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17 Foods You Can Eat After Their Expiration Dates

People often throw away foods because the expiration date printed on the label has passed. Interestingly, there are many types of food that can be safely consumed long after they "expire." The expiration date, or the "use by" date, is there to let the consumer know how fresh the product is. However, there is no danger in eating certain foods past that date. It is a widely held misconception that the date printed on foods is the absolute deadline by which they must be eaten. It is not true that they must be thrown out on that exact date. The date refers more to food quality than food safety.

Foods that are unsafe to eat usually look different and smell different from the way they did when you first bought them. Never eat foods that you are unsure about.

1. Beans

Dried beans last indefinitely if they are kept stored in a cool, dry place.

Other pantry Items such as lentils, oats, etc. Those items are still safe to eat even though they have lost their freshness.

2. Berries

Berries usually keep for only about two days after you buy them. They might last longer if you give them some room to breathe. If you wash berries in hot water for about 30 seconds, they will last longer.

3. Bread

Bread can be eaten after the expiration date on the package. Don't eat it if you see mold on it. If you want to extend the life of bread, feel free to freeze it. White bread will last from five to seven days when stored at room temperature. If refrigerated, it will stay fresh for three to four days additional days before getting stale. Packaged bread will stay fresh for at least three months if you freeze it.

4. Butter

Butter lasts a long time. Keep it in the refrigerator if you intend to use it within a reasonable amount of time. If not, you can freeze it.

5. Canned Foods

People often throw away canned food on the expiration date printed on the can. That date is usually three years from when it was placed on the shelf in the grocery store. You can use the food in those cans from two to five years past the date provided they are kept in a cool dry place. Do not use if you see bulges, dents, popped seals, rust, or leaks.

Canned foods last longer than most other foods. Canned vegetables, fruits, and some soups can be eaten one to five years past their expiration date. That is not the case with acidic foods like tomatoes and pineapples. Meats in the cans like tuna, corned beef hash and SPAM can be eaten between two to five years after their expiration dates.

6. Cereal

Don't be so quick to toss those boxes of cereal when they reach their expiration date. If boxes have been kept in your pantry or cupboard unopened, cereal will stay fresh from six to eight months past the date on the box. If the box has been opened, it will last between four and six months. It is a different story if the cereal has been cooked like oatmeal. Cooked cereal should be kept only four to five days in the refrigerator.

7. Cheese

Cheese can usually be eaten a month past its expiration date. Even if you see mold on cheese, you can still eat it.

8.Chips, Cookies, and Crackers

Chips, cookies, and crackers will stay fresh long after you first open the sealed bags. Make sure you keep the bags closed when not in use. Throw them away if they smell bad, taste stale, or crumble in your hands.

9. Eggs

Try not to buy more eggs than your family consumes in a set period of time.

You can use eggs within three to five weeks after purchasing them. The way to keep eggs fresh longer is to keep them in their carton. Refrigerator manufacturers didn't think this through when they put egg holders on the refrigerator door. The eggs are exposed to air every time the door is opened. Besides, if they are not kept in the carton, you might forget when you bought them because they won't be in the carton with an expiration date.

If you think your eggs might not be good to eat, here is an easy way to test them: place an egg in a bowl of water. If it sinks to the bottom, then the egg is safe to eat. If the egg floats on the top of the water, then it is not safe to eat.

10. Fish

Fresh fish only lasts for two days in the refrigerator. Raw fish can last between six and nine months if you freeze it. Smoked fish can last for three to six months in the freezer. Commercially frozen fish will keep for ten to twelve months. Unopened canned fish such as tuna can keep for between two and five years past its printed date.

11. Honey

Honey is known to be one of the only foods that can last forever. Because the product doesn't contain much water. If kept for a long time, honey does crystallize. It does mean it is hard to get out of the jar because it doesn't pour.

12. Milk

You can tell if milk is bad just by smelling it. Dairy milk can last five or more days past its printed date. Non-fat milk can last between seven and ten days past the date on the carton. Whole milk can last between five and seven days past the expiration date.

If unopened, powdered milk can keep up to a month past the sell-by date. Regular powdered milk often has a "best by" date of 18 months, but according to the USDA, since powdered milk is a shelf-stable food, it may be able to last indefinitely. Spruce Eats reported that some survivalist stores that sell non-fat powdered milk claim it can last more than 25 years.

13. Nuts

Nuts will go rancid if they are kept too long. They won't make you sick if you eat them, but they won't taste good. It is best to throw them away. Some people freeze them to keep them fresh.

14. Rice

Uncooked rice can last 30 years if kept in an oxygen-free container. Regular white rice will last up to five years if left in the box, according to the US Department of Agriculture and the US Food and Drug Administration.

15. Salad Mixes

Don't be too quick to throw away packages of salad mixes. If you see any wilted leaves, just pinch them off and throw them away. The rest of the lettuce can still be eaten. You can revive lettuce with ice water if it begins to wilt. Bring the leaves back to life by submerging them in ice water for five to ten minutes.

16. Yogurt

When unopened, yogurt will last two to three weeks in the refrigerator past the date on the container. It will be good up to two months in the freezer.

17. Alcoholic Beverages

Liquor: Unopened bottles of alcohol such as vodka, whiskey, and rum will stay fresh forever as long as they are sealed and stored in a cool, dry place.

Beer: Beer does not keep its flavor indefinitely. It won’t spoil, but the flavors change over time. Try to drink your beer within six months of the bottling date.

There are other foods that can be used long after their expiration dates. The foods listed above are just some popular ones with interesting details about them.

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