Supermarkets today have an array of fresh, frozen and prepared foods. Your store maintains quality assurance and sanitation standards to ensure you receive fresh, wholesome and safe food products.
After purchase, though, it's up to you to take care of them properly. The Food Keeper contains food safety and storage advice to help you maintain freshness and quality of foods
You may purchase hard copies of The Food Keeper here.
Refrigerate foods to maintain quality as well as to keep them safe. Some bacteria grow and multiply - although very slowly - at refrigerator temperatures. There is a limit to the time various foods will stay fresh and safe in the refrigerator. Food kept continuously frozen at 0º F will always be safe but the quality suffers with lengthy freezer storage.
NOTE: Storage time are from date of purchase unless specified on the chart. It is not important if a date expires after food is frozen.
Every year, billions of pounds of good food go to waste in the U.S. because consumers are not sure of its quality or safety.
Information on temperature and storage for refrigerated items
Information on packaging, freezer burn and defrosting frozen food items
Information on temperatures, low-acid canned goods, high-acid canned goods and canned hams
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