I read these articles today on MSNBC and thought some of you might be interested. We have a quote in our family for when food a food item has been in the fridge to long: "There's shrimp, but they're off". It 's one of those quotes from a real situation that has been adopted as part of our common vernacular. I try to keep up with the food in our fridge, freezer, and pantry, but life moves fast and it's easy to loose track. The masking tape and marker idea from the first article is a great one that I use. It works wonders. However, if something isn't labeled, or you don't remember when you bought or made it, just remember the title of the first article:
"when in doubt, throw it out."
When in Doubt, Throw it Out
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