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Is X still good to eat? A Web site with answers.

BobB Jun 22, 2009 07:08 AM

Just ran across this site (http://www.stilltasty.com) that provides info on how long all sorts of foods stay edible with different methods of storage - a one-stop source for answers to all those "Is my X still good to eat after I left it out on the counter all night?" questions that pop up here periodically.

It seems pretty well-informed and is actually a bit addictive - though not nearly as much so as Chowhound, of course!

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    dagwood Jun 22, 2009 07:35 AM

    That is excellent! Thanks for posting!

    1. The Professor Jun 22, 2009 07:54 AM

      Pretty interesting. As one who is definitely not a religious observer of expiration or "best if consumed by" dates, I was admittedly prepared to have a look at this and write it off thinking that the estimates would be too conservative. However, it looks like most of them are right on the money based on my own experiences. I'll have to delve deeper into the list and see if that assessment holds.
      It looks like a "common sense" list.

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      1. re: The Professor
        BobB Jun 22, 2009 08:03 AM

        I agree - any site that says you can still eat a chicken that's been frozen for two years (while advising that it might be best used for a soup, not a roast) is no nervous nellie!

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          KTinNYC Jun 22, 2009 09:09 AM

          But they also advise not eating a cooked brisket after 3-4 days! That is not very long at all.

          1. re: KTinNYC
            BobB Jun 22, 2009 09:18 AM

            I wouldn't know, no brisket has ever lasted that long in my house! ;-)

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              dagwood Jun 22, 2009 09:55 AM

              agreed, but keep in mind they probably still err on the side of caution for legal reasons. I'm sure they don't want to be held accountable for anyone getting sick. (case in point, they say an unopened carton of OJ will be good a week past it's date, I just opened one here 3 weeks past it's date and all are still healthy in casa dagwood.) Regardless, it's still more reasonable than most other info out there.

        2. LindaWhit Jun 22, 2009 09:21 AM

          What a great site - thanks!

          1. The Dairy Queen Jun 22, 2009 09:54 AM

            I've seen this before, but wondered "who" they are? There are no credentials displayed. Do you have any idea where they get their info?

            ~TDQ

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            1. re: The Dairy Queen
              LindaWhit Jun 22, 2009 10:26 AM

              Good question, TDQ! I've just sent an Email to their comments@ Email address asking what their credentials are and if they have a food safety background of any kind and where they get their info. Let's see if anyone responds.

              1. re: LindaWhit
                The Dairy Queen Jun 22, 2009 10:28 AM

                Great idea, thank you!

                ~TDQ

                1. re: The Dairy Queen
                  LindaWhit Jun 22, 2009 11:41 AM

                  Got back a canned response:

                  "Thank you for your recent email. We value your feedback and appreciate the time you've taken to write.

                  We do read every email we receive. Sometimes, due to the volume of mail, we're not always able to provide a personal response or answer all questions. However, we will make every effort to incorporate your questions/comments in future site content.

                  Thank you again for writing and best regards,

                  The StillTasty team"

                  So who knows if I'll get an actual response.

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                swamp Jun 22, 2009 01:06 PM

                If you visit this link on their site they talk about their sources of information. http://www.stilltasty.com/fooditems/f...

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                  The Dairy Queen Jun 22, 2009 01:12 PM

                  Oh very interesting, thank you. I'd still like to know who they are, though. It seems like a very professionally-produced site--I'd like to know who funds them and, therefore, whose interests they are trying to serve.

                  ~TDQ

                  1. re: swamp
                    LindaWhit Jun 22, 2009 01:20 PM

                    Wow - not sure how you found that - still can't find it in searching through their links - but thanks! Like TDQ, it would be nice to know if they're independent from any companies who might have their own interests at heart.

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                      swamp Jun 22, 2009 02:27 PM

                      According to Justin Fox Time's business columnist the web site creator is a retired food safety expert with the Canadian government. Of course still does not mean it is not industry sponsored. I guess we just wait and see if a response is received. http://curiouscapitalist.blogs.time.c...

                      1. re: swamp
                        LindaWhit Jul 2, 2009 10:09 AM

                        Never did get any real response other than the canned EMail mentioned above.

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                          BobB Jul 2, 2009 10:46 AM

                          Makes you wonder whether it's being maintained or was just set up and left to sit on its own.

                2. clamscasino Jun 22, 2009 10:20 AM

                  That sight is a great resource! My fridge went on the fritz last week...now I don't have to bother anyone with the "is my mustard still good?" questions. (and, yeah! It is.)

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                    JRSD Jun 22, 2009 03:57 PM

                    I am constantly calling my parents to ask them those questions and then ignoring their responses, so this website looks great.

                    1. duckdown Jul 1, 2009 07:00 PM

                      I dunno about this..

                      It says a watermelon is only good for 2-3 days at regular room temperature.

                      I don't know about you, but theres no way in hell the watermelons being sold at Sobeys were picked less than 3 days ago.. how does that work? hell, i've seen the same batches of watermelons for WEEKS sometimes...

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                        The Professor Jul 1, 2009 09:15 PM

                        An uncut watermelon is good for more than a few days at room temps...but a cut watermelon will start to go off pretty fast. Once I cut a melon, I try to use it up in 3 days even if refrigerated. It may not be technically bad, but it starts to taste odd.

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                        rocks67 Jul 2, 2009 09:31 AM

                        What a FANTASTIC site. Thanks for this!

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