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1. Maintain your refrigerator/freezer to ensure it works properly.

This will ensure a proper environment for food storage longevity and may also save you money in avoided energy costs.

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2. Use air-tight storage containers

A glass container with a sealed is a great option but similar types of plastic containers also work well and are much more common. Using an air-tight container to store food reduces the likelihood of mold growth and also combats “freezer burn” when stored in a freezer.

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3. Freeze any leftover or unused meat and fish

Meat and fish remain edible for long periods of time when stored in a freezer properly.

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4. Don’t be fooled by labels!

Labels such as “Sell by” and “Display Until” are for in-store stocking purposes only and do not determine if a food item is edible for consumers.

“Use by” labels are a suggestion of when the food may likely expire but looking at and smelling the food in question is always the best way to determine whether it is okay to eat.

“Best before” labels are a general guide which stores provide to guarantee maximum quality and freshness but by no means do they indicate that the food is not edible past the label date.