I would like to do some weekend cooking to make things easier and faster during the week. How long would things stay fresh? I'm not asking how long do they last (how quickly eaten) in your house. I'm talking shelf life. For example:
What could be cooked and then frozen for easy warm up and incorporation into different meals during the week.
I should add that these things will be cooked not raw. How long would they last cooked??
I think this will help you. It answers all your questions. It's the FDA refrigerator and freezer storage chart. They are very conservative, for obvious reasons, but it will give you a good general idea.
I routinely eat cooked ground beef and boiled eggs that had been stored in the refrigerator for up to a week after cooking. Not much real basis for this time frame, but it hasn't made me sick yet. The boiled egg yolks seem to get a little hard/dried-out so I prefer to go through those sooner if possible.
What about the beef broth that I put up and then ignored for who knows how long? I was gonna do a roast with it, should I make a new batch instead? I love the soup bone meat and gooey cartilage and marrow and stuff, but then the broth just sits in the fridge. Can I freeze it next time?
I can keep most cooked veggies, seafood, and meat about a 5-7 in the fridge provided it is salted and spiced decently since these tend to preserve food better. Examples would be ground taco meat, chili, Thai coconut curries, etc. Boiled eggs unshelled I keep in the fridge up to a week (so do my parents). I don't know if it's better shelled or unshelled.
Uncured deli meats and bacon once opened from the package I use within 2 days.
Anything with heavy cream like cream of broccoli, lasts about 3-5 days in the fridge.
I will marinate raw meat/shrimp/fish for 1-3 days before cooking with salt and spices if I don't have time to cook it right away.
Salads with lettuce, tomatoes, onion, cucumbers I use up within 2-days. Homemade guacamole/tuna salad/egg salad I finish same day, and storebought in 2 days.
Freezer food can be eaten as long as there isn't freezer burn!
Grass-fed dairy I do not use after "Use by date." Once opened, milk, heavy cream, and yogurt is consumed in 5 days.
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