A Guide to Expired Food

a guide to expired food

Nothing is more irritating then planning a savory meal for yourself and realizing your food is expired. The amount of food that goes to waste because a little stamp tells us it’s no longer edible. What you probably didn’t know is that a lot of our foods don’t actually expire on the day of the stamp.

The first thing you need to know about expired foods is the difference between “Best Before”, “Sell By” and “Use By” stamps on your food. Best before is an indicator of the food’s look and taste but not necessarily the safety of the food. Sell by is mainly used for retail stores to indicate whether or not the food is going to look presentable to the consumer. It does not have anything to do with the safety of the food. Use by is generally the strongest indicator as to when your food goes bad and is generally interchangeable with the expiration date.

In reality, most foods won’t actually expire on the exact date that the packaging indicates. Now that you know the true meaning behind the dates on your food packaging, we have the approximate timeline for your favorite foods.

a guide to expired food

1. Apples: 2-4 weeks, 1-2 months in the fridge.

2. Cherries: 2-4 days, 5-10 in the fridge.

3. Carrots: 4-5 weeks in the fridge.

4. Peaches: Until ripe or 3-5 days in the fridge.

5. Broccoli: 7-14 days in the fridge.


a guide to expired food

6. Plums: Until ripe or 5 days in the fridge.

7. Grapes: 3-5 days, 7-10 in the fridge.

8. Strawberries: 1-2 counter, 5-7 in the fridge.

9. Bananas: when rips 2-7 days, 2-9 in the fridge.

10. Oranges: 2-3 weeks, 1-2 months in the fridge.

guide to expired food

11. Cucumber: 1 week in the fridge.

12. Lettuce: 7-10 days in the fridge.

13. Potatoes: 3-5 weeks, 3-4 months in the fridge.

14. Tomatoes: 5-7 days, 2 weeks in the fridge. Note: The best place to keep tomatoes is in a dark spot rather than the fridge.

15. Green Beans: 1 week in the fridge.

a guide to expired food

16. Eggs: 3-4 weeks in the fridge.

17. Milk: depending on when you buy it, milk lasts about 7-10 days in the fridge.

18. Chicken: 1-2 days in the fridge, 1 year in the freezer.

19. Beef: 1-2 days, 6-8 months in the fridge.

20. Fish: 1-2 days, 6-9 months in the fridge.

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21. Yogurt: 2-3 weeks in the fridge.

22. Pork: 1-2 days, 6-8 months in the fridge.

23. Juice: depending on type (bottled, canned, etc) 7-10 days to 2-3 months in the fridge.

24. Cheese: 1-3 months in the fridge.

25. Bread (packaged): 7-14 days in the fridge.

How long do you keep your foods?

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2 COMMENTS

  1. ahhh don’t put tomatoes in the fridge — you guys have it in another article about things not to put in the fridge.

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