Saturday, January 25, 2014

Life: How long to keep frozen foods

For some reason, my mother likes to keep foods in my freezer and forgets that it is there.

Summary, toss anything more than a year old, toss anything cooked more than 6 months old, toss any cooked vegetables more than 3 months, and toss any processed meats more than 2 months. This is just a guideline for myself on not thinking twice about throwing away food. This does not mean that the food has not already spoiled within that time period.

Shorten the period of time if there is freezer burn. Discoloring is not a good sign. Bad smell is also not a good sign. Seems like some comments state that you could cut these parts off. I am not a food expert so I take the safe side and just toss it (with a lot of mental pains).

Also included a link on defrosting frozen meats.


Reference
http://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/charts/storagetimes.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/20/freezing-meat_n_1367941.html
http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/ResourcesForYou/HealthEducators/ucm109315.pdf

http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/cooking-tips-techniques/preparation/how-to-quickly-thaw-meat-00000000049864/