We’ve all done it—drank from a questionable carton of milk, mowed down on the remains of old yogurt, and even dared cook meat that had been in the freezer for a few months (well 6 to be exact).
You’re not alone and you’re not necessarily wrong to try to salvage food instead of throwing it away when it’s expired it’s “best before” due date.
Yes, there are several foods you can consume safely past the expiry date on their packaging…
With the amount of chemicals and beverage additives in carbonated drinks, it shouldn’t surprise you that they last a really long time. Just to give you a perspective of the shelf life—diet pop is good up to 4 months past the shelf life expiry date while regular-surgery soda can stand up for 9 months past it’s due date.
2. Processed Cereal
If there’s a pending apocalypse, you should really stock up on boxed cereal…as long as you don’t mind a little less crunch in your bowl. In fact, despite getting a bit stale and losing flavor, processed cereals will last 6 months past their due date—especially if you do what I do and use an elastic to seal them from open air.
You might be surprised that I’d include a dairy product on this list. However, butter, unlike most other dairy products freezes quite well for months at a time. So if you have an unopened package of butter approaching its due date, pop it in the freezer and take it out and thaw it for baking. Just be sure to use the whole block after thawing.
4. Cow Beef
You might be too frightened to trifle with consuming raw beef past the due date (and I don’t blame you one bit). However, if it’s cooked through, you can pop it in the fridge and consume it 5 days past the due date. Just be sure to cook it completely, no medium rare cuts.
5. Hard Cheese
I never finished all of my old nippy cheddar before the expiry date. Then before I know it, little green patches are forming on my favorite snack. However, I’ve learned if I anticipate not mowing down on the whole block before the expiry date, I still have 4 weeks until it spoils completely.
I would never suggest cooking raw chicken breasts or legs past their due date. However, freezing that package prior to its “best before” date is perfectly acceptable. In fact, I’ve safely frozen a package of almost expired chicken thighs, only to thaw and cook them in my crock pot a year later.
7. Potato Chips
They might lose a bit of that oh-so-flavorful crunch, but chips are so full of chemicals and additives for processing that you can eat those months after the “best before” date on the bag. Just don’t serve them to guests.
What do you mean there no pork on your fork after the expiry date? You really don’t have to let that fine cut of pork loin or a whole pork roast go in the trash. As long as it’s cooked completely prior to expiry, you can safely eat it 3 days past its “best before” packaging date.
I know if you looked in my fridge right now, you’d find a jar or two of expired mayonnaise. That’s because my kids always push it to the back of the fridge and I go buy a new one thinking that we’re out. However, I’ve learned that opened jar is go to use 3 to 4 months after it’s expired—as long as it’s always been stored at the right temperature (i.e., never left out on the counter).
10. Dill Pickles
The same goes for your favorite yet forgotten jar of dill pickles. As a general rule, if the product is preserved and stored in salt and acidic liquid, such as vinegar and brine, you can pick a pickle past its due date.
Source: Emily Lockhart | Activebeat.com