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Old 12-29-2012   #1
 
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"Sell-by" dates - Don't Fear That Expired Food

This is what I've suspected (and lived by) for years and confirms my suspicion that these dates are mainly something the manufacturers put on packaging as CYA.

Don't Fear That Expired Food

Music to my ears...

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If your food isn't expiring you will have more problems than is my food good or not. Ill pass on the preservatives and eat fresh food that goes bad..
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Haha! I don't think I'll show this to my husband, although maybe I will be less of an expiration date cop.
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Expiration Date Nazi

My wife is always getting rid of items that have reached the "Sell By" date. We argue about this all the time. I say that most items can go a minimum of a week after the sell by date has been reached. Some food items are irradiated and then packed and will last an eternity if stored in a cool dry location.

I have chowed down on snack pack pudding that was over 5 years passed the expiration date and still looked and tasted like it was right off the store shelf. I have also eaten MRE's that were over 15 years old and I am still here to talk about it.

Now beer is another story. I have a six pack of Billy Beer from the 1970's that I am sure is not good to drink. Gotta have fresh PBR!
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I have a six pack of Billy Beer from the 1970's that I am sure is not good to drink.
Was it good to drink in the 1970s?
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Was it good to drink in the 1970s?
Good point! Probably not!
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Was it good to drink in the 1970s?
No, I can tell you from experience. Even with a palate accustomed to cheap beer, Billy Beer was still lousy swill. I can't imagine it's improved with age...

That said, I've probably eaten some MRE components that were over a decade old, along with canned food that was much older than I'd want to think about and it was still fine. There's a story of a shed in Antartica full of canned crackers from one of the expeditions around the turn of the last century (Scott, I think) and they're still edible.

Mike - the article applies to dairy products, meat, cereals, and lots of other foods that aren't packed with a ton of preservatives. Also, canned foods can last for years (avoid if the can is starting to buldge out). The point of this post is to encourage folks to use some judgement and trust your nose rather than going strictly by the date on the packaging.

Bon appetit!

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If you look, the gallons of water at the grocery store have expiration dates too. I think it's part CYA and part manufactured demand from the corporations putting the food out.
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Doritos Still Good

Today my wife as cleaning out the pantry and was going to throw away a unopened bag of Doritos that had a best by date of 9/25/2012. I rescued the bag and opened them. They were just fine and tasted good!
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Hope they cured the 'munchies''!!
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