Health Tip: Using Frozen and Canned Foods
(HealthDay News) -- For families on the go, frozen and canned goods can be a lifesaver. But they're no excuse to ignore food safety rules.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers this advice:
Don't buy or use any cans with dents, bulges or leaks.
Store all canned produce in areas that are cool and dry. Avoid storing these goods in damp places, such as near the stove or sink, garage or basement.
For acidic foods such as tomatoes, store only up to 18 months. For non-acidic foods such as meats and vegetables, two to five years.
Wash cans before you open them to avoid contaminating the contents.
At the store, select frozen foods from the back of the freezer where they're often kept colder.
Tightly wrap all frozen foods and date them; make sure they are stored at 0 degrees Fahrenheit or below.
Never refreeze foods that have been thawed.
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