I am helping a family organize their basement and pantry area. Last week I was going through the pantry area and there were tons of food items that were expired so I started throwing those items into a pile to toss. Well, the mother turned to me and asked, why are we throwing food away? I replied, "Most of these items have expired years ago” She looked at me all confused and said, "I didn't realized boxed, canned food, and juice expired" Eeeeek!
Now, I'm a little surprised that someone had no idea that some foods expired.
I guess my question is are there others out there who did not know this?
Or do you have any similar stories?
Originally Posted by A&A
While visiting my aunt, we had the choice of eating five year-old peanut butter or month-old lunchmeat. We went with the peanut butter!
Yeah I think I'd choose PB also!!
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Originally Posted by Ilovelife
I have to say that I don't take the expiration dates on certain foods very seriously. I won't use milk or cream that's a week expired, but the dates on things like pasta, canned foods, even BEER! seem a bit overkill to me. They are just an estimate anyway, and it's generally not that the food will harm you after taht date, just that it is less nutritious. Not a good thing, but also not that big a deal with those types of foods that aren't so nutritious to begin with anyway! JMO
What did people do before expiration date labels???
I really believe there is a reason why there are expiration dates on food. Especially packaged, or processed food. Just thinking about it grosses me out. The food changes and that is why there is an expiration date. Nutrition, and in other ways. I would not want to eat food that has been in can a year past it's expiration date! Eeeeeew
|Dates are printed on many food products. After the date expires, must you discard that food? In most cases, no. A calendar date may be stamped on a product's package to help the store determine how long to display the product for sale. It is not a safety date. Calendar dates are found primarily on perishable foods such as dairy products, eggs, meat and poultry. Coded dates might appear on shelf stable products such as cans and boxes of food.|
|I have to say that I don't take the expiration dates on certain foods very seriously. I won't use milk or cream that's a week expired, but the dates on things like pasta, canned foods, even BEER! seem a bit overkill to me.|
When my partner's family moved house, I packed up the kitchen for them. There was a tin of black treacle that "expired" in 1996.
We opened it... It tasted fine - we used it in flapjacks - but the pressure had changed in the tin & there was a mini explosion when we opened it!
That's my most exciting expired food story.
I actually set expiration dates for food at my job. Most dates you see are shelf-life dates, and the food is not unsafe afterwards, but may be not-so-tasty. Doritoes have fat in them, and the fat is considered too likely to go rancid on the date on the package. Rancid doritoes are not bad for you, but don't taste good.
Moldy bread - also not bad for you, but not tasty. Might give you a stomachache. Certainly not for the mold sensative.
On canned food - it's safe unless it has a bulging can. Dented cans are suspect - I use them, but the manufacturor will advise you dump them. If you open it and the contents don't have an aroma or are faded, it's a sign that it's degraded. It's not unhealthy, but it won't taste good.
After 4 m/c, our is here!
Even bbq sauce I only like having it in my fridge open for a month or so....then I panic and think bacteria is growing in it....
I am just paranoid of getting sick ...I've heard that just because something smells fine doesnt mean that it's ok to eat......
Anyone have tips on how long mayo, sour cream, dip, yogurt is good for once it's been opened? Thanks ladies......
Originally Posted by Jennisee
I just read on the Horizon website that the date stamped on their eggs is a "Sell By" date, but if properly refrigerated in the original container, they will last 3 weeks past the "Sell By" date. Kind of interesting.
Originally Posted by mightymoo
I've noticed that the Horizon organic milk stocked at the supermarket often has a sell by date that is 5 or 6 weeks in the future, where the typical non-organic milk (and the other organic brands) are only two weeks or so away. I've been puzzling as to why that is.