Sunday, July 12, 2009

Food Storage Shelf Life

It seems that one of the hardest parts of food storage, other then finding the money for it, is rotating it.

Of course, the first thing you need to know is when it was purchased. We use a permanent ink pen and write the month and year on the lid or top of the box. Others use fancy dispensing systems that always give you the oldest item first. Whichever system you use, you need to know how long you can keep items before the become unsafe to eat.

Arizona Department of Health Services has a page that lists safe food storage times and temperatures. They list times for shelf, refrigerator, and freezer storage. Their page can be found by clicking here.

The HealthGoods website also lists food storage guidelines for consumers. Their information can be found by clicking here.

I have been having problems finding good non-commercial information on the shelf life for goods that you have canned and stored. The best I have been able to find so far is a small table from BYU's Living Essentials program. This table can be viewed by clicking here.

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