Everyone has looked in their fridge and pantry only to find the dreaded ‘best before date’ has long passed. I find this is usually the case with milk and other dairy products, but how much are you really wasting just because of the label.
Many foods will go on well past their best before dates and lets be clear on something that these aren’t expiration dates but merely best before dates. Just because the date has passed doesn’t mean the products are expired. Here are some good tips below to help you save some money and not throw away good food.
1. Use Your Common Sense – This has to be the most important rule. The dates put on products are merely a suggestion and usually a safe bet. But even if the food is within that date it can still go bad for a number of reasons. So if something feels, looks or smells off then chances are something has gone bad
2. Onions Anyone? – I have no idea why onions have the best before, if you have ever kept onions in your house you will notice that they rarely go bad and even if they do you can simply just remove the top later.
3. Use the Fridge – Using the fridge more to store foods can help them last a lot longer, especially your fruits and vegetables. I know a lot of these products state on labels not to refrigerate, but its better than throwing them out. They probably wont retain maximum flavour but they will certainly last a lot longer.
4. Pickled Anything – Anything thats pickled will essentially last forever and Im not sure what the point of the best before date is on these. Probably more for flavour than anything else, but these foods will not spoil, so the next time you see the old jar of pickles or jalapenos sitting in the fridge don’t be so quick to toss them out.
5. Scrambled or Fried – I guess this would sort of fall into the perishable dairy category and many people are probably skeptical about eggs. They all have their best before date but rarely ever spoil. Eggs are one of the most durable foods in the world and if kept in the fridge can last months without going bad. So next time you take that vacation for a couple weeks and return home to a carton of eggs, don’t be so quick to throw them away. if the eggs smell and look ok their probably not spoiled.