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    • magni
    • By magni 23rd Mar 07, 9:26 PM
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    Do you follow Use by and Sell by Dates, and other food safety issues
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    • 23rd Mar 07, 9:26 PM
    Do you follow Use by and Sell by Dates, and other food safety issues 23rd Mar 07 at 9:26 PM
    Do you use up stuff that is out of date? Do some things keep better past their use by date than others? My OH won't eat anything that is a minute past it's use by date but I regularly do (actually so does he but he doesn't know it ). So what do you all do?

    Sorry if this has been covered before. I did a search and couldn't find anything
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    • celyn90
    • By celyn90 23rd Mar 07, 9:33 PM
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    • 23rd Mar 07, 9:33 PM
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    • 23rd Mar 07, 9:33 PM
    To be fair I'll eat it if it looks okay and smells okay. I'm a bit more wary with things like soft cheeses, but on the whole I don't throw much away. With vegtables, especially if I buy them loose, they have no date, so why is there a date on the plastic bag of potatoes?

    In the past I've had to decant things into plastic boxes to hide the use by dates :rolleyes:
  • randomtask
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    • 23rd Mar 07, 9:33 PM
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    • 23rd Mar 07, 9:33 PM
    Are you referring to by "Use by" or "Best Before" dates? With the latter, I'd be more prepared to take the risk, especially if the item is getting a good cooking, such as the jar of wholegrain mustard in my fridge that has long passed it's use by date...only get's used to glaze roast beef or lamb, but I'll keep using it 'til it's finished.
  • Jo6673
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    • 23rd Mar 07, 9:34 PM
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    • 23rd Mar 07, 9:34 PM
    I'll risk anything for a couple of days except milk, bit funny about that!!!
  • helping_hubby
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    • 23rd Mar 07, 9:35 PM
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    • 23rd Mar 07, 9:35 PM
    I have to be a bit careful because I can't smell, so if my hubbys not around I'll tend to bin meat/eggs/milk than risk it. I personally think a couple of days or so is OK, depending on the food.

    I'd be more careful with prawns, and I'm strict with cooked leftovers.
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    • 23rd Mar 07, 9:36 PM
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    • 23rd Mar 07, 9:36 PM
    To be fair I'll eat it if it looks okay and smells okay. I'm a bit more wary with things like soft cheeses, but on the whole I don't throw much away. With vegtables, especially if I buy them loose, they have no date, so why is there a date on the plastic bag of potatoes?

    In the past I've had to decant things into plastic boxes to hide the use by dates :rolleyes:
    Originally posted by celyn90
    I do exactly the same
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    • magni
    • By magni 23rd Mar 07, 9:37 PM
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    • 23rd Mar 07, 9:37 PM
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    • 23rd Mar 07, 9:37 PM
    Are you referring to by "Use by" or "Best Before" dates? With the latter, I'd be more prepared to take the risk, especially if the item is getting a good cooking, such as the jar of wholegrain mustard in my fridge that has long passed it's use by date...only get's used to glaze roast beef or lamb, but I'll keep using it 'til it's finished.
    Originally posted by randomtask
    What is the difference?
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    • 23rd Mar 07, 9:40 PM
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    • 23rd Mar 07, 9:40 PM
    used by means use by and best before means it tastes best before that date?
    • newleaf
    • By newleaf 23rd Mar 07, 9:42 PM
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    • 23rd Mar 07, 9:42 PM
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    • 23rd Mar 07, 9:42 PM
    If it looks and smells OK I'll use it. I am very robust!
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    • comping cat
    • By comping cat 23rd Mar 07, 9:44 PM
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    Best before is purely a guide to when you should use something - it should be perfectly ok to use after the date, but it might not be as good quality.

    Use by is the date that you should use it by, if you use it after that date it could be off, so not necessarily safe to eat.

    I will add, that shops do put quick use by dates on their products, as they do have to protect themselves, if you ate something within its use by date and then fell ill, you could go back to the shop and complain. You prob would be ok to eat something a few days after the use by date because of the shops caution (if it smells ok, looks ok and tastes ok, you are normally ok) but it would be your own risk.
  • Eccle
    I go by how things smell and look, I'm not worried at all if it's a bit over the date
  • Rowan
    I have to be a bit careful because I can't smell, so if my hubbys not around I'll tend to bin meat/eggs/milk than risk it. I personally think a couple of days or so is OK, depending on the food.

    I'd be more careful with prawns, and I'm strict with cooked leftovers.
    Originally posted by helping_hubby
    I am the same. I drank 1/2 pint of "off" milk today because I had no idea it was off My husband couldnt even taste it as it was apparently that bad. Sigh. My test for milk is to see if it looks OK if I pour a little into the sink. Apparently thats not a good enough test.

    Ah well.

    That asides, I ask my husband to smell if I think I have had something in the fridge too long, failing that, it has to be mouldy before I throw it out. Well, unless its hard cheese, then the mould gets cut off
    • mollymunchkin
    • By mollymunchkin 23rd Mar 07, 10:53 PM
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    Normally I don't object to things being a couple of days past the use by date but today my MIL was offering my DS Rice Krispies that had a date of 25/05/06 on! She might have the constitution of an ox but he doesn't (he's only 2, bless).

    BIL also used some ground black pepper which was 10 years out of date
  • milkydrink
    I NEVER use things after the dates run out

    But I do practice rotation in the fridge & cupboards

    But I still throw far too much out
    • Ticklemouse
    • By Ticklemouse 24th Mar 07, 8:32 AM
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    I'm a "look, smell and taste" person. If it's still ok, it gets eaten.

    In fact, I found a packet of ham in the fridge last week that was unopened but 2 weeks past its use by date I'm not usually such a slovenly mare but I had put a large lock & lock box with cheese in on top of it - which completely covered it - and I could still get to the cheese without taking the box out. It was one of those slim packs from Lidl with the expensive honey roast ham in - so I opened it and tested it - it's fine and is still being used. I expect I'll have some for my lunch today.

    As for tins .... I have a friend who throws tinned tomatoes out if they are 2 weeks out of date!! If she lived nearer she could throw them my way If the tin is undamaged, then the food's OK
    • stressedoutmumof1
    • By stressedoutmumof1 24th Mar 07, 8:56 AM
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    A friend once told me that farmer's only get paid for their meat (ie chicken) once it is sold at the till. If it hasn't sold by it's use by date it then gets taken off the shelves and out of it's packaging and taken to auction - where the likes of say Birds Eye buy it for their frozen pies and curries etc. After that (2 - 3 days later) all the rest that hasn't sold goes to another auction where Chinese and Indian restaurants but the meat for their kitchens. So I would say where meat is concerned if it smells okay then use it.
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  • emmaroids
    as said before, if it smells and looks ok then it will be ok.

    as if somethings gonna go bad the second it gets to the use by date lol.
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    • QueenB.
    • By QueenB. 24th Mar 07, 9:28 AM
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    I try and make sure i don't have anything go past a use by date by checking all the dates and using the in the weekly menu what needs to go first.

    With things that don't have them on then like others have said its a look, and taste test before i decide to bin or use.

    Dairy and meat based food i am more cautious of but again i just try and do a weekly check of all cupboards, fridge etc to make sure i use rather than waste.
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    • Softstuff
    • By Softstuff 24th Mar 07, 10:06 AM
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    If it looks ok it gets sniffed, if it smells ok it gets tasted, if it tastes ok I eat it.

    About the only exception here is chicken, but I buy that, separate it into portions and freeze it. I only take it out when I want to use it, so it never has the opportunity to get risky.
    • immoral_angeluk
    • By immoral_angeluk 24th Mar 07, 10:36 AM
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    I use stuff until it's use by date before throwing. We have a toddler so don't want to take the risk making her ill. Will quite happily use things past their best before dates though as long as they look and smell ok.
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