REFRIGERATED FOODS – When to Save and When to Throw Away

The following information was provided by Worth County Extension Agent, Blake Crabtree, concerning how long food can safely be kept and consumed without refrigeration.

Type of Food Held above 40 °F for over 2 hours
MEAT, POULTRY, SEAFOOD  
Raw or leftover cooked meat, poultry, fish, or seafood; soy meat substitutes  Discard
Thawing meat or poultry  Discard
Meat, tuna, shrimp, chicken, or egg salad  Discard
Gravy, stuffing, broth  Discard
Lunchmeats, hot dogs, bacon, sausage, dried beef  Discard
Pizza — with any topping  Discard
Canned hams labeled “Keep Refrigerated”  Discard
Canned meats and fish, opened  Discard
CHEESE
 Soft Cheeses: blue/bleu, Roquefort, Brie, Camembert, cottage, cream, Edam, Monterey Jack, ricotta, mozzarella, Muenster, Neufchatel, queso blanco, queso fresco Discard
Hard Cheeses: Cheddar, Colby, Swiss, Parmesan, provolone, Romano  Safe
Processed Cheeses  Safe
Shredded Cheeses  Discard
Low fat Cheeses  Discard
Grated Parmesan, Romano, or combination (in can or jar)  Safe
DAIRY  
Milk, cream, sour cream, buttermilk, evaporated milk, yogurt, eggnog, soy milk  Discard
Butter, margarine  Safe
Baby formula, opened  Discard
EGGS  
Fresh eggs, hard cooked in shell, egg dishes, egg products Discard
Custards and puddings  Discard
CASSEROLES, SOUPS, STEWS  Discard
FRUITS  
Fresh fruits, cut  Discard
Fruit juices, opened  Safe
Canned fruits, opened  Safe
Fresh whole fruits, coconut, raisins, dried fruits, candied fruits, dates  Safe
SAUCES, SPREADS, JAMS
Opened mayonnaise, tartar sauce, horseradish Discard if above 50 °F for over 8 hrs.
Peanut butter  Safe
Jelly, relish, taco sauce, mustard, catsup, olives, pickles  Safe
Worcestershire, soy, barbecue, Hoisin sauces  Safe
Fish sauces (oyster sauce)  Discard
Opened vinegar based dressings  Safe
Opened creamy based dressings  Discard
Spaghetti sauce, opened jar  Discard
BREAD, CAKES, COOKIES, PASTA, GRAINS  
Bread, rolls, cakes, muffins, quick breads, tortillas  Safe
Refrigerator biscuits, rolls, cookie dough  Discard
Cooked pasta, rice, potatoes  Discard
Pasta salads with mayonnaise or vinaigrette  Discard
Fresh pasta  Discard
Cheesecake  Discard
Breakfast foods — waffles, pancakes, bagels  Safe
PIES, PASTRY  
Pastries, cream filled  Discard
Pies — custard, cheese filled, or chiffon; quiche  Discard
Pies, fruit  Safe
VEGETABLES  
Fresh mushrooms, herbs, spices  Safe
Greens, pre cut, pre washed, packaged Discard
Vegetables, raw, whole  Safe
Vegetables, cooked; tofu; hummus  Discard
Vegetable juice, opened  Discard
Baked potatoes  Discard
Commercial garlic in oil  Discard
Potato Salad  Discard

Source: USDA Food – Safety and Inspection Service. Accessed 10/10/2016.

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/food– Safety-education/get-answers/food– Safety-factsheets/

emergency-preparedness/a-consumers-guide-to-food– Safety-severe-storms-andhurricanes/

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