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    [email protected] Guest

    Default Sell by versus expiration date

    I hardly ever see an expiration date on food anymore. So, what's the difference
    between the "sell by" date and the "expiration" date? I'm especially concerned
    with eggs and milk but also about other foods once they're opened. Thanks.

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    Chemo the Clown Guest

    Default Re: Sell by versus expiration date

    On Jun 15, 4:26*pm, rfd...@optonline.net wrote:
    > I hardly ever see an expiration date on food anymore. So, what's the difference
    > between the "sell by" date and the "expiration" date? I'm especially concerned
    > with eggs and milk *but also about other foods once they're opened. Thanks.


    Eat smarter and you won't have to worry.

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    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Sell by versus expiration date


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    >I hardly ever see an expiration date on food anymore. So, what's the
    >difference
    > between the "sell by" date and the "expiration" date? I'm especially
    > concerned
    > with eggs and milk but also about other foods once they're opened.
    > Thanks.


    The sell by date is when they have to pull it off the shelf if it hasn't
    sold. It may or may not be good at that point. If you have it at home it's
    up to you to decide whether or not to use it. Most milk is still good 7
    days after you open them.

    Eggs are easy to tell if they are fresh or not. Put one in water. If it
    sinks, it's still good. If it floats, toss it.

    Once you open something it can go bad quickly. But it depends on what it
    is. Here's some info.:

    http://www.fmi.org/consumer/foodkeeper/brochure.cfm



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    Bryan Guest

    Default Re: Sell by versus expiration date

    On Jun 15, 6:44*pm, Chemo the Clown <bhansen1...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > On Jun 15, 4:26*pm, rfd...@optonline.net wrote:
    >
    > > I hardly ever see an expiration date on food anymore. So, what's the difference
    > > between the "sell by" date and the "expiration" date? I'm especially concerned
    > > with eggs and milk *but also about other foods once they're opened. Thanks.

    >
    > Eat smarter and you won't have to worry.


    They have a food bank at my work. They weed out any donations of
    canned goods that are past date, and I just got a bunch of cans of
    Swanson Broth, and also some cans of off brand (anything other than
    Swanson) broth. Even the off brand stuff is fairly decent for boiling
    potatoes for mashed potatoes. The Swanson is good for other uses as
    well. Eggs are good for months past their "sell by" date as long as
    they're kept refrigerated, though the yolks are more fragile when
    they're old. Milk never gets anywhere near its date in this house.

    --Bryan

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    [email protected] Guest

    Default Re: Sell by versus expiration date

    On Jun 15, 7:26*pm, rfd...@optonline.net wrote:
    > I hardly ever see an expiration date on food anymore. So, what's the difference
    > between the "sell by" date and the "expiration" date? I'm especially concerned
    > with eggs and milk *but also about other foods once they're opened. Thanks.


    Think of a "sell by" date as a "best by" date. The food is still
    perfectly good to eat but the quality may not be as good.

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    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Sell by versus expiration date

    Bryan wrote:
    > On Jun 15, 6:44 pm, Chemo the Clown <bhansen1...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    >> On Jun 15, 4:26 pm, rfd...@optonline.net wrote:
    >>
    >>> I hardly ever see an expiration date on food anymore. So, what's
    >>> the difference between the "sell by" date and the "expiration"
    >>> date? I'm especially concerned with eggs and milk but also about
    >>> other foods once they're opened. Thanks.

    >>
    >> Eat smarter and you won't have to worry.

    >
    > They have a food bank at my work. They weed out any donations of
    > canned goods that are past date, and I just got a bunch of cans of
    > Swanson Broth, and also some cans of off brand (anything other than
    > Swanson) broth. Even the off brand stuff is fairly decent for boiling
    > potatoes for mashed potatoes. The Swanson is good for other uses as
    > well. Eggs are good for months past their "sell by" date as long as
    > they're kept refrigerated, though the yolks are more fragile when
    > they're old. Milk never gets anywhere near its date in this house.


    Curious about how you make your mashed potatoes. I used to boil them in
    salted water, then add broth intead of milk and olive oil instead of butter.
    I thought they were good but SIL (that's sister in law for you Andy) thought
    they tasted weird.



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