Our tips: Consuming food after the expiry date

16 February, 2016 ,

Lots of people think that foods that have crossed their expiry date should definitely be thrown out. But this is not necessarily the case, because this date is no guarantee of food safety. It is more of a suggestion from the manufacturer indicating the time during which the food is at its freshest. Actually this date follows the words “Best before”.

It should be noted that the law does not require manufacturers of products whose shelf life exceeds 90 days to print an expiry date on the packaging. Many do so anyway, in part to maintain proper rotation of foods in the supermarket. But this could lead to a lot of wastage.

Here are some tips and precautions to help you reduce your food wastage (and save money at the same time!)

Basic rule

Instead of relying solely on the expiry date, it is better to trust the visual appearance, odor and taste of the food. Does the expired food smell bad or look different? If it does, then throw it out. If it doesn’t, you can usually eat it, with a few exceptions.

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Cinzia Cuneo, founder of SOSCuisine.com, never wanted to neglect the quality of her food. She shares her special expertise to make good food quickly and without complications!

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One Response to “Our tips: Consuming food after the expiry date”

February 11, 2018 at 4:56 am, Jacques Lortie said:

As for condiments, their colour may change due to light (brown ketchup), but it does not change the taste.
As for the fresh milk, if kept between 2° and 4°C some “premium” brands can reach 2 weeks after the date. The trick is to take what you need and put it right back in the fridge.
I once kept an open container of 35% cream 5 weeks after the expiry date (I was out of town) and it was still good.

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