Expiration Dates

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  1. Cody Fousnaugh

    Cody Fousnaugh Very Well-Known Member
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    How often do you look at the Expired Date on items at home?
    Just a few minutes ago I decided to check the expiration date on a tube of sunscreen we have. We THOUGHT it was fine, but the expiration date was some 5 years ago! We know that some expire dates can be extended, but not by 5 years. The sunscreen we keep in our vehicle (out of the sun), expired 6 years ago. Obviously it's time to buy new sunscreen
    I'm the one that goes thru the frig periodically to check expiration dates. Sometimes we just don't use something up fast enough.
    OTC meds have an expiration date on them that can be extended by 6 months or so. But, if the OTC doesn't help with the pain, and the label states it's already expired, time to get new.
    How often do you check?
     
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    Most of the time I don't check the expiration dates at home unless I am getting ready to use something or "Spring Cleaning" the pantry, etc. Yet when I am shopping I almost always check the expiration dates since I had a bad experience once of buying some dried soup mix that was way beyond the expiration date and I could not use it for the recipe I was planning to cook at the time.

    Part of my Honey's part time job at the Country Store is checking expiration dates on the products they sell and making sure everything that is one or two days away from that expiration date is taken off the shelves, etc. and replaced with new products. Alot of times he will bring those almost expired things home if it is something we eat or use...that has helped us save quite a bit on our grocery bill. :)
     
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    I check on items that won't last long anyway, like greens when I'm shopping because I want to get the freshest one possible...

    Some stores aren't so great on removing overripe fruit and veggies.
     
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    I check regularly on food items..
    and about every six months on otc meds.
    Worked for an elderly lady a few years ago....I swear this is the truth...her pantry was filled with can goods..as far back as 1969! She became hostile when I trashed as much as possible:eek:
     
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    Reminds me of when I married my ex and he had tons of spices in his cabinet...they all over 5 years old and he got mad at me when I trashed all of them because he said they only got better with age! :p
     
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    No wine gets better with age...and some cheese.....not spices...usually most expire after 3 years.
     
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    On food items, we check expiration dates. Not so much on non-food items. I was a health inspector for a few years, and would often find expired items on the shelf in the stores, mostly in convenience stores or gas stations that have a few canned or packaged food items, some of which don't have a high turnover. The larger grocery stores were pretty good about removing such items, though. HEB may still, but at least used to have a policy of giving anyone a good-date item for any bad-date one that they found in their stores. In other words, if you found a can of soup on their shelf that had an expired date and called it to their attention, they would give them a fresh can of the same soup. Some people would search the shelves for that alone, and I guess that was less expensive for them than if the health inspector found it, and better than having someone notice after they had purchased it and brought it home.

    One of the stores in my area was known to be a money laundering place for illegal drug money. In the Rio Grande Valley, there were small car lots set up for that purpose as well. They weren't at all interested in selling their products but would record sales as a way of laundering drug money. Because people didn't go in there looking to buy actual food, they had a habit of not replacing stuff that had expired. Yet because they sold food, I had to inspect their premises and I had thoughts about being killed for, of all things, writing them up for having expired soup on their shelves. Instead, they would comply. I suppose they might have also had thoughts about being brought down for having expired soup on their shelves. Still, I suppose it was strange that, while the police turned their backs to what everyone knew to be a drug laundering operation, I didn't feel like I could ignore expired soup that no one was ever going to eat.
     
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    And don't forget Gloria...we women get better with age too! :p
     
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    You've led a very interesting life Ken...glad those bad boys didn't bring it to an end! :p At my Honey's work the reason he has to check so thoroughly for expiration dates is that the young "kids" who work there after school and on weekends are to "lazy" to take those things off the shelves, etc. :)
     
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    A problem that has happened with us, either the year or the entire expiration date got rubbed off of the glass container. When we find that, we just throw the item away.

    There are websites that tell how long a product can last after the expiration date, but a person's age can definitely have something to do with "keep it/use it or toss it". At our age, the old stomach isn't made of iron like it was years ago. IOW, would rather toss and buy new, then get food poisoning or a really sore stomach from eating something that should have been thrown out.
     
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    Most items have "best by" dates rather than "expiration" dates. Canned foods will be good for many years. We have home canned food in the pantry that is 15 to 20 years old. Fresh vegetables are another thing but you go by looks rather than dates.
     
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    This may be true for food (Best By), but some other things, like the sunscreen, has an actual expiration date on it. The sunscreen is suppose to be good up to two years after the date, but sure wouldn't want to use it and then get a terrible sun burn after the expiration date was gone.

    I'm the one that goes thru the canned goods and frig and gets rid of expired and out-dated "Best By" stuff.
     
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    I just look at things as I want to use them, I don't have a huge supply of anything in the house.
     
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    It's a wonder we survived without expiration dates 'back in the day'.

    Things in the fridge, I would just get my younger brother to try it,
    if he didn't get sick, it was good to go! ;)

    I'm sure my older brother did that to me, I just can't remember back that far...
     
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    I'm sort of queasy about things like expiration dates. While I understand, intellectually, that the food is still good beyond that date, if I know that it's expired, it won't taste good to me. For similar reasons, that's how I feel about leftovers too. There are a few things that I can eat as leftovers, such as ham and turkey, for some reason, but not beyond one or two days. Mostly, I won't eat leftovers.
     
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    My my, you're messy and picky! :)

    I like leftovers and have no problem eating them for days, as long as it's still good.
     
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    Yeah, I wasn't raised that way. I grew up on a farm. Although supplemented by canned and packaged foods from the store, my mother canned fruits, vegetables, jellies, jams, and that sort of thing, and the potatoes we stored in our potato cellar lasted us through the winter, although the ones I buy in the store now go bad within a week. Even as a kid though, I tried to avoid having to eat leftovers. We had a cow, and that might have been where I learned to detest milk. It was so nasty, with cream floating around the top of it. It still seems strange that we would drink milk into adulthood, and particularly milk from anther species. We had a goat too, and goat's milk is even worse than cow's milk. We made our own butter, and that was very good - far better than any that I have had from a store.
     
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    Ive never been on a farm and I hate milk too, that might be the only thing that I absolutely can't drink. I've had cereal with milk but it's all left in the bowl, just enough on my cereal to wet it slightly.
     
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    My teen years was living on a small Duroc hog farm. We done some canning of rubarb and a couple of other fruits. Seemed like it took us forever to eat the canned stuff, but sure was good when it was put on the dinner table. The pork in our freezer came directly from the hog that was sent to the butcher. No "store-bought" pork for us. Same thing with our chickens. Killed/cleaned/cooked right at home and I helped do it. Our beef came from store, unlike some of our neighbors who raised beef cattle. Some of that wound up on their dinner tables.

    From what I remember, no "Use By" dates on any of the "home grown" stuff in the freezer. Just meat wrapped in white paper and type of meat it was stamped on the package.

    Boy, those were the days of good, actually GREAT, food!
     
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    I've told this story in this forum before but I'm getting old, so I'm allowed to repeat myself. We didn't generally raise pigs but we had a pig for a year or two. The pig wasn't one of my favorite pets or anything but I'd talk to it sometimes. Then, sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas, it was gone. My dad told me it had run away. It seemed odd to me that the pig would run away since it never seemed interested in going anywhere, but I was in my thirties before I thought back on that one and realized I had been lied to.

    I was sheltered from a lot of that stuff, although I didn't go out of my way to notice either, because I know that we had chickens coming and going throughout the year, and I am sure that some of them ended up on the table but I never saw it.

    Dad rented a freezer at the butcher's because, besides the milk cow, he raised some cattle every now and then, and there would be from four to seven deer during hunting season because everyone in the family got a license whether they hunted or not. I don't think my mom ever visited the hunting camp, but she got her deer the first day.
     
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    I know that sometimes people will tell a young person their
    pet 'went to the farm...' when it really just passed on.

    Probably why, when the wife says 'let's stop at that farm market'
    when we are traveling, I just pretend I didn't hear her.

    You're not taking me to the "FARM"!!! :eek:
     
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    Funny, when I took my wife to a couple of old friend's farms in Indiana, while we were there for a visit, she was amazed at the "very expensive" crop equipment they had and loved the "farm" look they had.

    Years ago, took her to a Stockyards in Colorado. She loved that also. But, then again, she is part "cowgirl" anyway.
     
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    Not to get off-topic here, but my wife loves shooting her rifle and handguns. Until her, had never met a lady that liked firearms/shooting.

    And, BTW, along with my old rodeo days of "horse-saddle-rope", I also worked at a Livestock Sale Yard in Oklahoma many years ago. Would bring cattle up, from pens, to the sale arena. Some mighty good looking beef Sold there. Just give me a nice Rib Eye or Prime Rib and I'm one "happy camper"!
     
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    I didn't say that I disliked farms, just that in general I really havent been on them. Probably in 66 years I have but just in passing.
     
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    Well, let me say this, even though part of my early life was on one, myself, like a friend of mine who also grew up farming, we absolutely knew we wouldn't be lifetime farmers. He wound up being a lawyer, but his brother ended up being a full-fledged 100% farmer.
     
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