Toss It Or Save It?
For my junior year, I decided to make the move to an off
campus apartment instead of staying in the dorms. Other than having my own
bedroom, the biggest perk is that I have a full kitchen now. No more two foot
mini-fridge and nonexistent freezer. The transition from having a meal plan to
cooking for yourself can be challenging, but it is certainly fun to learn how
to cook. However there are some downsides as well, like the fruit flies that
seem to never go away or last week's dinner rotting in your fridge.
Luckily, Women's Health Magazine put together an expired
food guide to help know when to toss old food or keep it. They found that in
most cases you can keep food long after the expiration dates, which for college
students on a budget, is super helpful. In this guide they have everything from
when to toss your apples to how long that jar of pickles is safe in the fridge.
For example, produce such as lettuce and broccoli is good for about five days
after expiration. Other foods such as
canned or packaged food last much longer. For example, jellies and jams can
survive and extra year past expiration.
It also important to use common sense when trying to preserve your food
as well. As long as your handle your food properly, it can last much longer.
For more tips on how long to keep your food, check out the article in Women's