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How long different foods keep on the counter, in the fridge, or in the freezer

Mar 3, 2013 By Abraham

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  1. Brendt Wayne Waters says:

    Tomatoes can last a year and half on your counter, but stick them in the fridge and they’re bad in 2 weeks?

    1. B says:

      Depends on temperature and humidity. Tomatoes in my restaurant kitchen last a week tops before starting to mould. Avocadoes the same.

  2. Nathan says:

    Eggs will last for 3 weeks or so on the counter. My family never stores them in the fridge, as it only adds a couple days to the lifespan and they take up too much space.

      1. Emily says:

        I beg to beg to differ, we “grow” eggs and exclusively store them on the counter, for week and sometimes months. Its really east to tell if an egg has gone wrong, so we just look at them before putting them in anything and have never gone wrong!

  3. Ella says:

    The really scary thing is that ham and bologna used to be ways of preserving food for the winter! Now they are shot full of preservatives and go off in a few days?

  4. Michael Miller says:

    How the hell do people store potatoes for months? MIne seem to start sprouting after only a week or so…

  5. Nora says:

    If the egg thing were true, all of the UK would be in trouble since they never refrigerate the things. You buy them on one of the dry-goods isles of the grocery store and are meant to keep them in the pantry. Coming from the US, I refrigerate mine when I bring them home and my friends think I am ruining them.

  6. Stephanie says:

    I didn’t know that refrigerating honey was not recommended. I leave mine in the cupboard anyway, but I didn’t know it was not recommended. Oh, about butter, I disagree about the room temp shelf life, my mom always kept half a stick of butter in a dish in the cupboard for spreading, and I do too, and it takes much longer than a few days to separate, much less spoil.

    Also what people are saying about eggs is quite interesting. Had I more counter space I might do that.

    1. Stephanie says:

      especially since eggs are supposed to be brought to room temp before boiling, which is bad for impatient people like me, haha.

    2. Pspaughtamus says:

      For honey, it doesn’t really HURT it to be in the fridge, but it will crystalize. All you have to do is put the jar in a bath of warm water to re-liquify the honey, and it’ll be fine.

  7. Kat says:

    There is a lot of incorrect info on this chart. Potatoes should never be stored in a refrigerator due the starches breaking down and giving them a spoiled sweet aftertaste. The explanation for sell-by and expiration dates are incorrect and need to be changed ASAP before it gets someone sick. The sell-by date is the one so the store knows how to rotate their product. Also, this chart is too simplistic for proper conveying of food safety knowledge. How long meats will last depend solely on whether or not if it was previously frozen. And how long fruit and vegetables last depend on whether they were grown local or commercially.

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