According to the Christian Science Monitor, American families throw away about $40 of food a month, or 33 pounds of food. One of the biggest reasons for the wasting? Food goes bad before we can eat it.

We’ve talked about how to freeze eggs in the past. Freezing eggs helps keep them useable longer. But, what about other food? How long does a banana last in the refrigerator, for instance. What about potatoes stored on a counter?

Luckily, the visual masters at have created a chart to answer all of your shelf life questions.

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the shelf life of food

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