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Jun 22, 2009 07:08 AM

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

Just ran across this site ( 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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  1. That is excellent! Thanks for posting!

    1. 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

        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!

        1. re: BobB

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

          1. re: KTinNYC

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

            1. re: KTinNYC

              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. What a great site - thanks!

          1. 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?


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            1. re: The Dairy Queen

              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: The Dairy Queen

                  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.

              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                If you visit this link on their site they talk about their sources of information.

                1. re: swamp

                  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.


                  1. re: swamp

                    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.

                    1. re: LindaWhit

                      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

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

                        1. re: LindaWhit

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

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