Food is something that we require to live. Although most of us tend to choose foods that are more tasty and palatable, natural foods tend to go bad and degrade. While some foods come with a clear expiration date label other foods are not so expressive.
So here is a shortlist that will indicate how many days you can eat food for despite their expiration labels.
Whether it be dairy, fruits, or protein, here is a quick guide on how long you can eat these foods after they have supposedly ‘expired.’
Let’s start with raw meat or protein. While most times one can tell if meat has gone bad, the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) recommends not eating meat if it has changed in colour or if it has a ‘slimy or tacky feel to it.
Meat is not something that should be haphazardly played around with since the consumption of expired meat can result in some serious health problems. So if you’re unsure about your raw meat, just toss it out!
Vegetables and salads. Fresh greens such as kale, lettuce, and spinach can go bad pretty quickly so a quick way to consume these would be to mix them into an omelet or blend them up into a shake.
But beware of salad greens since they usually have pockets of moisture which are a perfect hotbed for growing bacteria. So check each leaf carefully and if you feel some slimy greens, avoid eating it!
Cereal and grains. While these things surprisingly do expire, things such as cereal or potato chips can be consumed for up to a year after they have expired. Stale cereal can always be converted into breadcrumbs for dishes or a pie crust.
Eggs. Uncooked eggs or expired eggs can cause salmonella so make sure your eggs are good by doing this simple check. Take a glass of water and put the egg into the liquid. If it floats, the egg is rotten, but if it sinks, the egg is still edible.
Dairy. Dairy is obviously not something that should be messed around with. Most dairy products can last a night or two after their expiration date but after that, it’s best to just toss them out.
Keeping milk around 34 degrees Fahrenheit can help extend their lifetime by almost a week and soft cheeses can last as long as there is no evident mould whereas hard cheese can be consumed even with the mould, you just need to cut it off first!