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What are the longest lasting foods?

Find out what food will last you the longest for when you do actually store food in your fridge.

Who wants to buy food that only last a few days or even weeks. Here's a list of food that will last an uber long time. Long lasting food is very important to bachelors as they often need to scrounge up something to eat after spending all of their money on liquor.

In a nutshell canned and frozen goods will last you the longest, but you'd be suprised at how many other goods will last you a long time. As for meat, if you buy vacuum packed meat, it will last almost double the amount of time that of the usual packing that has the meat wrapped in brown paper or a styrofoam container.

Meats & Alternatives

Item Refrigerated Frozen
Fish 1 to 2 days 4 to 6 months
Poultry 1 to 2 days 12 months
Ground Meat 1 to 2 days 3 to 4 months
Steak 3 to 5 days 6 to 8 months
Eggs 4 to 5 weeks --

Dairy Products

Item Refrigerated
Cheddar 3 to 6 months
Swiss 3 to 6 months
Cottage 2 weeks
Grated Parmesan 12 months
Processed American 8 months

Breads & Cereals

Item Shelf Life
Crackers 3 months
Plain Bread 15 days
White Rice 24 months
Oatmeal 12 months
Instant Cereal 2 to 3 months
Pasta 24 months
Brown Rice 6 months
Quinoia Rice 6 months

Fruits & Vegetables

Item Shelf Life
Bananas 3 to 6 days
Apples 6 months
Potatoes 4 weeks
Onions 2 weeks

Condiments & Dressings

Item Refrigerated
Yellow Mustard 6 to 8 months
Ketchup 24 months
Mayonnaise 3 to 4 months
Worchester Sauce 10 years
Jams & Jellies 18 months
Salad Dressings 3 months

Here are some great websites that list a much more detailed list of food shelf life:

Still Tasty
Recipe Tips
Eat By Date
Food Science