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Thread: How many of us throw away food before it's really gone bad?

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    I read that baking goods must be used by the proper date, A pancake mix was used after the expiration date and people got very sick, so be careful with that.
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    *** The one I do not understand is the exp. date on toothpaste and bottled water.
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    We never throw out food. If it goes bad or is well beyond the expiration date, we just chop it up and add to the compost bin for next year's planting.

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    Interesting info but I think their "90% " of Americans throwing away "expired" food is ridiculous. I know very few people that actually do that.

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    I've had a couple cases of sodas for about 3 years now. Mother used to live with me and she loved A&W Rootbeer. She now lives with my sister but didn't take the sodas with her. I was moving them to a new location in the basement when I notice a can or two had leaked and the cases were stuck together. YUCK!!!! I've gotten rid of the couple cans I found that had leaked and now have them in the fridges being used. They still taste the same.

    One of my friends was moving to live with her daughter so I cleaned out her pantry and took the can goods home. I knew I'd never be able to use it all so shared with my friends at my congregation. One asked me if I knew the most of the can goods were expired. YIKES!!!!! But mostof us figure it its not bulging or leaking its still okay. Some folks get ansy about expiration dates.
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    Never. The use by date is just a guide. We can all sniff it and see if it all right.

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    I think it mostly depends on what it is and how it is packaged. I do pay attention to exp dates, when shopping, I'll reach to the back to get the "freshest"! Most things, if in doubt, I'll smell, but usually chunk if in doubt. Really picky about sandwich meat, even before checking date, I smell and feel, if it don't smell right or it's slimy, it is definitely chunked. I hate wasting also, but I'd rather go hungry than to get sick on bad food. JMHO
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    Same thing I do. We both got food poisoning at the same time but from a restaurant. Don't want to go through that again. Therefore when in doubt! One thing I have started doing the past few months, often it's hard to find the expiration date. So when I do I mark it on the label in permanent marker. Easier to see at a glance!
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    I taught my kids this rule.....when in doubt, throw it out.

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    I don't worry too much about expiration dates, but our food pantries are not allowed to pass this food on. If the sell by date is passed they MUST throw it out. Maybe I can understand this, but I surely don't do that.

    A few years back, we were at a camp ground, about to stay for three days, when I found a bag of Kwik Trip milk under the front seat. It had rolled there, and I never missed it. It had been there for a week or two in the hot summer time, and the bag was inflated and seemed about to burst. I took it to the camp office to let them dispose of it, but I was very sorry that I didn't have a container along that I could take this very sour milk home. My DSIL thought that was disgusting, but he doesn't know that sour milk is used in a lot of cooking; in pies and cakes, and in a lot of delicious things. Soured millk is actually good for you until it turns pink. That's when it needs to go OUT.
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    Please be careful with certain things though. For instance, in Canada right now, there's a recall on mushrooms for possible Listeria contamination. The recall specifically states:
    Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick.
    http://www.inspection.gc.ca/about-th.../1433730071945

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    I have worked in food service for 25 years. Food may smell and look fine and be capable of making you sick if you taste it. This is especially true for the elderly, those with compromised immune systems and small children. In my house and at work an expiration date is followed. Best by dates, I just use common sense.
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    I am very careful about spoiled meat. If I am even one bit unsure, I throw it out. I hate having food poisoning.

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    Thanks for that. We buy the foil packages of taco sauce and other seasonings. They last indefinitely. So one day I came home to find that my cleaning lady had tossed all of them with expred dates on them. Must have thrown out $30 worth!! She was trying to help me stay organized...so I never said anything, but geeze, Louise! So thanks for this! I"m sending it to her. Now that I'm retired, no cleaning lady, so no worries about the foil seasoning packets.
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    The link to food scraps shows us what to save, and mentions seeds of pumpkin and squash. I save not only the seed but all the gunk that surrounds them. You eat that stuff in cucumbers and zucchini, and it is good food. I put all of this into the blender with about a cup or two of water and blend until liquified. Then it is used in making breads. Add it as part of the liquid. The bread tastes wonderful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pocoellie View Post
    I don't pay any attention to "expiration" dates, except maybe on milk and OTC meds, which ours tends to be outdated quite frequently. I figure we all managed "somehow" to survive before they came up with the "expiration" date theory.
    I agree, I do a smell/taste test. and go from there. I do try to "manage" canned/pkg foods in that I write the date I purchased in black sharpie on the label and pull the older cans to the front of the cabinet. I don't keep tons of food on hand like I did when the kids were at home. I hate wasting anything: food, fabric paper etc.
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    I have to mark the date frozen and the date thawed or my hubby and son will throw it out.

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    I try to watch dates but I'll toss anything that seems questionable.

    I make a lot of soups out of things that are starting to go, I call it "Bitsa stew" because it has "bitsa this and bitsa that" thrown in. We have a chest freezer so I'll make a HUGE pot of stew and portion it out in to single-serving size glass "tupperware" and stick them in the deep freeze. DH works from home so those are good fast lunches for him, and good fast workday dinners for me. SO much less sodium and sugar than store-bought soups!

    I LOVE all the farmer's markets we have around here but with just DH & I, we can't eat the food as fast as we buy it. I make a lot of soups and casseroles out of fresh seasonal produce to freeze for winter too. (I call those "hibernation soups") It seems crazy that I can cook fresh local food into a soup and freeze it for months, and that will taste so much better than if I buy "fresh" frozen produce and make the soup the day I eat it. The in-season produce is just SO much tastier, even after being cooked up and frozen. I don't have enough single-serving freezerware dishes for that, so those hibernation soups get frozen in gallon-size freezer ziplocks and defrosted in larger batches. It's fantastic, I'll just dump one into the crockpot on a lazy wintery day and we'll have hot soup and yummy smells all day with virtually zero effort.

    I love my deep freeze. And I'm glad my DH likes my cooking and isn't fussy about "leftovers".

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebbieJJ View Post
    This is in NO WAY supposed to be a blasting post on my wonderful hubby. My DH grew up with absolutely nothing and he went to bed hungry quite a lot of the time. We met when I was 21 yrs. old, and he's 10 yrs. older. But what I'm getting at is this.....he remembers when an expiration date on something meant that it was the last date to use that item (I really think he dreamed this or it makes sense to him), so now if something says that "sell by" date was last week, it magically went bad, but it was ok until then. So I really have to use all my bought canned food, even pasta and cake mix, etc., before the sell by date, or it goes in the trash. I can't convince him otherwise, but this morning I read this and I printed it out for him so now maybe he'll think twice before wasting our money (or maybe I won't buy as much?)....http://www.grandparents.com/food-and...ampaign=fnl154
    OHHH, my #1 pet peeve about my significant other. Rarely will eat leftovers or anything precooked and frozen. But will eat processed food daily (yuk). He always wants "fresh" milk. I say he needs to buy a cow and milk it. Anything dairy has to be bought no longer than 2 days ago. He asks how old the eggs, sour cream, ketchup, mustard, butter, & salad dressing are, requires the cast iron skillets be washed with soap each time before use, often will smell his plate of food before tasting it, but not since I surprised him by throwing the whole plate, food and all, out the back door. I'd say he is OCD but he wouldn't know what that is. What is this with men? My house is clean, no crawlies, my dishes are never left dirty, food is timely refrigerated, & no one has ever gotten sick or died from my cooking. This annoys the h.e.doublel out of me. Last month at church I heard the men at their breakfast meeting worrying about if the leftover raw eggs would be good the following week. The ladies all just laughed at that. lol

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