View Full Version : Shelf-life of foods
Jan 17th, 2011, 10:53 PM
I found all kinds of random crap in our chest freezer (trying to clean up). including:
Factory frozen shrimp, chicken strips, pizza,
I found this site:
But it seems to be for food that's frozen from cooked state.
Just wondering if I'm supposed to trash most of what's in the freezer.
Any good reliable guidelines?
Jan 18th, 2011, 01:25 PM
Factory frozen pizzas, chicken strips and shrimp sometimes have best before dates even though they dont require one. Its usually a little more than a year from production.
Jan 18th, 2011, 03:33 PM
I'd imagine much of the frozen food is still safe to eat, however you'll throw them out anyway because they've lost a lot of moisture and flavour (freezer burn).
Jan 18th, 2011, 09:41 PM
Once it hasn't been thawed and still tightly sealed,I usually use most frozen foods like what you listed. The taste may change a bit as in the shrimp but often it's one of freezer burn and not one of expiration. I make sure to consume it within a short space of time after cooking though.
Most things I find are good past it's expiration date especially if it is unopened. I imagine the expiration dates are mandatory and legal/liability requirements and manufacturers seem quite prudent in their configurations/calculations.
Jan 18th, 2011, 09:59 PM
I have often eaten many foods after the expiration date. In fact, I use that date as a eaten 'best before date'.
However, I did see a TV show where there did an expose on a popular grocery store in the USA where they would repackage the items in the meat counter as pass them off as fresher than they were under a hidden camera.
Does make you wonder.