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StillTasty's food storage information is drawn from multiple sources. A primary source is the food safety research conducted by U.S. government agencies, including the United States Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Our content also incorporates research from state government agencies as well as several non-profit organizations and associations that conduct studies on food storage and safety. 

In addition, StillTasty has directly contacted food and beverage manufacturers to obtain information on optimal storage methods for specific foods and details on storage times as they pertain to both food safety and food quality.

To supplement the food storage data, StillTasty provides a variety of tips and articles aimed at helping readers implement best storage practices in their own homes. This content represents StillTasty’s opinion, drawing on research and recommendations from government agencies and manufacturers.

An important note on storage information: All shelf life times shown on our food storage information pages assume the following home storage conditions, unless otherwise noted: room temperature of 60°- 70° F for pantry storage; refrigerator temperature of 35° - 40° F; freezer temperature of 0°F or lower.