Fresh Food Storage Guidelines

Ensure the tastiest, healthiest food possible with this food storage guide. The shelf life of popular meat, fresh produce, bread and dairy foods are all detailed, along with tips for prolonging freshness.

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Breads and Cereals

Time: French bread or baguettes, 1 day ; sliced sandwich bread, 5–7 days; rye or artisan breads, 2–3 days
Temperature: Room temperature
Packaging and Tips: Store sliced breads in original packaging or plastic food storage bag. Bread may be stored in the refrigerator for longer shelf life, but will become stale and dry more quickly.

Time: cold cereal (opened), up to 2 months; cold cereal (unopened), up to 18 months; oatmeal (rolled oats), up to 3 months
Temperature: Room temperature
Packaging and Tips: “Decant” opened boxes of cereal from original packaging into airtight storage containers for longest shelf life. Keep rolled oats in an airtight container to guard against moisture and insects.

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Excerpted from Houseworks, by Cynthia Townley Ewer

Text Copyright © 2006, 2010, Cynthia Townley Ewer, extracts from Houseworks, reproduced with permission from Dorling Kindersley Limited

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