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These Are The Things You Need To Throw Out Of Your Refrigerator
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  • It's the new year, and it's time to do some cleaning. The appliance that might need a cleaning overhaul is the refrigerator.

    It's common to see refrigerators so full especially over the holidays that you cannot store anything in it anymore.

    If this happens to you on a regular basis, you need to learn to throw food out. Not everything needs to go, though.

    If you're unsure what you should and do not need to throw out just yet, here is a quick guide on what to throw out of your refrigerator:

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    1. Fruits and vegetables that have mold or gone bad

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    This is easy. Any produce, fruit or vegetable, that has developed mold or has become slimy or is rotting should be thrown out. If you have a compost bin, this is perfect to add to that pile.

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    2. Leftover food stored for too long

    The holidays is a time that is notorious for filling up your refrigerator with leftover food. An excess of food is a welcome problem for many people!

    However, when it begins to pile up and can not be consumed within three to four days, the recommended storage of leftovers by the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS), it's best that it should either be frozen or thrown out.

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    3. Condiments that have expired or spoiled

    There are certain condiments that are best stored in your refrigerator. This includes the lechon sauce you love serving with crispy pata and lechon kawali, mustard and ketchup for a longer storage life, and even that bottle of chili paste you like adding to your siomai.

    However, these same condiments need to be thrown out if it has expired or earlier if it shows signs of mold or spoilage.

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    4. Food left in its packaging for too long

    Admit it. You don't always transfer leftover food from cans and packets into another container. It's so much easier to believe that you will use up the remaining food soon so it won't go to waste.

    However it's the new year and if you still haven't used up the last 1/2 can of mushrooms, 1/4 packet of tomato sauce, the last two tablespoons of condensed milk, or the 1/2 pack of all-purpose cream by now, you might never do it. It might be time to toss these out.

    If the food has dried up or developed mold, throw it out. If the food has absorbed smells and aromas, throw it out.

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    5. Soft cheese and cured meat beyond its time

    You may want to hold on to those packages of soft cheese and the meats that went into your DIY cheese board

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