DawnBlogtopus Expired Foods

10 Foods That Can Be Eaten Even If They Are Expired

DawnBlogtopus Expired Foods

My husband hates it when the family wastes food. Here are 10 foods that can be eaten even if they are expired.

Annually, at a global level, we throw away food that costs over $317 billion! Recently, a team of researchers discovered that if they are correctly sealed, and kept in proper conditions, most of the food in your fridge can be eaten even after they exceeded their expiration date. Here is the list of those amazing foods:

  1. Preserves

Did you know that most types of preserves have an expiration date of about four years? It’s important that you keep them in the fridge and you do not let them sit in the sun. 

  1. Chips

If the bag has not been damaged and the chips have been kept at a constant temperature in a dry place, they can be consumed even if they have been expired for two weeks. If you want them to have the same taste, try to put them in your microwave for 30-45 seconds.

  1. Pasta

Pasta has a long life, unlike other products. It’s important that you keep the boxes in a cool, dry place that doesn’t let the air in. Amazingly enough, they can be used even three years past the expiration date.

  1. Eggs

Did you know that eggs can be used up to 3 weeks after they have expired? This only applies if you keep them in the lower part of your fridge, and not in the special egg holder in the fridge door. Before you cook them, put the eggs in a bowl of water. If they float or smell bad, throw them out. If not, bon appétit!

  1. Frozen vegetables

Theoretically speaking, products that are kept in a freezer can last forever. Frozen vegetables kept in the original package can be consumed many years after their expiration date. The only thing that changes is the texture after they are cooked.

  1. Bread

On the bread bag is the recommended date for the consumption of the product, but if you keep your bread in the fridge, it can last for several weeks.

  1. Pickles

Pickles can be consumed many years after the expiration date as long as they have been sealed, provided they were kept at a low temperature. The bacteria does not grow in the vinegar or salt.

  1. Yogurt

As long as you have not opened the package, yogurt from the supermarket can be consumed up to two weeks after the expiration date. Even so, if it has a bad smell, don’t risk it!

  1. Chocolate

Chocolate has a great taste even several months after it has passed the expiration date. It produces a white layer on the surface because of the sugar – it starts to crystalize. Take a little nibble. If it tastes good you can safely eat it.

  1. Milk

When it comes to milk from the supermarket, as long as it smells good and has a good taste, it can be consumed. The expiration date is purely a suggestion. 

Thanks for reading. And expiration dates, as with anything else, please use your common sense. If it smells funky, throw it out, even if it hasn’t reached it’s expiration date yet. If you’d like to read more about food and cooking, check out some of my recipes, located at this link here.

Love, DawnBlogtopus

 


28 Comments

  • Michelle

    April 24, 2017

    Expiration dates scare me! I think it’s because my husband will get super paranoid thinking we will all get very sick or something hahaha! But hey if it saves me a trip to the store and it won’t kill us then I might good with it!

    • dawnblogtopus

      April 24, 2017

      Thanks for stopping by, Michelle! I’ve had food poisoning before and it’s not fun – just stay away from old meat and you’ll be fine 🙂

  • simplegirl74

    April 24, 2017

    The bread in the freeze and a few others are okay with me but some I would be rather cautious with. I have had food poisoning so I am a wimp LOL.

    • dawnblogtopus

      April 24, 2017

      I don’t blame you!! I’ve become more adventurous lately 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Kaitlynn

    April 24, 2017

    I always freeze my bread. It’s so much easier than having to pick some up from the store every few days! I didn’t know the trick with the eggs. Thanks for sharing!

    • dawnblogtopus

      April 24, 2017

      Thanks for stopping by! BJ’s has the best prices on bread in 2-packs, freezing it makes the most sense to save money, for sure!

  • Samantha Groff

    April 24, 2017

    I would agree with most of your suggested eat after the expiration date except for the milk. I have such a sensitive stomach and nose, that I can’t get past the smell.

    • dawnblogtopus

      April 24, 2017

      I don’t blame you! I’ve gotten a bad mouthful of milk a few times and it’s awful 🙂

  • Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...

    April 24, 2017

    I always trust my nose with milk products! I hardly ever eat eggs that are in date…

    • dawnblogtopus

      April 24, 2017

      Thanks for reading! Milk is too expensive to waste, I’ll drink it as long as it smells fine, too 🙂

  • Terrin @ Momblah

    April 24, 2017

    i always ignore expiration dates!

  • A pinch of Jo

    April 24, 2017

    Ha, I have to show my boyfriend this list! He is so scared of expired eggs and milk and I’m like if it smells ok, it probably is ok haha. Expiration dates for me are more of guesstimation than anything else.

    • dawnblogtopus

      April 24, 2017

      Thanks for reading! Definitely try the egg floating trick, it works!

  • annemarkey1

    April 24, 2017

    I hate wasting food as well. i do my best to finish what is in the fridge before I get something new. Easier said then done.

    • dawnblogtopus

      April 24, 2017

      Thanks for reading! It is tough, I’m trying to buy less at the supermarket every week 🙂

  • berkleeleary

    April 25, 2017

    Wow! I didn’t know a lot of these – thanks for the tips, less waste for sure!

    • dawnblogtopus

      April 25, 2017

      Thanks for stopping by and reading, Berklee!

  • Nostalgia Diaries

    May 1, 2017

    I’d always heard a week for eggs and yogurt… Yay for not wasting food! This is good news for me, who has a hard time getting through a dozen eggs… 🙂

    • dawnblogtopus

      May 1, 2017

      Thanks for writing in! If you have eggs that are getting a little “iffy” you can hard-boil them and get another week or so out of them 😀

  • Shakirah (Iman)

    May 1, 2017

    You can eat whipped cream and sour cream if it was not opened. Also if you store spinach in glass it will also last up to three weeks past expression date.

    • dawnblogtopus

      May 2, 2017

      Thank you for the tips! I’ll add them to my next list. I appreciate the info!

  • Emma

    May 2, 2017

    Really useful to know! Xx

    • dawnblogtopus

      May 2, 2017

      Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you have a great day! 🙂

  • lovecakecreate

    May 8, 2017

    This is so good to know! I always see the expiry date and if it’s still in the cupboard then it goes straight in the bin. Will think twice next time.

    • dawnblogtopus

      May 8, 2017

      Do whatever you’re comfortable with, of course 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Nevin

    May 8, 2017

    My grandfather was just giving me a speech on this the other day! “The date is just a suggestion!” He said angrily. Thanks for confirming!

    • dawnblogtopus

      May 8, 2017

      I think I like Grampy already! However, he sounds like he might get angry if I called him “Grampy” to his face 🙂 Thanks for reading!

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