When we go shopping in grocery stores, we always check whether we picked the right package of food with the “sell by date” that is furthest in the future.
Many people have an opinion that those dates are printed on packaging in order to tell us when food is going to go bad and indicate which food will last longer.
But, those “expiration” or “sell by” dates actually mean next to nothing.
The dates are not accurate. You are the one who should judge your food quality.
People usually live by the sell by or expiration dates so when we notice it is just a day or two after those dates, we will throw the food away without question.
But you should know that just because one of these dates has passed does not mean the food is expired. We might be throwing away our hard earned money.
According to the National Resource Defense Council, these dates are not reliable measures to determine if food is spoiled or not.
They are just present to indicate when the food will not be at its optimal peak freshness. The food may very well still be safe to consume.
Here is some advice that will help you check whether or not your food is still safe to eat:
Eggs: Take a bowl of cold water and put the eggs inside. The egg should sink if it is still good. If it’s spoiled, it will float.
Cheese: Cheese is supposed to smell like cheese. If it smells like milk throw it away. Soft cheeses spoil quicker than hard cheeses. If you spot mold anywhere on the soft cheese, throw the whole thing away. On hard cheese, just cut off the mold because the rest is safe to eat.
Milk: If your milk has lumps inside or smells sour, throw it away immediately.
Bread: When you spot mold on bread, throwaway the entire loaf. Invisible mold spores have already contaminated the entire thing.
Uncooked Meat: Changes in color is not a red flag. But if the meat suddenly starts to smell foul, or is sticky/slimy, throw it away.
Uncooked Seafood: If the fish or seafood is slippery, throw it away. Also, if it smells “too fishy” like it smells up your whole fridge, throw itaway.
Deli Meat: If your deli meat smells bad or it is slimmer than normal, it means it is no longer edible.
Olive Oil: “Good olive oil should smell fragrant and fruity and taste like the olives it was made from.”