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How long will your food actually last before it goes bad? Here’s everything you need to know

Ever reach w-a-a-a-y back in your fridge, pull out a plastic-wrapped package of meat, and ask yourself, “Hmm — I wonder if these pork chops are still good?” That’s not a question you want to answer incorrectly. Well, just to keep you and your family safe and nausea-free, I found a handy chart that tells you just how long stuff will keep in your refrigerator, freezer, or pantry. (BTW you can keep those uncooked pork chops for 3-5 days before you need to worry.)

I was surprised to learn that uncooked lasagna noodles are okay to eat after 3 years on the pantry shelf (I’m a little skeptical of that one.) An opened jar of peanut butter is good for 3 months, whether you keep in in the fridge or in the cupboard — it really doesn’t matter. Honey stays good forever. And you can keep uncooked chicken in your freezer for 9 months. (Seriously? Do you want to eat chicken that you stuck in the freezer around last Thanksgiving? I guess it’s okay, but . . . not sure I want to try that.)

You can check out the whole handy chart here. Maybe even print it and stick it on the door of the fridge. Bon appetit!

About John Fisher

John is a Midwest native who started his Northwest radio career in 1992 after moving to Seattle from Chicago. He’s an avid cyclist, painter, traveler, foodie, and dog lover (Hazel and Gizmo, both shelter dogs.) He’s worked with various animal organizations including PAWS, Seattle Humane Society and Seattle Animal Shelter. John got a late start on fatherhood – he and his wife have a 5-year-old son named Dawson who already has a crush on Katy Perry.