Ok, we have had this discussion so many times and yet I always feel it needs to be repeated.
There are NO expiration dates!! NO expiration dates!!!! NO expiration dates!!!!
(except baby formula)
Now that being said - there are just some people who are determined the dates on food mean everything. SOMEHOW the food in that can or box or bag - magically knows what the date is - and it magically goes bad!!!!! REALLY?
Those dates are not mandated by the government and manufacturers use them - in my opinion - just to get you to buy more! Yep, they are some sneaky snakes for sure.
Dates mean nothing to me. I know for a fact that things last a long. long time from the dates.
MOST dates are "sell by" or "best if used by" - NOT EXPIRES! Can you tell this just drives me crazy?
Let me show you an example of how stinking misleading this can be.
I got a turkey out of the freezer that I bought LAST fall. (I see people ask on FB all the time - "should I throw it away?") YIKES!!! How much food and money was wasted before they had a brain cell that said ASK!
Any way - let me show you something.
Yet, there are people who would simply throw this away. It just makes me sick the food waste that we have in this country and others. SO many hungry people - and so many 'igits' in this world that just waste and waste some more.
PLEASE if I get nothing else across to all my readers - I implore you to not throw food away. Don't waste things because you are relying on a date. Please refrain from using the word expires - it DOESN'T!!!!!!
I hope you all have big plans for leftovers from this upcoming holiday food. Use it, remake it, freeze it, can it, donate it, send it home with others - just DON'T waste it.
ON A SIDE NOTE:
If you are the praying type - please say a prayer for Kim's family over at Out My Window (see & click on my side bar). Her family has just received the most horrific news any family could possibly receive. Two small children were murdered by someone they trusted. So tragic and so evil. My heart goes out to her entire family, especially her dear nephew.
I do not understand these things, except to think God needed innocent, precious angels.
Lift them in prayer or good thoughts to whatever higher power you follow.
They were just little lambs of God - so innocent and trusting and precious.
God please help this family cope and understand that these babies are now with You and in Your arms. Let them be special angels to others. Amen