How much attention do you pay to the expiration dates on the food you prepare and consume? I’m real picky about some things. I will barely use milk on the date stamped on the container but Vince will use for several days after the date.
For home canned veggies, I’ve never had a jar that was so old I wouldn’t use it but most things are used within two years. I did once have a jar of green beans that had something growing inside. I threw the jar and the contents out . . didn’t even want to open it.
What about canned veggies? Honestly, I just don’t pay much attention to those dates. If I opened a can that had foam or was a weird color or smelled bad, I wouldn’t use it. Just last week, I pulled out a can of storebought soup that had a 2011 expiration date. I opened it, smelled it, had Vince taste it . . no, not really . . he never even ate any of it but I did and it was fine. For the most part, my canned goods go onto a shelf on one side and are removed from the back side so in theory, the oldest items are used first and I shouldn’t find expired cans but sometimes I do.
Last week I came across an article on this very topic at Consumerist. Read the article, make your own decisions . . but it made me feel better about using things I do find that are a bit past the “use by” date.
How do you feel about expiration dates?