Friday, June 12, 2009

Shelf life...

If leftovers have reached the point where you have to ask me to smell them to determine if they are still usable, I probably won't be eating them! I tend to rotate the fridge items so that the oldest items are near the front, so they are used first before they expire.

A few of my favorite links:

Edited to add: Home Food Safety (thanks, danae!) There's two great printouts at the top right hand side to hang on your fridge or freezer.

And don't forget cosmetics! I generally try to sort through my makeup 3-4 times a year. Ideally, I should be doing it once a season. Creamy or liquid products have a shorter shelf life than powders once they are opened.

For lotions and such, I prefer pump dispensers or squeeze containers than dipping my fingers into a jar. Not only does it reduce the bacteria introduced to the remaining lotion, but it cuts down on the oxygen exposure.


  1. This is a really good link about food safety that has a good list of expiration dates.

    The top two left handside boxes - left overs and also refrigerator and freezer are good ones to hang on the fridge.

  2. Ooooh! I love that link- especially the 2 printouts to hang on your fridge! I'll add that link to the post so no one misses it.



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