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Guide to Leftovers and Food Storage

Learn how to make food and leftovers last longer—and find out when you should toss them.

Protect Leftovers

How to Wrap Food for Freezing
Follow these tips for keeping meat, bread, and fruit fresh in the freezer.

Wrapping Food: Foil vs. Plastic
When it comes to protecting leftovers, should you cover them in aluminum foil or plastic wrap? The answer depends on the food and how you'll reheat it.

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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.
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A Guide to Expiration Dates

How long are canned, frozen, and leftover foods safe to eat? This expiration date guide answers all your questions.
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How to Store Food in the Refrigerator

Decay, mold, and odors can spread among foods in the refrigerator. Follow these tips to keep foods―including leftovers―fresher longer and reduce the risk of contamination.
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The Best Way to Store Herbs

Different herbs demand different storage techniques.
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Freezer Smarts

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How Long Can You Freeze Food For?
An at-a-glance guide for your favorite foods.

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You Can Freeze That?
Your freezer isn't just for quarts of soup or pizzas. Try freezing these surprising items (in airtight bags or containers) to extend their shelf life.

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Expiration Dates for Condiments Checklist

Check this guide to find out how long oils, vinegars, and other condiments will last when stored unopened in your pantry.

  • Mayonnaise 
  • Olives, oil-packed jars 
  • Pesto, jarred 

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