It’s difficult to imagine a time when food safety wasn’t a huge concern among the public, but the truth is that health codes weren’t always as strict as they are today. We’re lucky to live in a time where food manufacturers are required to implement high standards to ensure the products we consume don’t harm us.
Paying mind to any product’s expiration date is always important. However, the expiration date isn’t always a hard and fast rule. Depending on the type of food, there is some wiggle room—and you might be surprised at which items can be consumed past their printed sell-by dates!
It might get stale, but bread past its expiration date can be safely eaten, even if there is some slight mold on it. If the bread smells sour or spoiled, don’t eat it, but you can always slice a moldy end off and enjoy the rest of the loaf. Stale bread makes excellent French toast and croutons, so don’t toss it out because it’s “too old.”
While it may begin to get a little stale, cereal has a true shelf life long beyond its printed expiration date. Like many foods, if it is stored properly — in this case, in a cool, dry place — cereal can last months after the sell-by date. The next time you see a sale on your favorite brand, don’t hesitate to stock up, because it will last you.
For How Long: Two Years
“You can still eat it from one to two years. However, it will not be as tasty as it originally was, so it’s recommended to simply use it as an ingredient in baking.”
Eggs are another staple that people don’t always use up within the expiry date label. Here’s a trick to check if eggs have gone without cracking them open: place in a bowl of water to check its buoyancy. If it sinks, it’s still safe to eat; if it floats, throw it in the compost bin.
5.Cookies, Crackers and Chips
When cookies or chips get old, the stale taste is quite obvious. But as long as it doesn’t smell bad (the oils in the cookie may go off over a long period of time), and it doesn’t crumble apart in your hand, then it’s okay to eat more of those snacks.
Raw ground meat is perfect for making pasta with meat sauce and burger patties, but it doesn’t last too long past sell-by, Moon says. It’ll stay fresh for one to two days beyond the expiration date when refrigerated, so no need to worry. Anything after that could be hazardous, though.
Don’t throw out your Greek yogurt just yet and let those probiotics go to waste. It’ll last one to two weeks past its sell-by date if refrigerated. Yet if it’s been sitting out on the counter, it could spoil, so be sure to put it in the fridge ASAP upon bringing it back home from the store, Moon says.
Dairy products, like butter, are also difficult to consume entirely before the due date. The exception to this is when you’re baking because we all know how much butter is actually in those amazing, melt-in-your-mouth cookies.
However, you can store butter in the freezer and thaw it when you need to use it for a few additional months.
While you shouldn’t be drinking this liquid sugar, sometimes you just have to have your fix! But don’t feel the need to down these drinks too quickly.
Diet soda lasts up to 4 months past its due date before the artificial sweeteners break down—while regular soda can safely last up to 9 months.