So how are you on "expiration dates"?

  • silverfox

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    Jun 01, 2009 3:52 AM GMT
    Are there certain items in your fridge, like milk, that you will throw as soon as it hits the expiration date on the package? Are there items that you would make an exception for?
    What about deli meat?
    Even soda has an expiration date. Would you chuck it?
    What about a bottle of advil?


    As far as things in my fridge, anything not used by expiration date gets tossed.

    As for medication like advil I say HELL NO. What could possibly "go bad" by keeping advil in medicine cabinet passed the expiration date?


    What are you thoughts?
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    Jun 01, 2009 4:32 AM GMT
    you'd toss food
    but not medicine?

    weirdo... meds can fuck you up! i had an anti histamine that went out of date.. took it when i reacted badly to some anti biotics and i came up in these red bumps on my hands and feet. was not amused.

    Anyway everything gets tossed when it goes past the expiration date. mmy gran though, doesnt toss anything and she eats it as well

    i dont know how shes alive still icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 01, 2009 4:44 AM GMT
    Mu-ha-ha-HA! icon_razz.gif Well, I'd like to say that I follow expiration dates 'religiously', but that would be seriously stretching the truth. Fortunately, I avoid most processed foods in favor of whole foods that readily display signs of spoilage. Ditto for liquids as I'm a 'water-holic.' That said, I've used plenty of products past their respective expiration dates: Neosporin, Ibuprofen, eye drops, antacid, protein powder, and more...it's usually on a case by case basis. Fortunately I've never suffered any adverse side effects--at least none that I'm aware of--but if I'm ever in doubt I whip Google out. Yeah, baby. icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 01, 2009 4:46 AM GMT
    Nothing of mine stays in the frig long enough to expire. My roommates on the other hand are a different story, hence I never touch their food and my food is off limits to them. Liquid medicines-get tossed.
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    Jun 01, 2009 4:49 AM GMT
    You run a risk by keeping medications past their expiration date. The process of chemical change becomes much faster after the expiration date. Just throw out the old meds and buy the generic brand if you want to save money.
  • DrewT

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    Jun 01, 2009 5:31 AM GMT
    I don't follow them that well.... bad me...
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    Jun 01, 2009 5:40 AM GMT
    Perhaps expiration dates for medication could be a way for pharmaceutical companies to make a little more money?

    Did a little surfing and came across a story published in one of Harvard Medical's sites stating, "It turns out that the expiration date on a drug does stand for something, but probably not what you think it does. Since a law was passed in 1979, drug manufacturers are required to stamp an expiration date on their products. This is the date at which the manufacturer can still guarantee the full potency and safety of the drug."

    Full article: https://www.health.harvard.edu/fhg/updates/update1103a.shtml

    This story cites a column in Psychopharmacology Today, which basically says you can use medication after its expiry date. Full article: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/460159

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    Jun 01, 2009 5:55 AM GMT
    I learned my lesson about visine past expiration dates. That was a painful experience. icon_eek.gif I thought what most people would think: how could eye drops go bad? They were expired over 2 years. And spent most of their life in a hot car. So yeah, stupid.
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    Jun 01, 2009 6:23 AM GMT
    Most food products carry 'Best before' dates which is not the same as an 'Expiration date'. Most food products do not go off at a specific time - think about it: at 11:59 they are ok and at 12:00 midnight of the best before date, click, they are no longer edible. Any food product can go off sooner or later than the best before date depending on how is it handled and any number of other factors - the date is the manufacturers cya. However it is better to err on the side of caution with many food products - meat, whether fresh or processed, fish, shellfish, etc. Soured milk on the other hand makes great light fluffy cakes, biscuits, pancakes ...

    Meds are another matter. The date is an expiration date and meds can do strange things - they lose their efficacy, their chemical properties can break down.

    Toss the meds - use your judgement on food products.
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    Jun 01, 2009 6:36 AM GMT
    Meds don't exactly expire.
    We learned in pharmacology that their strength just decreases after the expiration date.
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    Jun 01, 2009 6:37 AM GMT
    I accidentally drank spoiled milk once, chunks and all. Due to this psychological scaring, I throw it out a day before exp date, and also smell it first. I love me some skim milk with Ovaltine though.
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    Jun 01, 2009 6:37 AM GMT
    I am not good with checking exp. dates on most things. Milk is one I am always looking, even my no-lactate milk. Once it goes it is gone; much to my husbands dismay.

    I don't normally check the meds in my house since I have so few. I did come across some sleeping pills my doctor gave me a while back and noticed they exp. like 9 mo. ago and I tossed them....... Made me too drowsy anyways.

    I know the rule I follow when I work (Work in a dietary dept. in a nursing home) and this rule works in any and every kitchen...."When in doubt; throw it out!"

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    Jun 01, 2009 6:59 AM GMT
    I live in a house with FIVE fridges.

    I have to label my food since I'll forget which milk's mine, if I cannot remember the food I buy, and so people know which milk's mine(!), etc.


    I hate cleaning them, I throw that s#!% out the minute it's past the "best buy" date; lots of room for beer though....
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    Jun 01, 2009 7:11 AM GMT
    jprichva saidI'm betting you have no expiration date, Chaaxy.


    Thanks, you're too kind! Who could ever throw me out?
  • NYCguy74

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    Jun 01, 2009 10:05 AM GMT
    so what would you guys do in new york city?
    the milk has 2 dates, so the label will say "sell by June 9 in NYC June 5"

    think i has something to do with most nyc food gets delivered to the sidewalk, so it gets warm for a time.
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    Jun 01, 2009 1:09 PM GMT
    I always buy skim milk since it lasts longer past the expiration than whole or 2%, It all depends on what the product is... I never automatically pitch it.

    Best rule is " when in doubt, throw it out"
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 01, 2009 1:12 PM GMT
    Well sometimes those dates are "best if used by" or "best if sold by"....
    but it probably isnt' a very good idea to use items long after their expiration dates... a short time.. maybe...

    I recently found something with an expiration date in 2006. Probably not a good idea to use it..

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    Jun 01, 2009 1:15 PM GMT
    Chaaxwvn said
    jprichva saidI'm betting you have no expiration date, Chaaxy.


    Thanks, you're too kind! Who could ever throw me out?


    Depends if you snore.

    Some stuff, like cans, does not expire. They have to put that on for legal reasons. Other things, like cereal, need chucking the second they reach the expiry date. I donĀ“t eat much that has expiration dates written on it.
  • NYCguy74

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    Jun 01, 2009 1:17 PM GMT
    the other morning, i had milk that was a little past the date, and didn't realize it.
    When i pored the milk into my coffee, it turned into an instant snow globe, the milk curdled into a bunch of little flakes. guess that's better than drinking at realizing it was a bit tangy.
  • rockleetpt

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    Jun 01, 2009 1:33 PM GMT
    Where I work my bosso recieves free food that is almost pasting it's "best before" / "expiration date" to deliver to charitable organizations. The leftovers are for him and his employees to take home too.

    So I take many things, like milk, bread, iogurts. Sometimes chocolate, cereal, ...

    Anyway milk and iogurts sometimes I ate and drink a week after the "best before" dates. They don't look/taste/smell bad, never found bad milk in those.

    A month ago I put milk I bought from the supermaket 2 months BEFORE expiration date and it was bad milk (Only one of the six packages only).
    So, in my experience at least. I just taste when I open a new milk package.
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    Jun 01, 2009 1:36 PM GMT
    [quote][cite]Fable said[/cite]you'd toss food
    but not medicine?

    weirdo... meds can fuck you up! i had an anti histamine that went out of date.. took it when i reacted badly to some anti biotics and i came up in these red bumps on my hands and feet. was not amused.

    Anyway everything gets tossed when it goes past the expiration date. mmy gran though, doesnt toss anything and she eats it as well

    i dont know how shes alive still icon_smile.gif[/quote


    Fable - old ladies are like that! My Grandmother is 89 yrs old, and for all her years, she's been eating bacon fat on toast for breakfast And has no cholesterol or arterial issues.

    Must have something to do with their developing bodies that far in the past when 'Oh, a little dirt never hurt anyone' ideology was in place. Way prior to hand sanitizer at every door!


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    Jun 01, 2009 2:43 PM GMT
    i too dump everything except yogurt... i mean how spoilt can already spoilt milk cultures get icon_razz.gif
  • Timbales

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    Jun 01, 2009 2:46 PM GMT
    food, medications, sunscreen, lotions, condoms - anything that has an expiration date gets chucked once it reaches it.
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    Jun 01, 2009 2:53 PM GMT


    I saw this topic title, saw who started it and thought, What's that saucy foxy Mr SILVERFOX1 up to now? lol

    So I entered fully expecting to see a topic about what to do or say when going on a 'last date' (expiration date) with someone.

    LOL

    jprichve said in his post "certified geezer" and now I want a T shirt that says that!

    -Doug

    PS Past Best before date - OK
    Past expiration date - no way
  • GQjock

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    Jun 01, 2009 2:54 PM GMT
    I don't keep anything long in my refrigerator

    Right now there's some juice, coffee, 3 eggs and some puppy food in there and that's it

    My kitchen is like the CIA ... everything is on an as needed basis icon_cool.gif