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Before the Bodega: See if Your Food is Still Tasty

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New York is a weird city for grocery shopping. Most stores don’t have aisles wide enough to fit two carts, if they fit any carts at all. Most people shop every few days for specific meals, because hauling one bag through the subway is easier than seven. The smaller shopping trips leave your fridge full of forgotten jars of pasta sauce, tupperware containers of coconut milk, hunks of cheese and tubs of hummus. Eventually, you try to piece together a meal out of the contents of your barren fridge. This results finding the mystery foods, smelling it and staring it down to figure out if it’s still edible. It’s easy to tell when most produce is bad, moldy tomatoes and leaking cucumbers are a dead giveaway. But what about the margarine that was in your apartment when you moved in? Foods like feta cheese that smell bad to start with?

Before you strap shoes on to head to the bodega to replace your expired milk so you don’t have to make macaroni and cheese with the water you boiled the pasta in, check out Still It’s a site dedicated to answering your weird questions about defrosted chicken and dairy expiration date, and keeps a list of the shelf life of everything from almonds to canned tuna. You could save yourself from fighting the crowds and stacks of canned goods at Key Foods.

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Kiley E - Ragamuffin Researcher

After years of denial, Kiley has finally admitted to baring a striking resemblance to Velma from Scooby Doo. Instead of traveling in a van hunting ghosts, she prefers wandering on foot in search of tacos, cheap beer, and fake birds. Growing up in Portland, Kiley enjoyed the balance of urban and green spaces. Then she spent her four years at Ithaca College, and found herself craving more sprawling asphalt in her life. So she moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where most of the buildings look like they're about to collapse. Kiley's favorite activities include: getting lost, crafting, sewing, biking, and geeking out at museums. Her love of taxidermy probably makes her a terrible vegetarian, but she doesn't care.