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Stop Wasting Your Food: The Truth About Expiration Dates

August 11, 2015 2 min read

You're thinking of the perfect meal to make for dinner as you stroll through the aisles of the grocery store. You try to envision the ingredients you already have in your refrigerator to ensure you don't buy what you don't need. Once you get home, you go to pour that yummy sauce into your stir fry, when you glance at the expiration date and notice it's past its due date. You smell it, you question if it smells normal, then you walk around the house asking anyone around to smell it and tell you their thoughts. How accurate is that pesky date on the bottle? How many days post expiration is it really good for? Who knows. We throw it away just to be safe. But then we rack our brains wondering if that was a waste or not. Can we stop all the guessing and just get some answers?! use by dates Because of this fear, experts estimate that $165 billion worth of goods get tossed each year. And most likely, a lot of what we throw away is a waste, since the expiration dates are ... made up! The National Resource Defense Council claims that the "sell by" dates don't really indicate whether or not foods are actually safe to eat. What they're meant for is to identify when foods have reached their limits for "optimal quality." So when should you actually dispose of certain goods? The website StillTasty gives us some tips based on complied data from sources like the USDA, the FDA and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. raw chicken Uncooked poultry: Refrigerator: for one to two days after purchase If cooked and the packaging is unopened: roughly three to four days Once opened: three to four days Frozen: 9 months Uncooked beef, veal, pork and lamb Uncooked beef, veal, pork and lamb: After purchase:  three to five days after purchase Frozen: six to 12 months Note: Pay attention to the "use by" date as opposed to the "sell by" date. milk Eggs: Good for:  three to five weeks after purchase Frozen: up to a year milk Milk: Good for: one week after the "sell by" date on the package raw salmon Fresh, raw salmon:  Unopened salmon: will last one to two days from date of purchase Frozen: (before the one to two days mentioned previously), an additional two to three months for optimal taste wine Wine:  Unopened red and white wine:  three years and beyond Opened red wine in the fridge: an additional three to five days after you pop the cork Opened red wine in the freezer: will stay for another four to six months Do you find yourself throwing out products as soon as they have expired? Source: Science Alert Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_104005" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]

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