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What's in your fridge?

Why is it that food almost always includes a best by/expiration date, but rarely includes information about how long it will stay fresh after opening? Sure, conditions may vary that will alter it, but temperature and moisture would alter the dates already on there as well.
Most people assume that since the expiration date hasn't passed, the food is still good... but that isn't the case. Not even close-- once the item is opened, the clock starts ticking; after a few short days, your leftovers can quickly turn into a recipe for food poisoning.

While doing my post-trip fridge clean-out, I stumbled upon this handy site that combines a bunch of sources and makes it easy to check by item. I previously used a few different grids, supplemented by one-off searches for missing items, but this seems to have most foods accounted for, even the barrel of cheese puffs you have been munching while gaming (don't worry, they last more than the few hours it takes you to down them).
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+Rory Swan Last night I went to the grocery store since the only things that made it past the clean-up were some soy sauce, jelly, water, dried fruit, and applesauce. I, too, eat pretty much all day, but I imagine smaller quantities than you!
That's a handy site. It's a little conservative for me, but it's a helpful guide to things I'm always wondering about [is this steak still good?]. It's usually not an issue for us: because we basically only eat fresh food, and buy groceries every 3-4 days, nothing lasts long enough to go bad, but sometimes we end up with an extra dinner serving of meats or whatever, and...
+Earl Hollar That's the best way to do it-- shop every few days, eat what you buy, eat fresh. Very much the opposite of the way a lot of people in the US eat, and I wish more people would embrace it. The site is definitely conservative, but I use those dates as guidelines for when to really pay attention to signs of declined quality since it isn't always as obvious as big green mold.
I agree, thanks for taking it.

Though I'm due for a more summery version, so let me know if you're back in NY anytime soon.
+Robert Francis I am an hour outside the city, so I will surely be in (o: You are very welcome, and I would be happy to get you with more summery tones!
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