Have you ever asked yourself, “Hmm, I wonder if this chicken is still okay to cook, does it expire?” If you have then you are like many of us. We go shopping and fill up our fridge and freezer with food for our family and then try to use it before it goes bad. Or we find something wrapped in foil in the back of the freezer and have no idea what it is or what it is from, it is our own little mystery game.

Well, let us step away from that and this week start working on getting our fridge and freezer organized to keep our family healthy and to save the time and money of buying duplicates of things we already have at home.

First, for the food in your freezer you can quickly and easily label your items with the name and date using freezer tape. That way the mystery meal can be solved and you will know how long the item has been lurking around your freezer.

Second, just like organizing any other space in your home, keep similar items together. Know that in the freezer or the fridge that meat will always go on this shelf or veggies on this other shelf.

Finally, know how long it is safe to keep food items in your fridge and freezer and even what tempurature your fridge and freezer should be running at.

Below I am including some links to resources and apps that you can use for knowing how long you can keep food safely in your fridge and freezer.

Storage times for fridge/freezer: https://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/charts/storagetimes.html

Android App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.usda.fsis.foodkeeper2&hl=en

iTunes App: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/usda-foodkeeper/id978186100?mt=8