Whether you are a mom who cooks for many, a bachelor who cooks on rare
occasions for himself, or a new college student who for the first time
or her own refrigerator, you will eventually all open the fridge one
say to yourself "Can I eat this or will it kill me?"
Well, here are some guidelines to help you get through the crisis, so
know what to eat and what to toss.
THE GAG TEST
Anything that make you gag is spoiled (except for leftovers from what
cooked for yourself last night).
When something starts pecking its way out of the shell, the egg is
probably past its prime.
- Milk is spoiled when it starts to look like yogurt.
- Yogurt is spoiled
starts to look like cottage cheese.
- Cottage cheese is spoiled when it
to look like regular cheese.
- Regular cheese is nothing but spoiled
anyway and can't get any more spoiled than it is already.
spoiled when you think it is blue cheese but you realize you've never
purchased that kind.
If it makes you violently ill after you eat it, the mayonnaise is
Frozen foods that have become an integral part of the defrosting
your freezer compartment will probably be spoiled - (or wrecked
anyway) by the
time you pry them out with a kitchen knife.
This is NOT a marketing ploy to encourage you to throw away perfectly
food so that you'll spend more on groceries. Perhaps you'd benefit by
a calendar in your kitchen.
If opening the refrigerator door causes stray animals from a
radius to congregate outside your house, the meat is spoiled.
Sesame seeds and poppy seeds are the only officially acceptable
should be seen on the surface of any loaf of bread. Fuzzy and hairy
white or green growth areas are a good indication that your bread has
into a pharmaceutical laboratory experiment.
Flour is spoiled when it wiggles.
Bibb lettuce is spoiled when you can't get it off the bottom of the
crisper without Comet. Romaine lettuce is spoiled when it turns to
(we didn't think you needed guidance with this one).
Any canned goods that have become the size or shape of a softball
disposed of. Carefully.
A carrot that you can tie in a clove hitch is not fresh.
Raisins should not be harder than your teeth.
If it looks like it is ready for planting, toss it.
If you can take it out of its container and bounce it on the floor, it
Putting empty containers back into the refrigerator is an old trick,
only works if you live with someone or have a maid.
You know it is beyond prime when you're tempted to discard the
along with the food. Generally speaking, Tupperware containers should
burp when you open them.
GENERAL RULE OF THUMB
Most food cannot be kept for longer than the average life span of a
Keep a hamster in or nearby your refrigerator to gauge this.