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Guide to Leftovers and Food Storage

The Ultimate Food-Storage Guide

A handbook with all you need to know to keep the stuff in your refrigerator, freezer, and pantry in peak condition.

By Elizabeth Passarella
Glass jars of olives and condimentsJamie Chung   

Real Simple consulted the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), food scientists, food manufacturers, and a host of other experts—including fishmongers, cheese sellers, coffee roasters, bakers, and bartenders—to establish these storage guidelines. The first consideration was safety. But because you want your food to be delicious, too, for some products, Real Simple chose the conservative storage time for optimum freshness.


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