Left pizza out overnight? Know how to defrost a whole fish? And what of the age-old question: are those eggs ok 2 weeks past the use-by date? Get the answers to a plethora of questions about how long foods last and the best way to store them for max tastiness at StillTasty.com.
There I was, very late at night with a unwavering craving for an omelet. But the use-by date on my big Costco carton of eggs, which I can rarely finish off, said I was supposed to use those eggs a couple of weeks ago. Crap. I’m not going to a store this late, not calling Mom, don’t want to risk food poisoning, but damn it, I demand a western omelet! So I stumbled to the computer and stumbled upon StillTasty.com. And thus was egg enlightenment showered upon me. And the omelet craving deliciously vanquished.
StillTasty.com ultimate food life guide video
Eat the chicken before the egg?
Yep, a few minutes spent on StillTasty could rescue you during a “keep or toss?” moment in front of the refrigerator. The “ultimate shelf life guide,” created by a Canadian mother-daughter duo who both have experience in consumer affairs, includes a database of food storage times based on official recommendations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, among other government agencies.
Interesting tidbits: Bread stored in the refrigerator will go stale faster than bread stored on the counter; do not rinse raw chicken before cooking; and an opened bottle of white wine will keep in the refrigerator for only three to five days.
In addition to preventing illness, information from the site could save people some money. For instance, an article decoding the difference between “use by,” “best by” and “sell by” dates reveals that the date stamped on egg packages is usually used as a guide for stores rather than for consumers. Raw eggs maintain their best quality for about three to five weeks after purchase, assuming continuous refrigeration, so there’s no need to buy a fresh dozen on the “sell by” date at all.
No one likes letting food go to waste, which is why you’ll love Still Tasty (which also has a mobile app) Billed as “the ultimate shelf-life guide,” and it more than delivers on that promise.
Search for any food to find out how long it will last in the pantry, fridge, or freezer, the best temperature at which to store it, any recommended storage containers, and ways to prep items before storing them to further extend their shelf life.
The site also answers some of life’s eternal conundrums, including “How long can you keep opened mustard and ketchup in the fridge?” and “Can you freeze cheese?”