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Food Storage - How long do things last?

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Created October 19, 2011 at 2:06 PM

I would like to do some weekend cooking to make things easier and faster during the week. How long would things stay fresh? I'm not asking how long do they last (how quickly eaten) in your house. I'm talking shelf life. For example:

  • Dozen Eggs
  • Cooked Chicken (baked, grilled, or sauteed in fat)
  • Ground Beef
  • Pack of Bacon

What could be cooked and then frozen for easy warm up and incorporation into different meals during the week.

I should add that these things will be cooked not raw. How long would they last cooked??

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

My husband ate, without knowing until after, 8 year old frozen ground beef, and lived through it. (My mother in law must have been actively trying to kill her whole family!).

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on October 20, 2011
at 01:21 PM

My grandma used to do this!! She had 2 huge deep freezes and I swear she was trying to make everyone sick. Who knows what she had in there and how old it was!!

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on October 19, 2011
at 04:32 PM

you can also just reboil it every 3-4 days, and then chill again and put back in the fridge... that will extend the life of the broth in the fridge.

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on October 19, 2011
at 03:52 PM

You can freeze it and it will last for months. I actually just used some beef broth in chili that I'd made 3 weeks before and left in the refrigerator. It worked fine. YMMV.

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on October 19, 2011
at 02:10 PM

That depends on fridge type a lot and food quality. Generally, vitamin C is absent in days. Its probably absent at the moment you buy food.

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on October 19, 2011
at 03:09 PM

I think this will help you. It answers all your questions. It's the FDA refrigerator and freezer storage chart. They are very conservative, for obvious reasons, but it will give you a good general idea.

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on November 02, 2011
at 05:32 PM

I usually give it a couple weeks at most. Of course, this is from a guy that thinks that as long as it doesn't move and say "Daddy" when you look in the container, it's edible. So your mileage may vary. :)

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on October 19, 2011
at 04:53 PM

I can keep most cooked veggies, seafood, and meat about a 5-7 in the fridge provided it is salted and spiced decently since these tend to preserve food better. Examples would be ground taco meat, chili, Thai coconut curries, etc. Boiled eggs unshelled I keep in the fridge up to a week (so do my parents). I don't know if it's better shelled or unshelled.

Uncured deli meats and bacon once opened from the package I use within 2 days.

Anything with heavy cream like cream of broccoli, lasts about 3-5 days in the fridge.

I will marinate raw meat/shrimp/fish for 1-3 days before cooking with salt and spices if I don't have time to cook it right away.

Salads with lettuce, tomatoes, onion, cucumbers I use up within 2-days. Homemade guacamole/tuna salad/egg salad I finish same day, and storebought in 2 days.

Freezer food can be eaten as long as there isn't freezer burn!

Grass-fed dairy I do not use after "Use by date." Once opened, milk, heavy cream, and yogurt is consumed in 5 days.

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on October 19, 2011
at 03:46 PM

What about the beef broth that I put up and then ignored for who knows how long? I was gonna do a roast with it, should I make a new batch instead? I love the soup bone meat and gooey cartilage and marrow and stuff, but then the broth just sits in the fridge. Can I freeze it next time?

Medium avatar

(5136)

on October 19, 2011
at 04:32 PM

you can also just reboil it every 3-4 days, and then chill again and put back in the fridge... that will extend the life of the broth in the fridge.

4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

(5145)

on October 19, 2011
at 03:52 PM

You can freeze it and it will last for months. I actually just used some beef broth in chili that I'd made 3 weeks before and left in the refrigerator. It worked fine. YMMV.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

My husband ate, without knowing until after, 8 year old frozen ground beef, and lived through it. (My mother in law must have been actively trying to kill her whole family!).

Ea36147178112f8793341ec7a01c531d

(102)

on October 20, 2011
at 01:21 PM

My grandma used to do this!! She had 2 huge deep freezes and I swear she was trying to make everyone sick. Who knows what she had in there and how old it was!!

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7d64d3988de1b0e493aacf37843c5596

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on October 19, 2011
at 02:45 PM

I routinely eat cooked ground beef and boiled eggs that had been stored in the refrigerator for up to a week after cooking. Not much real basis for this time frame, but it hasn't made me sick yet. The boiled egg yolks seem to get a little hard/dried-out so I prefer to go through those sooner if possible.

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