Do you ever eat food after the expiration date?


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Toni Pauze Profile
Toni Pauze answered


In the trash it goes.

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HappyTo BeHereTo
HappyTo BeHereTo commented
Same here. I wish they'd work out some logical standardization for "Sell By Date" vs. "Expiration Date." I've probably pitched a lot of good food. Still, better safe than sorry.
Ancient Hippy Profile
Ancient Hippy answered

It depends on what it is. Cookies, cakes, eggs......yep.
Meat, canned goods, way.

Ancient One Profile
Ancient One answered

I trry not too.

Yin And Yang Profile
Yin And Yang answered

My philosophy is "when in doubt, throw it out!"

Wesley Crusher Profile
Wesley Crusher answered

I usually have a bad habit of not checking condiments like ketchup and mustard. Otherwise I hardly have anything that would expire before it's eaten, maybe some steaks that are on sale but those get frozen and eaten within a few months. Vegetables, you know you don't want to eat it just by looking at it if it gets to that point.

Benefits of meal prepping! Saving time, money, and waste.

Tom  Jackson Profile
Tom Jackson answered

....printed food dates are not federally regulated and do not refer to food safety. Thus, it is usually safe to eat your "expired" food after its printed date has passed. This article helps you determine what’s in a "use by", "best before", "best by" or "sell by" date to help you break away from the food date myth. Utilize our shelf life resource and stop throwing out perfectly good food

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HappyTo BeHereTo
HappyTo BeHereTo commented
Excellent link!! I bookmarked it. :)
Tom  Jackson
Tom Jackson commented
I was impressed with that link as well---rather detailed.

If the internet is down, common sense works well about 97% of the time.

But watch out for that other 3%
Michael Poland Profile
Michael Poland answered

There are all kinds of warnings on things

none of which should be ignored.

Protect your body at all costs.

You only get one every life until 3036.

At this time part changes will become available.

Janis Haskell Profile
Janis Haskell answered

I do it on an item-by-item basis.  If the chips say "best by" and they still taste good, I eat them.  If the bread is still soft and mold free, I'll use it.  If the meat says "use by", I throw it out after that date.

Taila Nevado Profile
Taila Nevado answered

That depends on what food it is. Usually, something is safe to eat for a few
days after the “best by” date. However, I would not recommend consuming milk
and other such products and always make sure to smell and taste everything
before eating it. Hope that helps you!

Have a good day. :)

Mia Rafnil Profile
Mia Rafnil answered

Yes, but unintentionally... I took a mouthful of dissolved medicines, and it tasted so strange that I found it had been expired.

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