Safe Food Storage

Posted on December 26, 2020

by Daphne Bechrakis

Ever find something in your refrigerator or freezer and wonder “Is this still safe to eat?” Unfortunately, food can’t keep forever whether it is raw or cooked. Whether you’re just starting cooking or have been cooking for years, check out these resources to help you determine the proper storage limits for food. 


Cold Food Storage Chart

This resource from gives a handy chart for how long common foods can last when stored in either the fridge or freezer. The chart is printable as a PDF. The website also has guidelines for determining if food is still safe to eat after a power outage and what temperatures to cook various foods. 


Food Storage 

This resource from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln provides charts on how long you can store meat, dairy, vegetables, dry goods, baked goods, and canned/bottled goods. 


Don’t forget to check out the library’s catalog for 100s of cookbooks available for checkout! The library also has eCookbooks on our Libby and Overdrive apps.  

Daphne Bechrakis

Daphne Bechrakis

Daphne is a Public Services Librarian and Harry Potter enthusiast. In her free time, she enjoys reading, adding books to her ever-growing “to-be-read” list, hiking, and watching terrible movies with friends. One of her current life goals is to collect the entirety of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. Her bucket list includes seeing the Aurora Borealis and going to Yellowstone National Park. She is the proud owner of a spider-plant named Skullcrusher III, first of its kind, which she has somehow managed not to kill yet.
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