Do you ever get nervous with expiration dates because you are afraid of getting sick? Well, it might mostly just be in our heads. Expiration dates are set up as way to get you to throw out products and come back to buy more which leads to a ton of wasted food that lands in dumps. Each year $218 billion worth of food gets wasted. If you think of it this way, each year the average person wastes about $400 of food.
Here is a bunch of ideas per food product:
- Bacon: safe up to one week after package is opened
- Bread: toss when moldy. To make it last longer, freeze slices and toast them to defrost.
- Canned food: up to five years
- Cheese: hard cheese like cheddar or swiss is safe to eat even if there is a spot of mold (just cut it off). Soft cheeses should be tossed if visibly moldy.
- Cereal: safe indefinitely
- Chicken: raw chicken breasts are good in the refrigerator for up to two days, cooked chicken breasts should last four days. If it smells bad or looks slimy, throw it out
- Eggs: refrigerate more than a month (here’s how to tell if you have a good egg)
- Fruits and vegetables: unless it is clearly spoiled (slimy or moldy) there's no need to toss it
- Hard salami: cut off mold and use
- Honey: safe to eat indefinitely
- Hot sauce: good for at least a year or more
- Meat: discard if meat is slimy, sticky tacky to touch or has an off odor. Color change does not always mean the meat has spoiled
- Milk: five days after the date stamped on the carton, sour milk is still good for baking
- Oils: olive oil is good for one year if stored in a dark cool place; vegetable oil is good for a year
- Spices: safe for many years
- Yogurt: good for a couple weeks past date on carton if no mold
This might make you reconsider how you eat. But the hard salami thing saying to cut off mold and eat.... um no. Sorry. If I see mold - BUH-BYE!