If I sort my fridge by 'eat by' date, what is the best way of dealing with food's I've cooked, or partially cooked, myself?

In my fridge there are such delights as:

  • thrawed from frozen strawberries for the baby
  • Seiten loaf, made in the last day
  • several different types of leftovers.

...and it occurs to me I don't know how to work out the 'eat by' dates on any of the dishes we've made ourselves.

I'd like to know some good rules: excellent answers might include: "I run a bakery and this is the situation that the FDA told us we had to go by" but I'll take any information there is...


The US FDA has a handy Refrigerator and Freezer Storage Chart that might help you. In general your "leftovers" have a 3 to 4 day shelf life...I would think that includes your thawed strawberries.

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    Although I would probably err on the side of caution where food for a baby is involved, especially with soft and spoilage-prone food like strawberries. – Stephie Jan 1 '19 at 20:33
  • This is very much what I asked for, thank you - don't suppose you happened to find a pdf that wasn't quite so... meaty? – Joe Jan 3 '19 at 11:01

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