Heloise lists how long to keep refrigerator foods

Dear Heloise: What is the storage time in a refrigerator for common everyday foods? — Diane M., Madison, N.J.

Butter: In the refrigerator, one to two weeks; frozen, nine months.

Cheeses: Opened cream cheese, two weeks; cottage cheese, 10 to 30 days; opened Swiss, brick, processed cheese, three to four weeks.

Chicken: Refrigerate two to three days; freeze for nine to 12 months. Chicken livers will keep one to two days in the refrigerator, three months frozen.

Ketchup: Unopened, 12 months on the shelf; refrigerate after opening.

Mayonnaise: Salad dressing unopened on the shelf, two to three months; in the refrigerator after opening, six to eight weeks.

Pork: Fresh, three to five days in the refrigerator for chops, one to two days for ground; three to five days for roasts. — Heloise


Dear Heloise: Here is a warning for your readers: Do not leave the house when your dishwasher is running. This is also true for your washer and dryer. I started a load of dishes in my dishwasher and then made a quick run to the deli. When I got home a few minutes later, there was a fire in my kitchen, which started in the dishwasher! Thankfully, the damage was limited to one area of the kitchen. — Ellen R., Eugene, Ore.

(Heloise is a columnist for King Features Syndicate. Send a hint to P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or E-Mail: Heloise@Heloise.com.)


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