I Can Keep My Food How Long?

Food Facts you should know
Mayonnaise doesn’t have much of a shelf life and should only be kept for two months if it’s stored in the pantry or three months in the fridge. Due to its egg and vinegar content, it’s likely to start developing an off odor and alter in appearance after this.

Tomato sauce one of the world’s most used condiments should only be kept for one month in the cupboard in order to retain its flavor and texture. Otherwise, you can store it in the fridge for six months. But if you only use it every so often, it’s recommended to buy a smaller portion and make your way through it quicker to avoid a nasty acidic taste.

Canned soup Some of us like to hoard canned soup in our pantry for cold winter days, sick days, or for just for rations. But little do we know, those tins of tomato, mushroom or chicken soup don’t stay fresh forever. They have a shelf life of up to five years, but start to deteriorate after two.

Canned tomatoes can sit comfortably next to canned soup for ages. While we might go through them quickly, we also have a habit of hoarding them, especially as they’re so cheap. But after 18 months, they are likely to have lost a lot of flavor and freshness, so try not to hoard them for too long.

Chocolate If you’ve hoarding old Easter eggs or boxes of chocolates for longer than a year, it’s time to throw them away. Packaged chocolate candy bars will start to deteriorate after 12 months in the pantry, fridge or freezer, so treat yourself to a chocolate binge if you have stored candy for a bit too long.

Peanut butter If you love peanut butter, the chances are it won’t last longer than a couple of weeks. But, be sure to use it up sooner rather than later, it starts going bad after about three or four months.

Eggs can be kept in the fridge for up to three to five weeks uncooked and in their shell. But if you decide to boil them and don’t get around to eating them straight away, you’ll want to bin them after a week.

Sausages are great once they’re cooked, but they really don’t have much of a shelf-life before that. One to two days is the longest you should keep uncooked sausages in the fridge to avoid any unnecessary illness, but they’ll be fine after two months in the freezer.

Pepper You probably don’t ever think about how long our black pepper has been in the cupboards, but it’s best to keep it no longer than three years in a cool, dark place in order to retain its flavor.

Parmesan Like most cheese, if it’s stored properly, parmesan cheese can last longer than its use by date on the package. But you’ll have to be sure to keep it in tight packaging in the fridge to avoid any nasty smells when you open the fridge door.

Chicken is probably the food we all worry about the most, and it’s obviously important we know exactly what is safe and what isn’t. But before we even think about cooking it, we should always be aware that raw chicken will only last for one to two days in the fridge. Stick it in the freezer and you’ve got it for nine months, or cook it, and you can keep it in the fridge for three to four days.

Takeout food Along with chicken, takeout food is a bit dubious, and we’re never quite sure how long it’s safe to keep it for. To be on the safe side, takeout should only be kept in the fridge for no more than about three days, or freeze it and keep it for up to four months.

Chili powder(herbs and spices) Like most herbs and spices, chili powder is only good for about three months before it starts to lose its flavor and dry up, so use it as soon as you can to get the most out of your spices.

Honey is one of the only food types that will keep indefinitely. This was proven when archaeologists discovered ancient honey in the Egyptian pyramids, and it was still entirely edible. It will crystalize over time, but all it takes is a little heat and it will melt back to the right consistency.

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