An area even more neglected than the refrigerator is the freezer. We mean well when we throw leftovers and store-bought packages in the freezer to enjoy as a quick supper on a busy night. But have you looked in your freezer lately? Can you even recognize what is in the bags?
Freezing is an easy method of preserving your food for future meals, but it does not make food last indefinitely. It is suggested that you clean out your freezer monthly, if possible. There are recommendations for different types of foods and the best timeframes at Foodsafety.gov. Let’s look at six items in particular that should be cleaned out.
6. Forgotten Freezer Meals
Whether they’re store-bought or prepared by you in your kitchen, plan ahead by labeling and dating your containers. Then move each package around so the oldest date is in the front. Anything that is older than three months should be tossed.
5. Leftovers and Opened Packages
Most of these leftover types of foods, such as an opened bag of hot dogs, deli meat or leftover stew, should not be kept for more than one to two months. So, if you find a old bag and you have no idea how long it’s been there or even what it is…throw it out!