Five Foods to Avoid Because They Spoil Easily

When you take a trip to your local grocery store with a shopping list in hand, you may think you are shopping in an organized way that will help you save money. However, depending on the foods you choose to buy, you may actually be wasting time, money and food because you are limited with how quickly you can eat the foods you purchase. Therefore, you must consider the shelf lives of the foods you intend to buy so you can shop more efficiently. Certain foods spoil so quickly that it may not make sense for you to buy them. You may simply need to be careful about when you buy these foods or how much of each food product you buy at one time. If you have a large family or a large freezer, it may make sense to buy foods in bulk, but if you live alone or have limited food storage capabilities, you will need to adjust your shopping trips accordingly. Below is a list of five foods to avoid because they spoil easily.


One of the most dangerous types of foods is raw seafood, otherwise known as sushi. Sushi is not only prone to spoiling quickly after purchase, but it may potentially be spoiled before you ever purchase and consume it. Many types of fish and marine life carry bacteria and microorganisms which cause them to spoil quickly and become hazardous to your health. Those microorganisms can sometimes be killed during the freezing or cooking process. However, sushi is not cooked, and even sushi that has been frozen and then thawed can still contain harmful bacteria in some cases.

Even seafood that will eventually be cooked has a very short shelf life which can become even shorter if it is not transported and processed properly. If you live in an area where fresh seafood is not readily available, you must remember that the seafood you see in your local grocery store has already begun to lose its freshness. If the seafood is not stored on ice or processed and packaged properly, then its already short shelf life of a few days becomes shorter. Therefore, you should never purchase seafood unless you are intending to eat it right away and you obtain it from a reliable source.

Banana Bunches

Bananas have a shelf life that varies based on the conditions in which they are kept. However, when compared to certain other fruits, such as apples, they always last for a comparatively shorter period of time. The natural gases that slowly build up inside bananas contribute to the browning of the peels and, eventually, the insides. Bananas also spoil faster when they are kept in warm temperatures because microorganisms and bacteria invade them and quickly multiply. Therefore, if you choose to keep your bananas on a counter or table, they may only last a few days. In the fridge, they may last slightly longer. If you like bananas but want to avoid waste, purchase them individually or consider purchasing a package of dried banana chips, which have a longer shelf life.


Fresh berries, such as blueberries or blackberries, are among the foods that are most susceptible to outside forces, which can reduce their shelf lives. For example, warm temperatures can cause berries to rot much faster than they would in a refrigerator. However, even in a refrigerator, berries only tend to last an average of about three days because moisture and bacteria can cause them to degrade. Berries are also prone to developing visible mold, which can contaminate an entire container of berries, even if it is only visible on a single berry. Over time, throwing out several batches of berries because a few berries are visibly contaminated can cause you to waste a lot of money.

Deli Meat

Although many people think purchasing deli meat is better than purchasing prepackaged lunch meat, deli meat has a shorter shelf life. When you purchase deli meat at your local grocery store it may spoil in as little as three days and is likely to last for no more than five days. Vacuum packed or commercially packaged lunch meats with preservatives are likely to stay edible in your refrigerator for as long as two weeks. The exact shelf life will vary depending on the type of meat and the processing methods used, as well as the temperature of your refrigerator.

Fresh Green Beans Purchased from a Grocery Store

Green beans are among the fresh vegetables with the shortest shelf lives. Due to transportation and processing times, green beans you buy at your local grocery store may only have about three days of shelf time left. Green beans are also sensitive to ethylene, a chemical produced by many other fruits and vegetables stored in the fridge. Therefore, if you store your green beans too close to certain fruits and vegetables, they will be more likely to spoil at a rapid rate. If you must purchase green beans, do so on the day you intend to use them or the day before. Alternatively, consider growing your own or buying canned or frozen green beans.