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Do You Eat Foods Past Their Expiration Date?


With different foods being recalled almost every other month, food-borne illnesses are on everyone's mind a bit more. We use those expiration dates stamped on boxes, cans, and containers as guidance of what to toss and what is safe to eat. Since money is tight, folks are relying on the sniff test more than the printed "sell-by" date. Regardless, it is estimated that on average, a family of four throws out 120 pounds of food in one month. Both Prevention and Real Simple have tips on how long many foods really last past their use-by date. Yogurt, for example, is generally OK to eat for 10 to 14 days past its expiration date, and eggs last for up to a month past their sell-by date. That is as long as they are kept in a refrigerator set to 39 degrees Fahrenheit.

So what about you . . .

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