STORAGE TIPS

Food that is stored properly stays fresher longer, which adds up to savings for your family and less food wasted. The resources on this page will teach you how to correctly stow away your food, and learn how to read date labels so you aren't wasting your money or food. 

FOOD STORAGE

Learn how to best store specific food items by clicking on one of the categories below.

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Upwards of 66% of food waste is caused by food spoilage.
This adds up to a lot of waste for the landfill and your wallet.
Use these storage tips to keep food fresher and grow your savings. 

 
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DATE LABELS

Best by, use by, sell by, what do they mean?

 

These dates are set by food manufactures to indicate when the product is at its best quality. With the exception of infant formula, these dates do not reflect the safety or expiration of a product. 

  • A "Best if Used By/Before" date indicates when a product will be of best flavor or quality.  It is not a purchase or safety date.

  • A "Sell-By" date tells the store how long to display the product for sale for inventory management.  It is not a safety date. 

  • A “Use-By" date is the last date recommended for the use of the product while at peak quality. It is not a safety date except for when used on infant formula.

  • A “Freeze-By” date indicates when a product should be frozen to maintain peak quality. It is not a purchase or safety date.

None of these dates are indicators of safety or expiration. While the flavor and purity of products may diminish after the posted date, the food should be safe to eat as long as it was stored properly.

Visit the USDA for more information.