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Infographic: The Shelf Life of Food

Do you know how long you can keep eggs in the refrigerator? Or if you should? You may be wasting more than money when it comes to the shelf life of food.
fruits and vegetables
By AmOne
Updated on: November 10th, 2022

fruits and vegetablesA simple, yet sometimes overlooked way of saving money can sit in your refrigerator. Or in the pantry. Perhaps even on the kitchen counter. We’re talking about wasted food. Beyond the money you spend on buying the food and letting it spoil (it happens), there’s the additional cost of food that is kept improperly. No one wants to waste money or to get sick, so we’re sharing an infographic from to help out.

The chart below lists common food items and how long they will keep either on the counter or pantry, in the fridge, or in the freezer (some foods you really don’t want to freeze). The infographic also breaks down the difference between the “sell by,” “use by,” and “expires on” dates.

The estimates on food shelf life come from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as well as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), among other sources.