How long does your food REALLY last? Your coronavirus staples can last from a few days to one year

As the coronavirus pandemic forces Australians to self-isolate and work from home, more people are stocking up on produce at their local supermarket and preparing meals in bulk. 

Different foods have varying fridge and freezer lifespans, with mixed vegetables and lentils lasting twice as some meats and fish. 

Kitchen retailer Magnet have spelled out exactly how long each ingredient will last and how best to combine items in a meal so they can eaten up to seven days into the future.

Different foods have varying fridge and freezer lifespans, with mixed vegetables and lentils lasting twice as some meats and fish

Different foods have varying fridge and freezer lifespans, with mixed vegetables and lentils lasting twice as some meats and fish

 Different foods have varying fridge and freezer lifespans, with mixed vegetables and lentils lasting twice as some meats and fish

Meat (regardless if it's cooked or raw) is commonly known to have a shorter fridge and freezer lifespan than most foods

Meat (regardless if it's cooked or raw) is commonly known to have a shorter fridge and freezer lifespan than most foods

Meat (regardless if it’s cooked or raw) is commonly known to have a shorter fridge and freezer lifespan than most foods 

Store meat separately from other staples to lengthen meal prep expiry

Meat, regardless of whether it’s cooked or raw, is known to have a shorter fridge and freezer lifespan than most foods.

More specifically poultry, pork sausages and minced beef only have a two day expiry in the fridge, which is significantly less than other food staples such as rice or vegetables that often last a whole week.

Store the meat separately to extend the life of the meal

Store the meat separately to extend the life of the meal

Store the meat separately to extend the life of the meal

When stored in the freezer beef, lamb, and fish have a six month expiry, while poultry and meat stocks can be stored for up to four months.

Rather than combining meat with other staples in one food container, store the meat separately to extend the life of the meal.

When defrosting meat place it in the fridge to cool over several hours in order to avoid sudden unexpected build-ups of bacteria.

Poultry, pork sausages and minced beef only has a two day expiry in the fridge, which is significantly less than other food staples such as rice or vegetables

Poultry, pork sausages and minced beef only has a two day expiry in the fridge, which is significantly less than other food staples such as rice or vegetables

Poultry, pork sausages and minced beef only has a two day expiry in the fridge, which is significantly less than other food staples such as rice or vegetables

Mix vegetables can last up to a week in the fridge and ten months in the freezer, while lentils also have a seven day expiry in the fridge and a three month lifespan when frozen

Mix vegetables can last up to a week in the fridge and ten months in the freezer, while lentils also have a seven day expiry in the fridge and a three month lifespan when frozen

Mix vegetables can last up to a week in the fridge and ten months in the freezer, while lentils also have a seven day expiry in the fridge and a three month lifespan when frozen

Drink smoothies within 24 hours and eat overnight oats within three days

Fruit smoothies are known to have the shortest expiry of any one meal you make and will need to be drunk within one day of blending.

This is because fruit oxidises over a short period of time, turning the healthy morning breakfast or snack into an unsatisfying mess.

Pre-made overnight oats with blueberries have a slightly longer expiry but should be consumed within three days for the same reason.

Boiled eggs and quinoa last for an entire week in the fridge

Eggs are a common food found in most households and a healthy food staple to have in the fridge.

When cooked, eggs can last up to seven days in the fridge and longer if kept raw.

It is not recommended that eggs to be frozen unless the raw yolks and egg whites are separated first – though this can be a messy task.

Vegetarian and vegan meals are the most convenient to prepare as vegetables and lentils have a much longer expiry

Vegetarian and vegan meals are the most convenient to prepare as vegetables and lentils have a much longer expiry

Vegetarian and vegan meals are the most convenient to prepare as vegetables and lentils have a much longer expiry

Mixed vegetables, lentils and nuts have the longest food expiry 

Vegetarian and vegan meals are the most convenient to prepare as vegetables and lentils have a much longer expiry.

Mixed vegetables can last up to a week in the fridge and ten months in the freezer, while lentils also have a seven day expiry in the fridge and a three month lifespan when frozen.

Try avoiding defrosting and re-freezing to avoid a build-up of bacteria and buy fresh food stock to prepare when possible.

For a family of four, add these items to your shopping list:  

1 x 5kg bag of rice

2 x 1 kg bag of quinoa

1 x 5kg bag of oats

1 x 1kg bag buckwheat

3 x bags pasta  

1 x 5kg bag red or green lentils

1 x 2 kg bag of split peas

1 x 1 kg cannellini beans

7 x garlic bulbs

8 x brown and red onions

Assorted herbs and spices according to personal preference  

9 x tins tuna

5 x tins sardines

1 x jar anchovies

3 x dozen eggs

7 x tinned tomatoes

1 x bottle apple cider vinegar or balsamic 

1 x kg nuts of choice

2 bags x potatoes 

2 x pumpkin 

Source: Supercharged Food