huffingtonpost.com – The internet is full of helpful guides that tell us how long our food will last in the freezer. Charts abound suggesting raw chicken breast will freeze up to nine months, while cheese only lasts up to six months. Those guides offer us protection from the dangers of food safety gone wrong, right?
Well, not actually.
According to the USDA, those guides aren’t referring to safety at all, because all frozen food is safe to eat, provided it was safe to eat at the time it was frozen.
“Because freezing keeps food safe almost indefinitely, recommended storage times are for quality only,” says the USDA. “Food stored constantly at 0 degrees Fahrenheit will always be safe. Only the quality suffers with lengthy freezer storage.”
All those online charts are indeed still helpful, but they’re simply suggesting the optimum freezing times for the best quality, not for safety. For example, a frozen banana will be safe to eat until the End Times, but it’ll only taste good and maintain its white color and creamy texture for about 3 months (which at this rate, could also be when the End Times come).