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What Food Spoils The Fastest?

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Robin Burden answered
Raw fish and chicken are considered to spoil fast, and berries, bananas, broccoli and green beans all go off relatively quickly too.

Any fresh food - when put into a bacteria-friendly environment - will begin to spoil rapidly.

Essentially, food begins to spoil as soon as it is attacked by micro-organisms like bacteria or yeast.

What food spoils the fastest?
I'd say raw fish and other uncooked seafood has the potential to spoil very quickly. Outside a refrigerator, bacteria can multiply to dangerous levels on seafood within a few hours. Chicken also falls into the 'red zone' of food deterioration.

In terms of spoiling through ripening, several fruits and vegetables are also considered fast-spoiling. Fruits and vegetables release or breathe out a gas called ethylene, which softens the flesh of the produce in question.

What fruit and vegetables spoil the quickest?
Raspberries are notorious for becoming soft and moldy within a couple of days - and other types of soft fruit like strawberries fall into a similar category.

Green beans and broccoli are also ethylene-sensitive, so keeping them next to fruits in a bowl or fridge is a bad idea, because this will speed up their already fairly short ripening and spoiling process.

Anything that already contains a high-level of bacteria has the potential to spoil very quickly. Milk and yogurt expire within a short time because of this.
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Strawberries, carrots, bread, pears, peaches, tomatoes, and bananas spoil the fastest.
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melanie hou answered
In general, fresh seafood, especially raw fish, should not be left in the refrigerator for more than one day.

In fact, it will stay even fresher if you place a bag of ice underneath it while it’s in the refrigerator.

Fresh chicken should be used in 1-2 days, or dangerous bacteria will begin to multiply exponentially.

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