That bacon you opened last weekend won’t stay fresh in your fridge forever.
In fact, there are some guidelines for how long you should keep food and drinks before they go bad.
First, make sure your refrigerator is set at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below, which is the temperature recommended by the USDA.
If the label has a “sell by” date, consume the food item accordingly.
It’s worth noting, though, that a label’s “sell by” date only indicates when the product will be of “optimal quality,” according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. You can probably still safely eat something that’s just past its expiration date.
We consulted StillTasty, an online guide to shelf life, to create a list of common fridge items and their lifespan. StillTasty uses government sources like the USDA, the FDA, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in addition to food manufacturers.
Here’s how long your favourite foods can survive in your fridge after you open them.