By Matthew Yglesias
On Ezra’s recommendation I tried out StillTasty.com, a useful site that tells you how long you can keep food around before it goes bad. But is it useful? Or is it full of lies? For example, is it really true that once you open a package of commercial vacuum packed bacon and use some of it that the rest goes bad in 3-5 days? That’s definitely not my experience. I buy some bacon one weekend and cook some, then cook some more the following weekend all the time. Even the weekend after that! Yes, bacon does go bad eventually and, yes, you want to make sure to wrap it carefully if you want it to last a while, but that’s cured meat it doesn’t go bad in five days.
Onto another subject, is it really true that real parmiggiano-reggiano cheese goes bad faster in a freezer than in a refrigerator? On this I have no knowledge since I’ve never kept any around for nearly that long. But if StillTasty’s contentions are true, they’re very interesting. But can I really count on a site that expects people to eat a whole package of bacon within a five day span?