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    (Original post by effie.w)
    ..that's really not what I was saying. I meant that the package will say it is out of date, when in reality it is quite often going to still be fine.

    They put those dates on
    a) as guidelines to when it will -probably- go off
    b) so that people can't sue them after eating something bad, and
    c) so that when you see it's "out of date" you'll go "oh, better throw this out then", and buy more, and they get more money from you.

    With pretty much every food other than raw meat and fish, it's not much risk to eat something even quite a lot out date - just use common sense. If it looks, smells, or tastes wrong, don't eat it.
    Perhaps you need to rephrase it then. Because when you say "It can be months and months out of date according to the packet, and still be fine to eat" I expect you to show me a packet with these details. Perhaps you meant 'on' and not 'according to' :sly:
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    Yeah I do all the time and I'm fine. I drink milk a few days out of date but then generally it goes sour. Yoghurts I will keep eating for weeks after their use-by and they are fine. I'm currently using up a tub of butter that went out of date in january and I am literally fine haha. Fruit, veg and everything like that I usually judge by how squishy it is.

    Meat on the other hand... I'm quite wary. I did eat bacon out of date a few times without realising and I was fine though.
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    (Original post by Artymess)
    Perhaps you need to rephrase it then. Because when you say "It can be months and months out of date according to the packet, and still be fine to eat" I expect you to show me a packet with these details. Perhaps you meant 'on' and not 'according to' :sly:
    haha, maybe. sorry. I'm not very good at saying things sometimes.
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    (Original post by effie.w)
    haha, maybe. sorry. I'm not very good at saying things sometimes.
    S'ok :cute: just confused me
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    Do the smell test

    As a uni student, I've ate many expired food items. Can't be wasting food when you're at uni! Obviously if it was festering with bacteria I wouldn't touch it, but you get the point :P
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    if you can't tell it's off, it's not off
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    You're taking a BIG risk with dairy products that much out of date. Get it wrong and you'll need nappies for a week nomsayin
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    Depends entirely on the food. As long as it doesn't physically have mold on it, then i'd eat a lot of things after they've expired. Bread, cheese, and all that kind of stuff. I'd probably only avoid meat, and stuff that actually tastes different once it goes out of date, like milk or fruit.
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    Never All gone off food, no matter what it is, I can't stand the sight or smell of.
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    Officially the only thing you eat before the sell by date is eggs.Best before date means you have until that date when the food tastes it's best and freshest.

    it's common sense. Does it have a long use period (7 days off chocolate is far worse then 7 days off yogurt)? Sniff it. Look at it, does it have any mould or fermentation. Taste it.
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    I wont!
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    (Original post by poiuy)
    Officially the only thing you eat before the sell by date is eggs.Best before date means you have until that date when the food tastes it's best and freshest.

    it's common sense. Does it have a long use period (7 days off chocolate is far worse then 7 days off yogurt)? Sniff it. Look at it, does it have any mould or fermentation. Taste it.
    Nah, eggs are the only thing I have complete confidence in ignoring best before dates. I use them as guidance to tell whether I need to get a move on with using them up, and that's about it - I test eggs before I use them using the glass of water trick.
 
 
 
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