It happens to me all the time. I buy a bag of shredded cheese, use a little bit of it for a recipe and then toss the bag back into the fridge. Then the next time I am cooking and realize I need shredded cheese for the recipe I reach into the fridge and pull out all the bags of cheese that I have. Then I look at one of the bags and realize that it was already opened...and then I begin to try and remember when I opened it up. I try re-thinking about all the meals we have eaten in the last few days/nights and if cheese was used or not.
Well this was getting a bit of a pain for me. So now when I open up a bag of shredded cheese I grab my Sharpie and write the day I opened the bag on the front of the package. Now there is no more trying to remember, smelling it to see if it is still good...etc. It only takes a minute...and is well worth it!!
Here is a bag currently in my fridge. You can see the date on the left side of the bag.
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