(Thanks for the video and picture, Today Show!)
I’m a firm believer that food (even medication) can be consumed after expiration. I think we all have our own limits and I’m not here to tell you how long for each product. But, I would suggest that you consider thinking before tossing. Is three month old cereal really going to kill you? Try it! If you don’t like the taste, toss it.
The Today Show had a video segment about expiration dates, that I thought you might be interested in seeing. They said that there’s no evidence that health has ever been endangered by consuming expired products. I have to assume (and they mention at the end) that meat and dairy are excluded and decent judgement is used. (Thanks, for sending it, Susan!)
My biggest surprise is that peanut butter is good 3-5 years beyond expiration (unopened)! I can’t say I’ve ever tried that, but if one gets pushed to the back and I don’t discover it, I’ll give it a shot! I’ll ask my husband to let you all know, if I die from peanut butter consumption. Stick around for a few years. :)
I will say that it used to shock me that my father-in-law would eat eggs way beyond their expiration. I’m not sure if a couple months scared him or not. Many years ago, in a desperate moment, I used eggs that were about two weeks beyond the stamped date. . . and I lived to tell about it. My bravery came from the fact that he was an old man in good health. As far as I know, he still uses them, and he’s still ticking . . . into his 90′s! I will go up to a month on eggs (without doing the floating test) and we haven’t died or gotten sick yet — that I’m aware of. Well, I’m pretty sure about the dying part! :)
I think a huge key to saving money is stocking up during sales, but not so much that you’re wasting it. If you’re tossing food, your hard work and money is gone forever. But, if you aren’t so much of a stickler for expiration dates, you can save more, since you aren’t afraid to buy “one more” box of cereal because you’re afraid it will expire before you can get to it. Again, I don’t suggest buying so much that you are never “caught up” and always consuming food that is expired or continually pushing the older food to the back, until you really do have to toss it. You have to settle on what you family can use, but if you don’t hit it right on, you have a little more wiggle room than you might think.
What do you know that we should? I’d love for you to inspire us and give us hope on things like eggs or whatever!
I told you about the eggs I’ll use, but here’s what I have to watch . . .
I have found that one of the things I can’t go much beyond expiration on are Premium saltine crackers. I don’t know why this is, but they just don’t taste very good to me, much later.
Please, leave a comment. Maybe it will make some of the timid out there, a little more brave. Or, the expired egg using people (like me!) a little more cautious. :)