How long must food stay in the fridge

Despite the enjoyment we have from the food we eat, foods do not stay the same way forever. They go bad or get spoil at some point. They also become unhealthy for the body when they get to a bad state. And become unhealthy for tasting in most cases. Your help in a case as this would be to “sniff”. You can also try to label products in your fridge. To help you know the time range products have been in your fridge. This helps you know when to dispose unwanted items out of your kitchen. Since these items in your kitchen for longer periods begin to breed bacteria.


Fresh butter from the store, can be in your fridge for up to 2 weeks. You can also freeze it for close to 9 months, covered in plastic. It is ok to on the counter for 10 to 15 minutes to soften.


Bacteria grow faster in milk, so you must throw it away when it smells bad. You can keep it for more than 2 weeks in your fridge and close to 3 months in the freezer. Though it would eventually lose it smooth texture gradually. You must remember to check the expiration date. 

Cooked Meat

Keep cooked chicken or beef in the fridge and use it within 5 days. Wash your hands with soap and warm water after handling raw meat or fish.


Fresh pork can last 3 to 5 days in the fridge and freezes well for up to 6 months.

Uncooked Chicken

It is safe to freeze it within 2 days. You can safely refreeze it if you don’t use it, though the taste and texture will change. With freezer the following can be kept for these periods:

  • Whole chicken can be kept for 12 months
  • Chicken parts can be kept for 9 months
  • Ground chicken and Giblets (organs) can be stored for 3 to 4 months


These can last 3 to 5 weeks if they’re uncooked in the shell in the refrigerator. They don’t freeze well whole, whether raw or cooked, but you can beat the yolks and whites together and put the sealed liquid in the freezer. Egg made dishes, like last 3 to 5 days in the fridge or a month or two in the freezer.


Keep fresh fish on ice in the fridge for two days and more days when placed in the freezer. Throw away fish that looks lifeless, feels mushy and smells.