EGGS: 3-5 WEEKS: Eggs can be kept in the fridge for up to three to five weeks as long as they are still uncooked and in their shell. But if you decide to boil them and don’t get around to eating them straight away, you’ll want to bin them after a week (if you can put up with the smell for that long!).
MAYONNAISE: 2 MONTHS: Surprisingly, mayonnaise doesn’t have much of a shelf life either, and should only be kept for two months if it’s stored in the pantry or three months in the fridge. Due to its egg and vinegar content, it’s likely to start developing an off odor and alter in appearance after this.
TOMATO KETCHUP: 1 MONTH: That’s right – one of the world’s most used condiments should only be kept for one month in the cupboard in order to retain its flavor and texture. Otherwise, you can store it in the fridge for six months. But if you only use it every so often, it’s recommended to buy a smaller portion and make your way through it quicker to avoid a nasty acidic taste.
CHOCOLATE BARS: 12 MONTHS: If you’ve been hoarding old Easter eggs or boxes of chocolates for longer than a year, it’s time to throw them away. Packaged chocolate candy bars will start to deteriorate after 12 months in the pantry, fridge or freezer, so treat yourself to a binge if your cupboards have been full of candy for a bit too long!
PEANUT BUTTER: 3-4 MONTHS: If you love peanut butter, the chances are it won’t last longer than a couple of weeks. But, be sure to use it up sooner rather than later as it’s no good after about three to four months in the fridge.
BBQ SAUCE: 1 MONTH: BBQ sauce is just as vulnerable as ketchup, and will only retain its best quality for about a month, so be sure to keep it in the fridge and not leave it hanging around for too long.
BANANAS: 2-5 DAYS: The shelf life of bananas is usually quite obvious as the skin will rapidly change color when it becomes inedible. But typically, bananas will last for around two to five days, or until they are ripe. Keep them in the fridge and they’ll last for up to seven days.
SAUSAGES: 1-2 DAYS: Sausages are great once they’re cooked, but they really don’t have much of a shelf-life before that. One to two days is the longest you should keep uncooked sausages in the fridge to avoid any unnecessary illness, but they’ll be fine after two months in the freezer.
MILK: 1 WEEK LONGER THAN SELL-BY DATE: Milk will often last one week longer than its sell-by date, or three months in the freezer. But to maximize shelf-life, you should try to keep milk in the main body of the fridge, rather than in the door to avoid the temperature being too warm.
BUTTER: 1 MONTH AFTER SELL-BY DATE: If it’s continuously refrigerated, butter will usually keep for about one month after this date, but be sure to keep it in the same main body as milk if you want to keep it fresh.
CHICKEN: 1-2 DAYS: Chicken is probably the food we all worry about the most, and it’s obviously important we know exactly what is safe and what isn’t. But before we even think about cooking it, we should always be aware that raw chicken will only last for one to two days in the fridge. Stick it in the freezer and you’ve got it for nine months, or cook it, and you can keep it in the fridge for three to four days.
CHILI PEPPER: 3 MONTHS: Like most herbs and spices, chili pepper is only good for about three months before it starts to lose its flavor and dry up, so use it as soon as you can to get the most out of its heat!
APPLES: 1-3 DAYS: How long you can keep apples for very much depends on how you store them. To keep them fresher for longer, pop them in the fridge. When kept cool, they can last for three to four weeks, but kept at room temperature they’ll only last for one to three days.
SWEET POTATOES: 5-7 DAYS: You can keep sweet potatoes at room temperature for 5-7 days, but the best way to store them is in the fridge where they’ll last slightly longer and retain their freshness… and they’ll obviously still taste great.
CARROTS: 3-4 WEEKS: Carrots, however, are one type of veg that will last for much longer. Typically, if you keep carrots in the pantry, they’ll still be just as fresh and crunchy for up to four weeks, but freeze them and they’ll be safe to eat for up to 18 months.
HONEY: INDEFINITELY: Honey is one of the only food types that will keep indefinitely. This was proven when archaeologists discovered ancient honey in the Egyptian pyramids, and it was still entirely edible. It will crystallize over time, but all it takes is a little heat and it will melt back to the right consistency.
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