The Shelf Life of Food

This infographic does a great job at listing some common foods and how long they’ll stay fresh and safe to eat based on different storage methods (including what you might be tempted to freeze but really shouldn’t). There’s stuff at the bottom about the differences between the “sell by,” “use by,” and “expires on” dates you commonly see on packaging at the store.

Don’t forget to trust your nose—if you’ve stored your food properly, you can usually beat most expiration dates and keep your food fresher, longer. For another reference, check out Still Tasty and type in the type of food you’re curious about.