Handy and Tasty

I recently came across Still Tasty, and I give it two thumbs up. The site provides a reference for how long food will stay both safe and, yes, tasty. In doing so, it strikes a nice balance between providing official information and realism.

Their take on expiration dates is spot on. And the Keep it or Toss It? page is encyclopedic and useful, if a bit cautious (in my humble opinion).photo by cursed thing via creative commons

Yet where the site really shines is in answering those underrated questions like, Is it OK to put hot food directly into the fridge? Another one is whether or not you need to refrigerate open ketchup and mustard bottles. Answer: Heck no.

And then there’s my personal favorite: Is bottled water safe to drink after its expiration date? Two words: Hell yes.

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7 Comments

  1. bernie
    Posted July 8, 2009 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    Thanks, this is just what we needed. Still working on eating down our fridge and pantry but summer’s bounty keeps creeping in.

  2. dee dee
    Posted July 8, 2009 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    Good info, thanks Jonathan. But I cringed at the bottled water note. Why is anyone still using bottled water in the first place?!!?? (Has Terry from Fake Plastic Fish seen this post?) Most cities and towns have perfectly drinkable tap water. And for those who live where the tap water is not so great, why not use a filter system like Britta and reusable water bottles. The Britta filters are recyclable (though I admit it’s not the easiest process) and the cost becomes negligable.

  3. Molly
    Posted July 8, 2009 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Why does water even have an expiration date?

  4. Posted July 8, 2009 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    Bottled water had such a meteoric rise (see Royte’s book), that maybe it’ll have a similarly swift fall. We’ll see.

    Bottled water’s expiration date is all about taste. Manufacturers think the flavor is a bit off after sitting for a few years, so they give it a use-by date. Kinda lame, huh?

  5. Posted July 9, 2009 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    I love Still Tasty!

    I had no idea mustard and ketchup could be ok out of the fridge. We never use up a bottle in a month, though, so it’s good I keep ours cold.

  6. Posted July 9, 2009 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    Jon,
    Still Tasty is a sweet resource. I really like how clear and concise their package dates explanation is. They sure beat this lousy container date explication: http://www.culinate.com/articles/culinate8/expiration_dates who the heck wrote that, by the way?
    Peace and Love,
    Dan

  7. Posted July 12, 2009 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    I agree, must have been written by some hack.
    (Very funny, Dan.)

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