WATCH: How Long Should You Keep Your Food?

Cut down on food waste with this guide!

 

 

All types of food products last for a certain period of time with proper storage. Knowing your food’s shelf life will help you practice food safety and enjoy food before they expire. Watch this video to know how long should you keep these common food items.

 

1 Milk

Unopened cartons of milk can last for 1 week after printed date and 1 week after opening (refrigerated). To tell if your milk is bad, check for discoloration, lumpy texture, and any sour smell.

 

2 Butter

Butter can last for 2 weeks after opening. Spoiled butter will appear pale and may have molds present. It will either be too soft or too hard to spread and will have a stale smell.

 

3 Bread

Bread can last for 5-7 days after printed date. The most common trait of bad bread is the presence of molds. If one slice of bread is moldy, the entire loaf must be disposed.

 

4 Eggs

Eggs can last for 3 weeks after purchase. To determine if egg is safe-to-eat, place egg in bowl of water. If egg floats, it is expired. If egg sinks, it is still safe to eat. If egg hovers in the middle before sinking, it is still safe to eat but must be consumed immediately.

 

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5 Flour

Flour can last for 6-8 months after printed date (stored in an airtight container). The easiest way to tell if the flour has gone bad is to check if it has developed a rancid smell.

 

6 Baking Soda

Baking soda can last for 1 and a half years after printed date. The best way to test if your baking soda is still good, add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to some vinegar. If it fizzes, it is still active.

 

7 Baking Powder

Baking powder can last for 1 year after printed date. The best way to test if your baking powder is still good, add 1 teaspoon of baking powder to some hot water. If it fizzes, it is still active.

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