items still useable after expiration date

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items still useable after expiration date

I know it sounds a little gross, but considering that it's often cheaper to buy stuff in bulk, what are things you can still use after the expiration date has passed and how long can you still use it. I'm thinking about buying larger quantities, but it would be a waste if I'd end up throwing away perfectly usable stuff just because the expiration date has passed.

Food expiration dates can be a confusing thing. The dates are basically telling us when the product is at its best flavor. That doesn't mean you will get sick if you eat it after the expiration date, it just might not taste as good or the same.

There are several items I buy in bulk when they are on sale. Pastas, cereals, rice are some examples. If the packages aren't open there is no problem. If you do have opened pasta or cereal, just make sure they are in air tight containers. They will keep long past any expiry date.

I also stock up on canned goods. As long as the can isn't dented or damaged in any way, they will keep for long periods of time.

I'm a little more cautious with dairy and meats. For the most part, I do use these products before or just after their expiry date.

The expiration date on boxed goods like Rice A Roni is more of a guideline or "best by" date. It doesn't mean you can't eat it past that date, it just means stores can't sell it past that date.

You shouldn't ignore the expiration dates on dairy or meat, but with dry goods that go in your pantry, you have a little more leeway.

I also organize boxed goods in my cupboard so that things that are expiring first are in the front and get used first.

Great topic here, I'm thinking to do the same. I think it is important how you store things, as blueeyes said, if containers of dry goods are still closed, some months past expiration date should be fine. If opened, it depends if other things such as dust, humidity or even other food has gotten in (or could've gotten in): mould can be formed, or the taste will not be the same anymore.

What can you stock? Basically anything that's packed airtight, in bricks or canned and dry goods. Salt, pepper, other (dried) herbs, vinegar and all kinds of oils, sugar, honey (it can get sugary, but if you heat it a bit, it turns liquid again). Chocolate is also a good one, as well as things like rice, pasta, cereals.

Things that keep a rather long time (long enough to buy more than you'll eat in one or two weeks: tomatoes (be careful with them, if they fall or bump a bit on the way home, they won't stay that long), potatoes, onions.

Some things you shouldn't use after expiration date, as mentioned before: dairy of all kinds, meat, eggs, vegetables and fruit, fruit juice, soups. In any case, nothing that smells or looks weird or tastes odd. Throwing things away seems a waste of money (and food of course), but after all, doctors aren't cheap either ;-)

I've heard that in some cases eggs can be eaten after their expiration date, but I've never been brave enough to take my chances. Someone once told me that in Europe that the eggs sold in markets aren't even refrigerated. They're probably much fresher than the ones sold here in the US at our supermarkets though.

I have often used items that are past their expiration date. We have so many items that are processed to last a long time, so the date is really just a guideline, and not a hard and fast rule.
The main exception here would be fresh food items. Salad packages can be going bad, even before the expiration date, so you always need to check the package for wilted lettuce before purchasing it, regardless of the date.
Packages of things like crackers ad cookies should be fine even long after the expiration,, but may not taste as fresh.

Europian here. I can tell you, eggs are always refrigerated here in supermarkets. I know you can still eat them if they haven't spoiled yet which can be detected rather easily http://www.wikihow.com/Tell-if-an-Egg-is-Bad

I think it's extremely wasteful to throw out food just because it has passed its sell-by date. Fresh food items do need to be cooked and consumed quite soon after purchase, but food that is purchased in a bottle, jar or can does not suddenly deteriorate when the sell by date has passed.

When buying in bulk it's important to rotate your supplies so the oldest is always consumed before more recent purchases.

I shop at a local store which buys surplus stock and some out-of-date food items and sells them at a fraction of the original selling price.

I've often used canned foods that were beyond the date on the can... sometimes pretty much past. Where I draw the line on that is when the soup or sauce starts tasting "metallic" like the can. I'm not sure if that's actually dangerous or not, but that's what I use to determine whether or not to eat food in an outdated can.

Yes, I would agree that usually that date is when things are "best buy" and while you shouldn't eat them weeks and weeks after, at least a few days is fine. We always seem to have milk that is past it's "best" date, but we usually drink it within a few days from that date. I would agree that nothing happens to crackers and cookies or canned goods. I also stock my shelves with the rotating technique so that whatever is newest goes in the back so the stuff we've had for a while gets consumed first.

I've also seen that a lot of items are marked with a "sell by date" which is different than the expiration date. That may seem like common sense, but if you don't look closely and just see the date you might get confused.

We got items from the food pantry when I was a young girl and I remember almost all of the items that were given to us were a day or two over their expiration date or just about to expire. My mom and I always ate that food and never got sick from it, even if we ate it a few days past it's "date"

Never use a boxed cake after the expiration date. One phone call to the Betty Crocker hotline will teach you to never take this risk. Flour changes at the chemical level over time. Mold grows and can cause serious illnesses.

Most items can be eaten after the date, but be careful with brownie, cake and cookie mixes that are boxed.

I forgot to mention how a lot of our local supermarkets here in Europe have some designated place or other way to mark which of their products are nearing their expiration date. They sell at half the original price or even less. I always check them: meat can be frozen, other things will still be ok long after the shop is not allowed to sell them anymore, and it's cool to have a treat of some cake that will expire soon. As fresh cooking or cakes don't last long when in our house, I don't bother that expiration date is today or tomorrow, it'll be finished by then :-)

So, not only you don't waste stuff by knowing what lasts beyond expiration date, also you can find good deals if you know where to look :-)

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