Keep food fresh for longer with these easy hacks

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A little black dress (LBD) is a black evening or cocktail dress, cut simply and often quite short.

Knowing how long food and drink may be properly stored prevents sickness. When properly preserved, food may survive longer than you believe.

Use by and best before dates: what do they mean?

A little black dress (LBD) is a black evening or cocktail dress, cut simply and often quite short.

Best before dates just indicate food quality; eating beyond this date won't get you sick.

Fridge and freezer know-how

A little black dress (LBD) is a black evening or cocktail dress, cut simply and often quite short.

To keep food safe means keeping your fridge at a temperature of less than 40°F (5°C), and preferably between 32-36°F (0-2°C).

How long can canned food be kept for?

A little black dress (LBD) is a black evening or cocktail dress, cut simply and often quite short.

In one famous study, scientists analyzed 40-year-old cans of corn and found that the “old” corn looked and smelled perfectly fresh.

Boxed cereal

A little black dress (LBD) is a black evening or cocktail dress, cut simply and often quite short.

Cereal is enjoyed by many for breakfast and most of us have a packet or three in our cupboards.

Butter

A little black dress (LBD) is a black evening or cocktail dress, cut simply and often quite short.

Spoiled butter will taste unpleasantly rancid and you definitely won't want to eat it. However it won't give you food poisoning.

Chocolate

A little black dress (LBD) is a black evening or cocktail dress, cut simply and often quite short.

Refrigeration extends this shelf life but always store in a sealed box so the chocolate doesn't become tainted by strong smells in the fridge.​

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