The Food Keeper
I rot so much food in the fridge. I am hoping this brochure will help me save some money on my arctic compost.
From the Food Marketing Institute:
The Food Keeper contains valuable storage advice to help you maintain the freshness and quality of foods. Some foods deteriorate quickly, while the quality of other items may last longer than expected. This is why the storage times listed are intended as useful guidelines, not hard and fast rules.
Remember to buy foods in reasonable quantities and rotate them in your pantry, refrigerator and freezer.
Supermarkets stock an amazing array of fresh, frozen and prepared foods. After selecting these perishable food items, it’s up to you to take care of them properly. The Food Keeper is designed to help you shop for groceries and handle food products carefully, and safely, from the store to the table.
- Begin your grocery shopping by selecting shelf-stable items such as canned goods, chips and soft drinks. Make sure the containers are intact. Cans should not be bulging, leaking or dented on the seam or rim. Lids must be secure. Plastic or paper packaging shouldn’t be torn.
- Select refrigerated and frozen foods and hot deli items last – right before checkout.
- Don’t choose meat, fish, poultry or dairy products that feel warm to the touch or have a damaged or torn package. If a package begins to leak, wrap it in plastic bags.
- Choose only pasteurized dairy products and refrigerated eggs that are not cracked or dirty.
- Check “sell-by” and “use-by” dates on packages.
Once you purchase food, take it directly home. If this is not possible, keep a cooler in the car to transport cold perishable items. Immediately put perishables into the refrigerator or freezer.