How Safe Are Your Dairy Products?
Information provided by the American Dietetic Association: Your Link to Nutrition & Health
Many people aren't sure how long dairy products can be safely stored, what type of milk container to buy, or how to handle cheese. Below are tips from the American Dietetic Association and the ConAgra Foods Foundation to help you the next time you go grocery shopping or clean out your refrigerator.
Milk: Buy milk and other dairy products toward the end of your shopping trip. Choose milk in cardboard cartons or non-translucent jugs. Translucent containers allow light in that can cause milk to spoil more easily and more quickly. Store milk and other dairy products in the refrigerator below 40°F. Never store milk in the refrigerator door where it is susceptible to warmer air from opening and closing the door.
Yogurt: Check the "sell-by" date on the carton and use yogurt within seven to ten days after buying it.
Cheese: Hard cheese, like cheddar, Gouda, Edam, and Swiss, can last for three to four weeks tightly wrapped in the refrigerator after opening. It's okay to freeze hard cheese, but the texture and taste may suffer. Processed cheese spread can keep for three to four weeks in the refrigerator after being opened. The softer the cheese, the shorter the shelf life.
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