Today’s question comes from a reader.
I thought it would make a great Ask The Readers question since it is probably something that many of you have also been curious about.
How long are canned foods good for once opened? I’ve tried several recipe’s that call for condensed milk and canned pumkin, but do not use the whole can. I hate to throw the remainder away. How long are they good for in the fridge? I put them in a plastic container, label and date them and do not store them in the metal can. My usual is throw items away after a week in the fridge, but some things are good for longer. Do you know or is there a web site that tells us?
I think this is a problem that we have all dealt with. All to often we end up with that half a can, or bowl of something, left in the fridge that we did not use and don’t know how long to save it for.
I agree and I don’t usually store things in the can once opened. I think they pick up the taste of the can and I don’t like it. I usually place whatever is left in a small container and store it in the refrigerator that way.
As far as canned pumpkin goes I usually freeze any that I have left over. I have found that it works fine after frozen in things like pumpkin bread, pumpkin baked oatmeal, and just about any other pumpkin recipe.
Now for the sweetened condensed milk. Here is where I admit that an open can of sweetened condensed milk is a dangerous thing in my house. You see my husband loves it and can eat it by the spoonful. I know, so unhealthy, but he claims it is just too good to leave alone. So, I really have never had much problem getting rid of any leftover sweetened condensed milk. It does not last more than a few days around my house. I am hoping one of you might have a solution for that. Does anyone know if it freezes well? Or have ideas for leftovers?
When it comes to using up food I do find that writing the date that I opened the package on it really helps.
I have also found several websites helpful for deciding how long something is good for. Good Housekeeping has a basic list of items and there is also quite a bit of information on the USDA website.
Another fun and informative website that I found is Eat By Date. There is all kind of things from basics, like milk and cheese to things like how long does any oreo last. I will admit I spent a little too much time looking around this site the other night, but it was fun to read about some of the odd food facts.
Now I would love to hear what tips and websites you have found for knowing how long food is good for?