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15 Items In Your Fridge You Should Throw Out Right Now

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Our refrigerators hold the key to delicious meals and healthy snacks. But let’s be honest, they can also become a graveyard for forgotten foods. Expired items, mystery containers, and science experiments in the crisper drawer can lurk in the shadows. To keep your gut happy and avoid a fridge-fueled fiasco, a quick fridge patrol is essential. Here’s a guide to hidden culprits that might be past their prime. 

1. Wilted Greens & Mushy Berries

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Salad gone limp? Are berries turning mushy? These guys have seen better days. Wilted greens lose nutrients and become unappetizing, while mushy berries can harbor mold you can’t always see. Best to give them the compost bin salute.

2. The Mystery Meat

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Champion of mystery meals, that container in the back could be last week’s stir-fry or a science project. Leftovers are generally good for 3-4 days, so if you can’t recall its origin, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

3. The Moldy Menace

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Mold is a villain you don’t want to mess with. It can spread quickly and contaminate other foods. Even if you cut off the moldy part, microscopic spores might lurk unseen. When in doubt, toss it out!

4. Open Deli Meat (Past its Prime)

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Deli meat is a fridge staple, but once opened, it has a limited shelf life. After 4 days, the quality goes downhill, and it can harbor bacteria that can make you sick. Opt for smaller packages or slice what you need to avoid waste.

5. Expired Condiments

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Although they may appear unbeatable, condiments can eventually lose their flavor and strength. Particularly with products like mayonnaise or salad dressing, make sure to check the expiry date. Trust your taste buds too – if it doesn’t taste quite right, it’s time to say goodbye.

6. Expired Dairy Products

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Milk, yogurt, and cheese all have expiration dates for a reason. Expired dairy can harbor bacteria and cause foodborne illness. Play it safe and give expired dairy products the boot.

7. Unknown Sauces

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Mysterious sauces from takeout containers? Give it the toss unless you recognize it and know it’s recent. You never know what ingredients are lurking or how long it’s been hanging out.

8. Forgotten Soda

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Soda might not go bad per se, but it loses its fizz over time. Flat soda is just, well, flat. Use a marker to write the date on the bottle so you know when it’s time to let the fizz fade away.

9. Expired Nuts & Seeds

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Nuts and seeds are healthy fridge staples, but they can go rancid over time. Rancid nuts and seeds will have a bitter taste and unpleasant odor. Check the expiration date and toss any that are past their prime to avoid a funky-flavored snack.

10. Stale Bread

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Stale bread can be toasted, but rock-hard slices or bread with visible mold are a one-way trip to the bin. Fresh bread makes better toast, breadcrumbs, and French toast, so give stale slices the boot. 

11. Discolored Seafood

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Another thing that requires a new perspective is seafood. If your fish or shrimp are dull or turning grayish, it’s time to hit the refresh button and buy some new seafood for your next delicious creation.

12. Expired Broth

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The broth is a fridge staple for soups and sauces, but even it has a shelf life. Check the expiration date and ditch any broth that’s past its prime.

13. Cooked Rice

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While leftover rice can be a lifesaver, it can harbor bacteria if stored incorrectly or for too long. Cooked rice is generally good for 2-3 days, so reheat it properly and store it safely in the fridge.

14. Cooked Ground Meat

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Cooked ground meat like sausage or hamburger crumbles are convenient for quick meals. However, they have a shorter fridge life than other cuts. Cooked ground meat is generally good for 2-3 days, so be sure to use it up quickly or freeze it for longer storage.

15. Vaguely Puffy Yogurt

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Yogurt is a healthy snack, but even it can go bad. If the container is puffed up or the yogurt is separated and watery, it’s best to err on the side of caution and toss it.

 

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