in the “only a few days” camp but I was in the minority. I’m one of those weird people that only like milk that has been freshly opened and mayo jars that are small so they don’t sit around for very long.

So for all those burning “how long in the fridge” questions, here are some guidelines from the FDA. Check out the full list here.

Soups and Stews with meat in them: 3 to 4 days
Hot dogs (unopened): 2 week
Hot dogs (opened): 1 week
Bacon: 7 days
Chicken or Turkey Parts: 1 to 2 days
Fried Chicken: 3 to 4 days
Cooked meat and meat dishes: 3 to 4 days
Mayo: 2 months
Cooked Fish: 3 to 4 days

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3 Responses to “How long is too long?”

  1. Auld Hat Says:

    Oh I am terrified! I’m amazed I haven’t died from accidental self inflicted food poisoning yet.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    I am in violation of everything you have listed. I have been using bacon that has been in the refridge longer than the guidelines suggest. I don’t believe in leaving food out on the counter but as you well know, I haven’t killed any member of my family yet!

  3. Kimberly Ann Says:

    Too true, Mother, too true. But now at least I have something backing up my crazy theories.


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