Spring is a popular time for many people to begin cleaning out. It’s a nice time of the year to open the windows, clean out the closets and start fresh in a new season. Food kept too long or at improper temperatures can become contaminated with bacteria, which can cause illness. You can’t always tell if a food has spoiled by its smell or appearance. The advice from the FDA: When it doubt, throw it out. If food looks or smells strange, do not eat it. Throw it away. Mold you can see on the surface is just the beginning. As food spoils, poisons under the surface can cause illness as well.
Jars of condiments that have been opened will stay fresh for two months on the door of the refrigerator. That part of the fridge is designed for storing condiments, because their acidic content tends to make them more resistant to bacterial contamination than other foods. Continue reading