There’s a hard balance to achieve when you go grocery shopping. Buy too much; waste food. Buy too little; waste time going back to the store. Well, for those who can’t seem to eat all of their food before it expires, DO NOT throw it away!
It’s always a good idea to be aware of how long you’ve had food in your fridge and when it will go bad. But is the expiration date merely a suggestion?
The expiration dates are valid and very helpful, but in some cases you can stretch the shelf-life of your food.
Some people don’t bat an eye when throwing away expired food, others investigate and determine whether it’s good or not. Can you imagine how much money you would save if you didn’t immediately throw away your “bad food”?
Here are a few products that you can get away with keeping in the house a little longer than you expect.
I bet you didn’t anticipate seeing eggs on this list! Well, there’s a quick little trick to tell if your eggs are still good or not. Place the egg in a bowl of water. If the egg sinks to the bottom, it’s still okay to eat, but if it floats, throw it away. Eggs can last up to weeks after their expiration date.
When it comes to fresh veggies, use your best judgement. Take a whiff, squeeze to test firmness, feel the texture. You get the idea. If you have a bad feeling about it toss it, but if it appears to be okay eat it!
Milk is another one that seems like a bad idea to keep past expiration. However the Los Angeles Times says, “pasteurized milk will keep 50% longer if you store it at a lower temperature. Try storing at the back of the fridge rather than the fridge door.” Again, unscrew the top and take a good sniff. That is always a good indictor.
Have you ever poured yourself a giant bowl of cereal and when you take the first bite you realize it’s stale? It happens to the best of us. As it turns out, you can consume expired cereal 6 months after it’s expiration date. Just because it’s stale doesn’t mean it’s gone bad.
The worst is when you’re pulling out your favorite cheese and there’s big green moldy spot right on top. Do you throw it away? No! It’s safe to cut off the mold and continue eating the rest of the block. Hard cheeses are crumbly and dry like aged cheddar, gouda, parmesan, etc.
How many times have you probably thrown away perfectly good food?
I’m thankful for the U.S. Department of Agriculture for determining expiration dates, but I’m also glad to know I can make my food stretch a little longer.
Who knew some of your food could still be consumed after the expiration date? Please share this list– by doing so you will save your friends money and extra trips to the grocery store!