We are all about preparing for our homegate parties in advance. It takes a lot of pressure off on game day. But it’s super important to know these fridge rules so you can be sure your game day eats are fresh and good!
When planning a homegating party (which is basically like a tailgate party but at home in front of the TV instead of in the parking lot), it’s all about timing so that when game day rolls around, you aren’t stuck in the kitchen cooking, chopping, reheating or plating while your guests enjoy the game without you. No one wants that. Timing is indeed everything—from when you buy your groceries, to when you make your dishes, to how you get them ready to serve on game day.
We here at Hungry Fan® are all about prepping in advance. We buy our groceries early and store them in the fridge and freezer until it’s time to cook. Food preparation usually goes down the day before the game so that the dishes don’t have to sit in the fridge too, too long before we plan to serve them. And on game day, we keep our cold food and drinks refrigerated until we serve them, we bring our room temperature food to temp before serving (without letting them sit out too long), and we heat up our hot dishes in the oven and keep them warming until it’s time to serve.
While this kind of food preparation doesn’t generally entail the storage of food or drink for long, we thought it best to provide some reminders of how long food can keep—both in the fridge and the freezer. This is especially relevant if you’re doing your grocery shopping in advance—especially if it’s well in advance—and especially when you’re talking about uncooked meats such as sausage, fresh poultry or raw ground beef.
This guide is useful to anyone who stores food in their home, especially for long periods of time, including after your homegating party (think leftovers and extra groceries you didn’t end up using). If you’re ever doing your spring cleaning and clearing out your pantry, you may realize it’s time to do something about your outdated kitchen. If so, be sure to check out the extensive guides to kitchen design and remodeling ideas from our friends at Kitchen Cabinet Kings.
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