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Is it Still Edible?
A Food Storage Chart

Page Five


Food Refrigerator
37 F or below
Pantry Freezer
0 F or below
Pork
    Chops 2-3 days 2-3 months
    Ground 1-2 days 1-2 months
    Roasts 2-4 days 3-6 months
    Sausage 2-3 days 1-2 months
Potatoes
    White 2-3 months
    Sweet 1-2 weeks
Pudding
    (prepared) 1-2 days
    (dry mix) 12 months
Rice
    Brown 6 months 1 month
    White 2 years
    Flavored or herb 6 months
Salad dressings
    (unopened) 10-12 months
    (opened) 3 months
Shortening (opened) 8 months
Spices & herbs
    Whole spices 1-2 years
    Ground spices 6 months
    Seeds 3-6 months 12 months
    Dried herbs 6 months
    Fresh herbs 3-5 days
    Fresh gingerroot 1 week 3 months
Tea
    Loose leaves 2 years
    Bags 18 months
    Herbal 6-9 months
    Brewed 2-3 days
Tofu (opened) 2-3 days
Vegetable oils
    (unopened) 6-12 months
    (opened) 6 months
    Olive (opened) 4 months
Vegetables
    Fresh
        Asparagus 3-4 days
        Beets 1-2 weeks
        Broccoli 3-5 days
        Brussels sprouts 3-5 days
        Cabbage 1-2 weeks
        Carrots 1-2 weeks
        Cauliflower 3-5 days
        Cucumbers 3-5 days
        Greens 1-2 days
        Sweet corn 1-2 days
        Peppers 3-5 days
    Frozen 8-10 months
Vinegar 2 years
Yogurt 7-10 days

Sources: Ohio State University & Michigan State University Extensions, Food Marketing Institute & Keeping Food Fresh by Janet Bailey (Harper & Row, 1989) & Columbus Dispatch

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