When it comes to handling the food in our fridge, we often look at expiration dates to tell us if it's time to throw them out.
However, with certain foods, it is best to rely on other tell-tale signs that indicate if our food is too gross to be cooked or eaten, to the point where it turns to danger.
Bacteria can easily form especially when there's moisture in the foods. It can seem like a waste at times but it's always best to suppress your thrifty habits for the sake of your health.
1. Slime in your deli
Pay more attention to your deli foods as they have a higher amount of water content. hence they tend to get real slimy after a week. The slime would be an indication of bacteria forming, when the meat's tissue is breaking down.
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2. Mould in your cheese
With the exception of bleu cheese and brie where mould is actually edible, be mindful of cream cheese, shredded cheese and cottage cheese.
You might find it tempting to pick out the mould and just eat the parts that seem fine however the moisture level in these cheeses can make the spores spread faster than you think.
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3. Foul smells in your meats and fish
The most accurate way to find out your meats and fish have gone bad is through smelling them. Once you get a good whiff, you'll most likely know if it needs to be thrown out.
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4. Meal prepping leftovers
If you're big on prepping your meals in a go for the whole week, there's a chance of it going bad after two to three days.
Some foods are made to last only for a few days and not for such a long period of time. To be on the safer side, keep the prep servings to only last for two to three days instead.
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