Let's face it – you are now in full cleaning mode as it is a new year.
, It is time to wipe the house and make room in your fridge to make room for healthier foods.
That means throwing away the rest of the cheesecake you've been holding on to since New Years Eve, checking if the milk still smells of milk, and throwing the suspicious container of whatever it was. Fortunately, we have tips on how to know that it's time to throw certain foods on the side of the road.
For example, you are probably careful about the eggs that were in your refrigerator with the expiration date of October. But did you know you can do an egg test to see if they're still okay to eat? Read on for more tips on how to tell if your food is edible or if it's time to say goodbye.
They are leftovers – and they survived their greeting.
If you have leftovers in your refrigerator for more than four days, it's time to throw them away for safety reasons. The Mayo Clinic says that after four days, the risk of harmful bacteria increases. Nobody needs food poisoning if they reach New Year's goals.
However, if your leftovers haven't been there long enough and they are tightly packed in a substantial amount, such as a quart of soup, you can safely freeze them for later – make sure it's not too late.
If it is moldy, it has to go
This is an obvious one. If anything in your fridge infects mold, you need to get rid of it – yes, this includes cheese and fruit. There are exceptions: for example, if you have raspberries, only a few of which are moldy, you can still eat those that are not as long as you rinse and examine them thoroughly.
You can also cut off the moldy parts of the hard cheese if there is enough to save them, but make sure you cut out a margin so deep that the molds are gone. Clean the knife between cuts to prevent spores from spreading.
It smells rotten
If you have opened food such as sausage or sausage in the refrigerator, you should probably throw it away after four days. Cooking them in a new dish could extend their lives, but longer, and they tend to give off a foul smell, indicating that they have gone bad.
It has a slimy consistency.
Your food should never be slimy – this applies to meat, vegetables and salads, especially packaged vegetables. Delicatessen is a repeat offender here. The mucus is due to bacteria that take over the food. If you open the packaging and find that the food has a slimy film, throw it immediately into the compost.
Perform the egg test.
If you have eggs with an expiration date that is well over a month ago, you can easily determine whether they are still good to eat without breaking them open.
You have to fill a deep bowl with water and put one egg in each bowl. If the egg falls directly on the floor, it is still very fresh. If it falls on the floor but is standing, it is still good to eat, but you should eat it sooner rather than later. If it swims, it's time to throw it away and buy new eggs.
If they stand, you should probably use them before they go bad. Check out these egg recipes for dishes you can prepare for dinner and brunch.
Pantry items you should now throw away
- Canned food with many or deep bumps: If you find that your canned food has a deep bump, especially on the side, avoid it. Small dents on the metal band at the top or bottom of the can can be attributed to superficial transport or storage damage. Deeper depression, however, fears that the food inside may be affected by botulism, which, according to the CDC, is a serious illness caused by a poison that attacks the nerves of the body.
- Potatoes that smell bad: If your potato sprouts, it is still good to eat. But if it smells anything other than earthy, it's probably gone bad. Also look for potatoes that are leaking – this means they rot.
- Moldy Bread: If your bread is moldy, don't try to keep it. Just throw it out.
Now that you've cleared your fridge, it's time to move on to the pantry and other areas of the house. Here you can find outand .
Originally published January 19, 2019.