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Help Cut Your Food Waste: Handy Graphic Shows the Shelf Life of Food

Adele Peters

Wondering if something you just discovered in the back of the fridge is still safe to eat? This chart shows how long typical foods last on the shelf, fridge, and freezer. It's especially helpful considering that most expiration dates found on food don't refer to safety (just because something says "use by" or even "expires on" a certain date doesn't mean you actually have to throw it out, surprisingly). Since more than half of all food grown ends up in the trash, this could be a useful tool.

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