POSTED: Monday, January 21, 2013 - 5:21pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 10:17am
Next time you look in the fridge at that carton of milk of package of sour cream, look at the expiration date.
Does it really have to be thrown out after that date?
Danielle Townsend is a dietician with Sodexo Healthcare and Trinity Mother Frances. “I think companies will put a sell by date on it to tell you that if you consume it past this date, the quality may not be as good,” she said.
In fact many items are good for quite a while longer. Milk for example is usually good for a week past the sell by date. And it can last up to 3 months in the freezer. By the way, soy and almond milk are about the same. But some items might surprise you.
Pickles can last up to a year. Mustard can last up to 2 years past expiration, and the same is true of dry pasta. In the case of eggs, it’s about 2-3 weeks in the refrigerator for raw eggs. It’s not recommended to freeze eggs in the shell.
It’s estimated that US households throw away up to 14% of the food they purchase. According to some experts, that can be cut down. But, others play it safe.
“As a dietician, when it doubt throw it out,” Townsend says. “I follow the sell by and expiration dates religiously.”
There are a couple of very good websites where the lifespan information on food is available.