Don’t Throw that Food Out Just Yet!
Don’t Throw that Food Out Just Yet!

It is estimated that each American wastes more than 20 pounds of food every month by throwing it away in the trash because we think it might be bad.  This results in about 115 billion dollars worth of good food thrown away each year!  And this is just at the consumer level.

Most of these food items fall under these three categories, Meat, Poultry and Fish.  The USDA Meat and Poultry hotline would never advice you to eat any kind of unsafe food but they are keen on making you understand what is safe and what is unsafe.

Check out these tips on how to save money by knowing when food is safe provided by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Services:

Canned Foods:

Peak quality on the food contained inside cans are indicated by dates.  So you don’t have to automatically chuck out that expired can of food, if you follow these important steps.   You can safely keep commercially canned foods longer than their dates as long as they are low acid foods such as canned meats, poultry, fish, soups, carrots, corn, peas and potatoes.  These types of foods can be stored between 2 and 5 years.  Nigh acid foods on the other hand such as canned juices, pickles, fruits, tomato soup, tomatoes and sauerkraut scan be stored between 12 and 18 months

Dried foods:

Due to their very low moisture content and proper heat processing dried foods such as beef jerky hold up very well against time.  Other foods that are considered dried goods include bouillon cubes, gravy mixes, pastas, rice and flour.  All these items have incredible shelf life and are less prone to spoilage

Frozen foods: 

Foods that have been properly frozen and maintained properly frozen are safe to use.  All frozen foods are safe forever because bacteria and other pathogens cannot grow in food that’s frozen at zero degrees or below.  The reason frozen foods contain dates is more to let you know about the quality of the food.  All food held long enough will lose texture taste and appearance.

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