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Expiration Dates on Food

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  • Expiration Dates on Food

    My wife seems to think that somehow food -- a wedge of cheese or a can of soup or a couple of steaks -- inherently knows its exact expiration date, and becomes unfit for human consumption EXACTLY on that date.

    I tend to think those are dates that are merely designed to protect the manufacturer's backsides, and the food is so loaded with preservatives (in most cases) that it will last LONG AFTER the alleged expiration.

    Do you consume food AFTER it allegedly "expires"?
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    Heck, YEAH! - those dates are only approximations!
    80.00%
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    I allow one or two days grace
    20.00%
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    I feed it to my spouse and watch for reactions
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    ABSOLUTELY NOT! On Expiriaton Date -- GARBAGE!!!!
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    "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

  • #2
    Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
    My wife seems to think that somehow food -- a wedge of cheese or a can of soup or a couple of steaks -- inherently knows its exact expiration date, and becomes unfit for human consumption EXACTLY on that date.

    I tend to think those are dates that are merely designed to protect the manufacturer's backsides, and the food is so loaded with preservatives (in most cases) that it will last LONG AFTER the alleged expiration.

    Do you consume food AFTER it allegedly "expires"?
    Depends on what it is, and what preservatives were used. Still, I would at least do a smell test.

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    • #3
      Your first choice doesn't really make sense...and is essentially the same as the last one...The question asked is if we eat the food after the expiration date, the first choice says Heck no,...?
      "What has the Church gained if it is popular, but there is no conviction, no repentance, no power?" - A.W. Tozer

      "... there are two parties in Washington, the stupid party and the evil party, who occasionally get together and do something both stupid and evil, and this is called bipartisanship." - Everett Dirksen

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Littlejoe View Post
        Your first choice doesn't really make sense...and is essentially the same as the last one...The question asked is if we eat the food after the expiration date, the first choice says Heck no,...?
        Ah, I had the poll title in the negative --- something like "do you throw it away when...", and changed it, but didn't change the question. Good catch!
        "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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        • #5
          Ok, NOW I can pick that one! I smell the milk, if it smell ok, then I drink away...

          and you're right, with that many preservatives, it's hard for it to spoil easily. We have a heck of a time though with the Bolo Rolls we by a our local Kroger store. They grow moldy very fast. We have gotten to where we split the bag up to about 2 or 3 at a time and freeze the rest...
          "What has the Church gained if it is popular, but there is no conviction, no repentance, no power?" - A.W. Tozer

          "... there are two parties in Washington, the stupid party and the evil party, who occasionally get together and do something both stupid and evil, and this is called bipartisanship." - Everett Dirksen

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          • #6
            Use by date is the date set for the shops' use by, not the consumers'. It depends on the food type how much time can be allowed. Stuff that needs refrigeration is safe two days after the use by date (assuming it has been kept cold) - often more.
            sigpic1 Cor 15:34 εκνηψατε δικαιως και μη αμαρτανετε αγνωσιαν γαρ θεου τινες εχουσιν προς εντροπην υμιν λεγω

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            • #7
              The problem with expiration dates is some are use by and others are sell by.

              I'm always still in trouble again

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              • #8
                When we were over visiting my grandmother (dad's side) once, my mom noticed that there was some sour cream in the fridge that had expired a year or two ago. My mom pointed this out, only to be told that it had been used in whatever we had the previous night. And that it being that old only makes it better!
                "I am not angered that the Moral Majority boys campaign against abortion. I am angry when the same men who say, "Save OUR children" bellow "Build more and bigger bombers." That's right! Blast the children in other nations into eternity, or limbless misery as they lay crippled from "OUR" bombers! This does not jell." - Leonard Ravenhill

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by rogue06 View Post
                  The problem with expiration dates....
                  ... is that we're both beyond ours.
                  "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
                    ... is that we're both beyond ours.
                    When I was 45 my doctor said that I would never see 47.

                    I'm always still in trouble again

                    "You're by far the worst poster on TWeb" and "TWeb's biggest liar" --starlight (the guy who says Stalin was a right-winger)
                    "Of course, human life begins at fertilization that’s not the argument." --Tassman

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by KingsGambit View Post
                      When we were over visiting my grandmother (dad's side) once, my mom noticed that there was some sour cream in the fridge that had expired a year or two ago. My mom pointed this out, only to be told that it had been used in whatever we had the previous night. And that it being that old only makes it better!
                      When sour cream goes bad does it turn sweet?

                      I'm always still in trouble again

                      "You're by far the worst poster on TWeb" and "TWeb's biggest liar" --starlight (the guy who says Stalin was a right-winger)
                      "Of course, human life begins at fertilization that’s not the argument." --Tassman

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by rogue06 View Post
                        When I was 45 my doctor said that I would never see 47.
                        Don't ya just love to prove doctors wrong?
                        "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by rogue06 View Post
                          When sour cream goes bad does it turn sweet?
                          It gets green and fuzzy.
                          "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by rogue06 View Post
                            When sour cream goes bad does it turn sweet?
                            I read it gets even MORE sour!!!
                            If it weren't for the Resurrection of Jesus, we'd all be in DEEP TROUBLE!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Christianbookworm View Post
                              I read it gets even MORE sour!!!
                              You say that like it's a bad thing. So, the label becomes MORE TRUE?
                              "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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