Review of the USDA's FoodKeeper App for Smartphones

foodkeeper app opening screen Have you ever encountered that lonely Tupperware in the back of the fridge, once filled with delicious take-out, but now fermenting into biological warfare?  More often it’s less obvious, when you’re unsure if the innocent looking fried rice is harboring dangerous organisms or if it’s still good to eat.

When we open that refrigerator door, we want to avoid being wasteful while also never eating dangerous food.  Since the seemingly simple process of storing food can be so tricky, 44% of food is wasted at the household level, and several billions are spent each year caring for those who fall ill or die from a foodborne illness.

Thanks to FoodKeeper, a free app developed by Cornell University’s Food Science Department, the Food Marketing Institute, and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), storing food has become easier and more practical! [text_ad]

This app gives storage times for the optimal quality and safety of every category of food imaginable, from individual species of fish to baked goods and even baby foods.  Especially practical is the option of automatically adding calendar reminders to consume refrigerated or frozen food items by a certain date.

In addition, cooking times and general tips are provided for a variety of foods.

Download it today, it will give our landfills a break, while saving you money and assuring good health!

Tips on How to Install the Foodkeeper App

  • If you are reading this article on a computer, first pick up your smartphone. (the Foodkeeper isn’t made to run on desktop or laptop computers)
    • If it’s a iPhone, navigate to the iTunes App and search for “USDA FoodKeeper App” and install through your iPhone as you would any other free app.
    • If you have a Android smartphone, navigate to the Google Play App and search for “USDA FoodKeeper App” and install through your Android phone as you would any other free app.
  • If you are using an Android phone to read this article click here to visit the FoodKeeper App on Google Play.
  • If you are using an iPhone to read this article click here to visit the FoodKeeper App on iTunes

Screenshots of FoodKeeper App Features

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general food categories

ask Karen washing vegetables
The search results shows you if the information was updated recently

 

ask karen refreezing frozen vegetables
Impressive results!
cooking tips and safe temperatures
Clicking the calendar icon results in the option to automatically add a refrigeration time reminder in your calendar. It works well and is a great feature.

lean fish varieties general food categories search for fish foodkeeper app vegetarian proteins

2 Replies to “Review of the USDA's FoodKeeper App for Smartphones”

  1. I got the app on my smartphone by searching just for Foodkeeper, but was dismayed to learn that there is no calendar function as suggested by this article. Nonetheless, this appears an adequate way to track freshness of food stuff.

    1. John, Thanks for your input.

      Try this:

      Open the App
      Click Beverages
      Click Coffee
      Click the small white icon in the top of the App that looks like a grid / wall calendar.

      Clicking this calendar icon results in the option to automatically add a refrigeration time reminder to the calendar in your phone.

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