Real Food Expiration Dates

Posted on December 3rd, 2012 by Discount Debbie

I remember when I was younger, probably around 10, I drank chunky milk. I probably didn’t even know about expiration dates, but that changed that day. However, in my attempt to avoid all chunky milk, I went a little overboard and now I throw away more food than I should. Expiration dates aren’t the be all, end all. Some food lasts way longer than the dates that are stamped on them. Here are just a few commonly used foods and when they really shouldn’t be eaten.

 1. Fresh eggs-You can eat these jewels 3-4 weeks after their stamped expiration date.

2. Milk-all opened milk last 5-7 days past the printed date.

3. Bread-the kind you buy pre-packaged in the store lasts 5-7 days past it’s expiration. In the freezer though, it lasts up to 6 months.

4. White rice-uncooked white rice lasts 4-5 years in your pantry. If it’s cooked though, it’s best you eat within 5-7 days.

5. White potatoes-These last longer in the fridge than the pantry. In the fridge they are good for 4-5 months and in pantry only 3-5 weeks. Sweet potatoes have a slightly shorter shelf life.

For an exhausted list of foods and when you should eat them by, go HERE. Remember waste not, want not!


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