18 Tips & Signs to Know What Food You Can Eat After It’s “Expired”!
For some people it’s completely normal to casually slice blue fuzz off a block of cheese, and continue making your sandwich with it. Meanwhile for others, such reckless nonchalance about expiration dates might seem alarming. Despite what you may think, there are many foods that you can actually still eat past the expiration dates on their labels. This is because the labels aren’t always accurate representations of a food’s shelf life, which in turn causes lots and lots of waste! We’ve got 18 tips and signs to eating food that’s “expired”, although maybe avoid food that smells really gone off or looks rotten!
Few things look, smell or taste as mank as sour milk. Fortunately milk is quite resilient and is good until one week after the expiry date on the carton. A handy tip to help its longevity is keeping the milk in the body of the fridge, not the door shelf.
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#2 Deli Meats
Sliced pre-packed meats like turkey and ham are usually still fine to eat one week after their “expiry” date, as long as the packet is unopened. Keep in mind though that, once opened, you’ll only be able to use it in your sandwiches for up to 5 days afterwards. Chuck meat if it’s covered in a slimy film or smells really bad!
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No matter what bread you buy, it should be fine for 5-7 days after purchase, opened or not. Keeping it well covered (within a plastic bag and kept airtight) will help your bread stay fresher for longer. You can also freeze bread to keep it for up to 3 months. But sticking it in the fridge on the other hand will make it go stale faster! And remember, if you spot mould on one slice of bread, it’s not safe to eat another slice!
Most condiments can sit safely on a shelf for literally years if unopened, but once they are, many must go right into the fridge or be ruined immediately. Ketchup is good for 1 month in a cupboard and 6 months in the refrigerator.
Fish can get fishy quickly. Raw salmon, for example, is only okay for 1-2 days in the fridge but luckily up to 2-3 months in the freezer.
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#6 Raw chicken
Raw chicken can last a whopping 9 months in the freezer and in the fridge it’s generally fine to eat 1-2 days after the date has expired. Unlike other meats, however, if your chicken has sat in room temperature for longer than 2 hours or it’s been uncovered for at least a day, it’s gotta go.
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#7 Ground Beef
Like chicken and fish, protein-packed fresh ground beef lasts up to 3 days in the fridge. Once cooked it can survive 3-4 days in the fridge, and 3-4 months in the freezer if stored before its refrigerator life ended. Avoid meat that’s a dull colour, has a sour smell, or a slimy texture.
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Did you know that that cute little moulded egg rack in your fridge door where the eggs are supposed to go isn’t actually the best place for them? This is because the temperature in the door is warmer and can actually spoil your eggs faster! Also, regardless of its expiry date: if an egg is bad, it floats in cold water; if an egg is good, it sinks. Handy!
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#9 Fresh Vegetables
Veggies like celery, onion and lettuce, can often be salvageable, even after their expiry date has passed. Trim any discoloured areas and try soaking the food for 10-15 minutes in ice water to refresh it.
#10 Hard Cheese
Hard cheese can conveniently last up to 4 weeks after its expiration date, and even after it has been opened. To keep it before it goes off, you could grate your ends and pop them into the freezer in a sealed bag for up to 3 months.
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If your mayo is bought from a supermarket and been stored in the fridge or in cool temperature after opening, it will last up to 3-4 months after its expiration date.
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Once you’ve properly cooked up your pork by the time of the expiration date, you can actually stick it in the fridge and eat it up to 3 days after. Perfect for lunches throughout the week – yay!
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Perhaps surprisingly, water doesn’t actually expire, despite having a date on its label. The only thing you should consider is the material and safety of the bottle it may be sitting in.
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There are a couple of good reasons that pasta is so popular. One is that it’s damn tasty, but secondly it can be used months after expiration dates. Dry goods tend to last much longer than they say, just make sure to keep in a cool, dry place and not the refrigerator.
#15 Fizzy Drinks
While all those chemicals in these drinks might not be too good for your health, they also mean fizzy drinks have a seriously good shelf life. Regular soda can last 9 months after expiry and diet versions for about 4 months.
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#16 Pickled Food
Any food that’s been stored in salt and acidic liquid (vinegar and brine), will last well past its use by date.
Nearly all cereal products are good to eat up to 6 months past the expiry date, provided you don’t mind a stale taste. This is pretty good news for households where not everyone likes the same cereal, and boxes take longer to consume.
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Stored in a cool, dry place, chocolate will easily outlast its expiry. Also, don’t worry about that white film that forms on old chocolate as it’s not mould but to do with the fat and sugar. But realistically, what are the chances you’ll still have chocolate for more than, like, five minutes?