lordargent: RY28: I just love it when the milk is spoiled three days before the "use by" date , even though I keep my fridge at chilly beer temp . Yum !I switched to almond milk, because I only used whole white milk for cereal, which I eat sporadically.// I would eat a bowl of cereal, and the rest of the milk would spoil before I got the hankering for cereal again.// Bonus, the almond milk doesn't even require refrigeration until it's opened.// I'm not even quite sure when opened almond milk actually spoils. The recommendation is just a few days (silk says 7-10 days), but I think that recommendation is pure bullshiat because I've had quarts sitting around for much longer with no noticeable drop in quality whatsoever. So I'm still scratching my head as to what almond milk looks/smells like when it goes bad.
Burning_Monk: Soulcatcher: Obviously meat and dairy have a short lifespan. A box of Cap'n Crunch? Not so much. It just starts getting a stale taste eventually. It doesn't send you to the ER in diarrhea/vomit purgatory.Depending on the meat, but when frozen it can usually last several months if not a year or more.dustygrimp: Lots of people seem to not fark around with milk. That's funny to me since it's the item that is most accomodating about telling you when it's bad by its smell.Tip: don't just open a bottle of milk and smell it. Pour some into a cup and smell that. The milk film around the lid can be soured but the actual milk can still be good.
Petit_Merdeux: It's Meatcake!
YixilTesiphon: Thingster: Look up egg recycling.Eggs are so shelf stable that it's legal for the store to send them back, at which point they get mixed in with fresh eggs, put in a carton with a new use by date, and sent back to the store.So use by dates on eggs are functionally meaningless? Delightful.
DROxINxTHExWIND: YixilTesiphon: DROxINxTHExWIND: The statistics of food waste are staggering. It's estimated that a family of four throws away $2,275 each year in food.I'm sure I was throwing that amount of food away per month at one time. Jesus, I'm a horrible grocery shopper. Finally got tired of seeing good money go down the drain (literally), so now I shop in much smaller increments. Maybe two or max three days worth of meals. I get the smaller sized milk because my son barely touches it, so I'm not tossing a half gallon of milk away every couple of weeks anymore. Instead of cooking a giant pot of spaghetti, I cook smaller portions knowing now that I am NOT going to eat spaghetti everyday for the rest of the week, no matter how much I convince myself that I will. Instead of gettinga satchel of bananas, like I'm expecting Grape Ape for dinner, I just get a few ripe ones so that only one or two are left at the end of the week. Etc.Jesus, my wife and I spend about $5000/year on food.Mostly I use sell by dates on things like eggs to see how long they are likely to last. If the grocery store is selling eggs with sell by dates a few days away (fark you Randall's), I stay away.On the other hand I sometimes buy 36 eggs at Costco with sell by dates far in the future. I ate three this morning that were "best by" yesterday. That doesn't worry me.Just to clarify, I was exaggerating. If I was throwing away $2200/month in food, I have a good support system around me who would try to whip my ass. That kind of stupidity is frowned upon in my circle.
12349876: Carn: So I guess eat more fresh food and it's less of a problem?They're the ones that need it most. I have no idea if the blueberries I get will last 4 days or 14 days./have gotten both//hard as single guy to make it through a whole pack in 4 days if you want some variety in your fruit
The Crepes of Wrath: How about not buying more food than you're capable of eating before it spoils? That would help.
LoneVVolf: If you see a tin can swelled up like a water balloon, nuke it form orbit. Just to be sure...
TheAnusThatAteManhattan: Russ1642: Jim_Callahan: OK, so let's swap from pasteurization to irradiation treatments (x-ray exposure) as the standard sterilization. That'll, what, triple the expiration dates on food so we can ship it everywhere?Oh, wait, farking anti-nuclear conspiracy theorist morons like the people running MNN have shat on anything with the word 'radiation' in it so that we can't have nice things. How unfortunate.I think most food irradiation is done with gamma sources (not that there's a physical difference from x-rays). I've had nutters explain to me that microwave ovens leave radiation in food so unless you change the education system in the US you'll never get the people to understand it.It's worse than that even. I've talked with science and engineering majors who won't use wifi because it's radiation and can cause cancer. Oy vey.
tuna fingers: I agree with these guys FTFA:Screw those dates. Arbitrary. Empower yourself and use your senses. Does it look smell or taste gross? No, then eat it!'Use by' is a guideline. Scratch 'n sniff is more effective. Even more so with pharmaceuticals (within reason).
Jim_Callahan: OK, so let's swap from pasteurization to irradiation treatments (x-ray exposure) as the standard sterilization. That'll, what, triple the expiration dates on food so we can ship it everywhere?Oh, wait, farking anti-nuclear conspiracy theorist morons like the people running MNN have shat on anything with the word 'radiation' in it so that we can't have nice things. How unfortunate.
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