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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Food Expiration Dates - When to Discard Food

Dr. Oz always has something interesting on his show and yesterday it was about food expiration dates. He clarified some of the terminology.

Best Use By Date: This is for the stores and is more about taste. The producers feel that after this date the food may lose some of its flavor.

Expiration Date: Again this is more for the stores and is about taste not whether a food has gone "bad"

Packed on Day: This is simply the day the package was put in a box.

Sell by: Another message for the store to assure the taste and flavor is good

Best used by: The flavor may change after this date or possibly become discolored but doesn't mean it isn't good to eat.

Be more careful with baby formula though. Although after the expiration date the formula is still okay to use, some of the nutrients may go down.

Cans can be used 2-5 years after post date.
Pasta lasts at least 2 years.

Dairy and Meat
Milk you can use 2-3 days after the expiration date (do a taste and smell test). Store at the back of the fridge and not in the door.
Eggs you can use 3-5 weeks after purchase. Store in the back on the fridge, not in the door.
Poultry - Use 1-2 days after you buy it but can store 9-12 months in the freezer.
Meat - 3-5 days - store 9-12 months in freezer

Where to store food
How long to store food in the fridge
Expiration Dates - When to toss food out


Joanne said...

or you can be like my father and truly not worry about it - especially canned goods. I think that's the key to his long life so far. He has an amazing constitution.

K9friend said...

I hate to think how old some of the things in my frig are. This is good motivation to clean it out!

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