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:
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.
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.
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.
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!
- 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.