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#1 purpleblackqueen

Posted 09 December 2012 - 01:32 PM

How far past the Best Before Date do you wait before throwing things out?

I have always  thrown stuff out if slightly past the BBD, but am now wondering why, as somethings are still good if just past the BBD.




#2 ♥~Bodhichitta~♥

Posted 09 December 2012 - 01:36 PM

For me it depends on what it is.  Any pantry items - eg flour, biscuits etc I will keep quite a while past their best before date.

However any fridge items I generally won't use if they go over.  

I am overly cautious though  original.gif

#3 Chocolate Addict

Posted 09 December 2012 - 01:37 PM

It depends on what the product is. If it is pantry stuff like rice, flour, sugar then I pretty much ignore the best before dates.

If it is fridge stuff like sauces I do a sniff/taste test.

Dairy stuff, I do sniff or taste but only a day or two past use by.

I sell chocolate and have some here (not for sale) that is 12 months past best before but it has been stored properly and is totally fine.

#4 purpleblackqueen

Posted 09 December 2012 - 01:38 PM

QUOTE (♥~Bodhichitta~♥ @ 09/12/2012, 02:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
For me it depends on what it is.  Any pantry items - eg flour, biscuits etc I will keep quite a while past their best before date.

However any fridge items I generally won't use if they go over.  

I am overly cautious though  original.gif




All fridge items are ditched once the best before date has past here too,

#5 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 09 December 2012 - 01:39 PM

I'm pretty fussy about dates but if it's a 'best before' then to me that means exactly that - it's going to taste better eaten before the date but not kill you if it's a bit over it so I'd probably go a few months over with some things.
If it's an expiry date (use by) like on milk, yoghurt then I would only go a day or so over.

Edited by Mummyone1, 09 December 2012 - 01:39 PM.


#6 beccajayne

Posted 09 December 2012 - 01:39 PM

I am the same as pp.

Pantry items are ok, just check for anything that doesn't smell or look right.

Anything in the fridge I generally chuck out after the date.


#7 applepie83

Posted 09 December 2012 - 01:56 PM

Wow! I was just thinking the same thing. I am in the middle of a massive cull of pantry items. I was wondering what could be saved beyond BB, ie. herbs, chocolate powder.

It has made me sick thinking of how much money I have wasted with food items that I have not used. Something to work on in the future!

#8 Funwith3

Posted 09 December 2012 - 06:06 PM

My decision is always based on smell and taste. I made a Christmas cake today which needed plum jam. Unfortunately my plum jam had quite a bit of mould growing on top. Jam does this sometimes when it hasn't been used for a while.... I scraped the mould out and used half a cup of the rest of the jam in my cake. Fingers crossed for Christmas day!!!

#9 Fenrir

Posted 09 December 2012 - 06:11 PM

Best Befores can go quite a while over.

Use bys I go maybe a couple of days and then do sniff/smell/taste. If they don't smell/taste right they go.

QUOTE
Unfortunately my plum jam had quite a bit of mould growing on top. Jam does this sometimes when it hasn't been used for a while.... I scraped the mould out and used half a cup of the rest of the jam in my cake.

To avoid this turn the jar upside down. The jam will be up against the lid so nothing will grow and the bottom of the jar is sterile so, again, nothing with grow.


#10 blackcat20

Posted 09 December 2012 - 06:18 PM

As a PP said, "Use by" shouldn't be used after the date stated (and cannot legally be sold), but "Best Before" means you can use your own judgement. Sniff and taste, and if you aren't happy, toss it out.

#11 Let_it_Rain

Posted 09 December 2012 - 06:28 PM

Best Before I ignore and just go by look/taste.

I usually do that with Used By as well, if it looks/smells/tastes okay then I figure it is okay for me and DH. I am a bit more stringent with DS, but he still gets stuff that is out of date.

#12 Stellajoy

Posted 09 December 2012 - 06:32 PM

I just ate yoghurt that was two weeks out of date... It was fine.

#13 Lyra

Posted 09 December 2012 - 06:32 PM

QUOTE (blackcat20 @ 09/12/2012, 07:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
As a PP said, "Use by" shouldn't be used after the date stated (and cannot legally be sold), but "Best Before" means you can use your own judgement. Sniff and taste, and if you aren't happy, toss it out.



that's the theory I work on! We had a pasta sauce tonight that was Best Before July and it smelt fine, tasted fine and looked fine so I cooked it up. Would not have done that if it had been used by

#14 Funwith3

Posted 09 December 2012 - 07:43 PM

QUOTE (Beautiful Warlock @ 09/12/2012, 07:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
To avoid this turn the jar upside down. The jam will be up against the lid so nothing will grow and the bottom of the jar is sterile so, again, nothing with grow.


Thank you, that is brilliant!

#15 Jembo

Posted 09 December 2012 - 09:40 PM

I go by the smell and look, the only time I ever look at dates is if something looks off or smells funny I will go oh wonder what the date is.






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