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To Eat or Not to Eat?

"Are you going to eat that?"  "You’re not throwing that out are you?"

Certain members of my family (my parents and my in-laws) hate to throw away food.  Conversely, my wife and I hate to keep food for more than a few days.  This difference in mindset often results in vigorous debate about whether or not something that has been in the fridge for a while is still safe to eat.  Generally we weigh in on the "Gross! throw that away before you develop some horrible salmonella related ailment that kills you," while the parents fall back on "your generation is so wasteful and this food is perfectly fine."

I’m not gonna lie, this debate can get pretty ugly.  Feelings tend to get bruised just like old apples – which I would throw out for the record.

Finally there is a mediator in this great debate of freshness versus frugality.  http://stilltasty.com

This site tells you exactly how long food will keep in the fridge and in the freezer.  You can bet that I am going to have this site bookmarked in my blackberry and ready to serve as the impartial judge and jury for various food items. 

Leftover pizza, salami, milk, frozen dinners – all listed in easy to understand detail. 

Thanks to StillTasty.  At last the great leftover debate can finally be peacefully resolved.  The Sunday after Thanksgiving, the 8th of July, and December 29th, will all be made safer, more frugal, and much happier thanks to you.  

StillTasty: Your Ultimate Shelf Life Guide – Save Money, Eat Better, Help The Environment