How You Tell When Food is Spoiled
I’m horrible at deciding when to throw out food and when to go ahead and eat it. I never date my leftovers, they stay in the fridge for 2 weeks before they go to the freezer, and I can’t tell the difference between mold and pepper.
It’s OK. I have a stomach of steel.
Or so I thought. Turns out, I’m a little overconfident when it comes to my stomach strength.
Turns out, this tofu really had gone bad.
I didn’t even know tofu could go bad!
Never mind the fact that when I smelled it, I thought it was fine because it smelled like…tofu? Forget that it’s been in a ziplock bag in the fridge since this post. I looked back to this post after I ate it. I have a stomach of steel, after all!
Do you see where this is going? Obviously, I blame my tummy troubles on the tofu (yay alliteration!)
I alluded that I wasn’t feeling well in this morning’s post, but I was up most of the night, too. I’m not at work today, but I am starting to feel better.
No, I’m not pregnant. I have a case of TTT (tofu tummy troubles.)
I also had these leftovers yesterday for lunch, which I probably shouldn’t have eaten.
Now that I’ve learned my lesson, let’s play a little game! I’ll name a certain food group, and you see if you can guess how long it can last in the fridge and/or freezer. I’ll post the answers at the end of the post.
Cooked meat: refrigerated _____ (days) frozen _______ (days)
Ground meat, uncooked: refrigerated_______ frozen _______
Lunch meat, opened: refrigerated________ frozen_______
Lunch meat, unopened: refrigerated_______ frozen________
Fresh eggs: refrigerated________
Egg substitutes, opened: refrigerated_____
scroll to bottom of post for answers!
My mom always told me: while not feeling well, eat whatever you can stomach – to eat what you’re hungry for.
When lunch time rolled around, I was hungry for cold oats:
This just might be the best combination of flavors I’ve ever made. It’s a yogurt/cottage cheese/oatmeal combo, and so delish!
-1/3 c. oats
-pinch of salt
-dash of stevia
-1/4 c. cottage cheese
-1/4 c. plain Greek yogurt
-1.5 tbsp almond butter
Mix the first three ingredients, and then the rest. I also topped mine with fruit. It was quite tasty and has me sufficiently full
Answers to the quiz are in this leftovers expiration chart from Dr. Oz’s website:
Wow. I overestimate EVERYTHING! I was also curious about a couple food items that aren’t on the chart, so I looked them up:
tofu-sealed in a bag with water for up to 1 week, changing the water every day (uhh…) (source)
cooked veggies-3-4 days (source)
cooked rice-1 week (source)
cream cheese-2 weeks (oh crap…) (source)
bagged greens-when you can see one leaf broken down in the bag (doh!) (source)
I think I failed the quiz ha! I’m out…going to relax a little.
What are some of your tactics to make sure you aren’t eating spoiled food?
How did your leftover knowledge fare?
See you in the evening!