They are speaking of expiration dates on food products.
Have you heard screaming or yelling off in the distance the past few weeks? If so, know it was me yelling at my computer!!!!!
Folks THERE ARE NO EXPERATION DATES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MOST items have a "best if used by" date. This is a date that the manufacturer places on the item designating a date for the highest and best quality of the product. It is STRICTLY about quality - NOT safety. Products do not magically go bad on that date.
Most canned products have dates that are 2 - 3 years out. If it is good all that time, I don't think more time is going to hurt anything.
I have eaten store bought canned food that was at least 2 years past the "best by" date. Not a thing wrong with it.
If your cans are not swelled or rusted - the product should be fine.
Seriously - did you know salt contains a 'use by' date? If kept dry, it is good forever, AND YES it is millions of years old already!
There are also "sell by" dates. These are added by the grocer. This is the last date that they feel they should offer it at regular price. It in no way has anything to do with the freshness of the food. That "sell by" date is not mandatory.
If so compelled, reach to the back of a shelf for your purchases - the dates will probably be further in the future.
I haven't purchased any, but I do believe that baby formula may have an ACTUAL "expiration date". If that is the case, I would follow it since it is vulnerable babies that are involved.
I just keep seeing women my age (or close) on several FB pages asking what do I do with this before it expires in a day or two! I threw such and such away yesterday, as it hit it's expiration date. Then they ask what others do.
REALLY? How much money over all the years have these people literally thrown in the trash, before asking the question at this stage in life? It totally amazes me.
My husband hears me yelling at the computer some days - and his words of wisdom are "maybe nobody has ever told them". Well, no one ever told me either - I just used common sense!
We have a family member that always has a table full of products that have hit their 'best by' date to throw away! When a friend asks if she can have it - the answer is always NO, "I am going to open it and throw it out" is the answer. I am sorry that is just selfishness and greed. Why would you not want to help someone out that has little if you could?
Can you hear me screaming yet?????? AAARRGGGHHHHH
This morning I opened a new sealed container of cottage cheese that actually had a "use by" date of 1/14/18. Yep, I just opened it today and G said it was perfect. TIP: Once you open cottage cheese, sour cream or dip, place the lid back on securely and refrigerate upside down. It keeps the air out and keeps it fresh longer!!
Heavens, cottage cheese is already curdled milk (ick - I don't eat it), and sour cream is already soured - what could a few days more possibly do to it? LOL
The milk we are currently using (have about one day left) says 'sell by' 1/24/18. It tastes perfect. I often don't even open a gallon until a week or two after that 'sell by' date. I keep it at the back of the frig on the lowest shelf and it stays incredibly cold.
Meat is about the only thing that I truly watch the dates on. Even then you have a few days leeway. If it smells ok and looks ok - odds are it's ok.
We all have occasionally found that one container in the frig that we can not identify the contents of! YUCK - that is bad. Green and moldy is bad. A random date is not.
My whole point is - dates are arbitrary! REMEMBER the manufacturer and the grocers want you to buy more and spend more money.
PLEASE do not throw something away just because it is past a date. You might as well throw dollar bills into the trash can.
ROTATE, ROTATE, ROTATE you pantry. Always put newer purchases to the back and older up front.
I know most of you know this, but perhaps someone doesn't. I just despise waste, and want to make everyone else aware. There are so many hungry people in this world who would be grateful for anything, and we throw things away because they hit some random date!
THINK AND SAVE!