Meal Prep Myths Debunked

There isn’t an exact science, and most foods are still edible (if no longer full of flavor) for a day or two after their shelf life expires, but it’s great to know how long foods last in the refrigerator before you eat or freeze them. Magnet created a handy freezer chart too, so you never have to waste food again.

You’ll notice that many foods suitable for vegetarians and vegans last longer than cooked meats and fish. Superfoods like quinoa, can keep in the fridge for up to a week once cooked – making meal prep Sundays even more of a breeze.

Things to know:

1. Be aware that some foods you buy ‘fresh’ could have already been frozen during the shipping process. Refreezing these can cause them to go rancid during the thawing process, so always check the label.

2. On the topic of freezing, only freeze food once. Refreezing and thawing your food a second time can cause harmful bacteria to grow.

3. Plan, plan, plan! Combining ingredients affects shelf life. As a marker, always go off the ingredient with the shortest individual shelf life.

4. If you’re a fan of fruit smoothies and overnight oats, it’s best to eat them within 24 hours. Fruit oxidises and your healthy snack can quickly turn into a fizzy mess.

5. When defrosting meat, do so slowly, preferably by placing in the fridge over a few hours to avoid any sudden build-ups of bacteria.

6. Whilst cooked eggs last up to seven days once refrigerated, they shouldn’t be frozen. The exception is raw egg yolks and egg whites, so long as they’re separated.

Practicing proper food hygiene also ensures your food is safe, lasts longer and you prevent foodborne illnesses.

As a rough guide, preparing your meals up to four days in advance is perfect, as most ingredients can last this long once prepared. Good quality containers will ensure that your food keeps its freshness for longer.

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Infographic via Magnet

41 comments

Martha P
Mia P3 months ago

thanks for sharing

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Danuta W
Danuta W3 months ago

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Glennis W
Glennis W3 months ago

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Glennis W
Glennis W3 months ago

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Glennis W
Glennis W3 months ago

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Glennis W
Glennis W3 months ago

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Kathy K
Kathy K3 months ago

Thanks. I especially like the graphic of how long to store things.

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Mike R
Mike R3 months ago

Thanks

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Ruth R
Ruth R3 months ago

Very useful info, thanks!

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Sherry Kohn
Sherry Kohn3 months ago

Many thanks to you !

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