If you get to the point where you’re wondering if a food’s still good, it’s probably not, says Martin Bucknavage, senior food safety extension associate at Penn State University. Still, you may have some wiggle room. Here’s when to eat–and when to toss–10 popular foods.
1. Frozen Chicken: Bought a ton of chicken on sale? Store it in a freezer bag and keep it in a single layer so it gets rock-hard quickly. Make sure to squeeze out as much air as possible to prevent freezer burn, and use it all within a month or two. You can technically keep chicken in your freezer for up to 6 months, but the longer it’s frozen, the more its taste and texture degrades.
2. Raw Chicken: It generally keeps 1 to 2 days in the fridge, but follow the expiration date listed on the package (and don’t push it). If you know you won’t eat it in that time, freeze it.
Written by Jessica Girdwain, Men’s Health
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