How to tell when food has gone bad

One way to save money is to not throw food in the garbage. Adjusted to our 2008 economy, an average family of four tosses out $1,039 annually, regardless of income, ethnicity, education, and other socio-economic factors.

On the other hand, we are all concerned about food safety. No one wants to get sick. The International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation has created a series of videos to help you determine when food has gone bad and is no longer safe to eat. The short videos (less than 5 minutes each) feature Christine Bruhn, PhD, Director of the Center for Food Safety Research at the University of California, Davis, CA. 

How to tell if your food has gone bad
Food safety basics
How to tell if your bread has gone bad
How to tell if your lunch meats have gone bad
How to tell if your dairy products have gone bad
How to tell if your leftovers have gone bad
How to tell if your fruits and vegetables have gone bad
How to tell if your frozen foods have gone bad
How to tell if your pantry foods have gone bad
How to properly wash your produce
How to properly store your food in the fridge

-pointers by Peggy

16 thoughts on “How to tell when food has gone bad

  1. We had a discussion last night at a meeting regarding the ‘green bags’ consumers can purchase to keep food longer. The question can up — do they really work?
    What do we know about these bags??

  2. I’ve found that if I store food in see through containers so I can tell what’s in it, I’m more likely to use it before it goes bad. No kidding. It makes for a transparent landscape… the leftovers can run, but they can’t hide!

  3. Hello!
    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language 😉
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

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  5. Wow that was strange. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Regardless, just wanted to say superb blog!

  6. lol nice post mate im a bit late to replying but ive recently learnt there is a difference between “best by” and “best used by” the first one is that you can still eat it after the recommended date and best used by is you cant eat after the recommended date.

  7. We always tend to have left-over food and ingredients, the trick is to find recipes where you can put them to use before they ‘go off’, there’s loads of recipes out there. Cook something up, freeze it and store it for future consumption.

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