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(Mother Nature Network)   There would be a lot less wasted food in this world if we didn't have all those pesky 'use by' dates   (mnn.com) divider line 22
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2013-09-19 02:35:40 PM
8 votes:
Yeah, and don't get me started on that 'Age of Consent' bullshiat.
2013-09-19 09:48:39 PM
3 votes:
RY28:  I  switched to organic milk which lasts for several weeks .

I switched to vodka, which doesn't seem to last very long.
2013-09-19 03:04:36 PM
3 votes:

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


A whole pack can make it through me in less than four hours.
2013-09-19 02:44:11 PM
3 votes:

DerAppie: Anything before the date is good 99.999% of the time (packaging errors/damaged packaging might still cause it to spoil). After the date? Don't be a pussy. Your ancestors imported spices to deal with the less-than-fresh taste of foods that were just over the peak. Learn from the past.


They also died of dysentery on the Oregon trail.
2013-09-19 04:56:26 PM
2 votes:

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.


Same with bread. Cut off the moldy bits and it's fine. Last year I saved almost $8 doing this.
2013-09-19 03:17:44 PM
2 votes:
200 years and still good eatin'.

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2013-09-19 03:00:15 PM
2 votes:

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.


I just agree with them, and talk about how sometimes you can actually feel the infrared radiation emitted by something that's been in the microwave.
That usually confuses them.
2013-09-19 02:52:49 PM
2 votes:
I'll chance it with everything but milk. If milk says expires 20 Sep, 11:59 on Sep 19th I am pouring that bastard down the sink. (if I'm up. Otherwise it can wait until morning). I drank chunky milk once. Never again.
2013-09-19 02:40:22 PM
2 votes:
images3.wikia.nocookie.net

It's more of a guidline than a rule.

/oblig pirate day reference fulfilled.
2013-09-19 09:26:46 PM
1 votes:
When poison goes out of date, does it become less or more poisonous?
2013-09-19 04:40:01 PM
1 votes:

Seat's Taken: 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).

As someone who has tested pharmaceuticals after 3 years in a controlled "bad" environment (H3/H4 - 40°C 75%RH) I can say that while most will last for decades, you have the problem that a few of them degrade into some nasty chemicals.  Oh, and stay away from acetaminophen if at all possible.


Word on acetaminophen. That poison should not be available to people period. Incredibly dangerous drug for drinkers and people who tend to over medicate themselves.

/Need my liver as intact as possible for many more years of gregarious alcohol abuse

=]
2013-09-19 04:23:28 PM
1 votes:

Petit_Merdeux: It's Meatcake!


Came for this.  Surprised it took this far into the thread!
There's a bigger responsibility, and that is getting into that refrigerator and deciding which things need to be thrown away. Most peoplewill not take that responsibility. Most people will just go and get what they want, leave everything else alone, and say, 'Well, someone else wants that. Someone else will eat that.' Meanwhile, the thing is getting smaller, and smaller, and smaller...and is, in fact, stuck to the rack.

Well, I've gotta' go in there and decide when to throw things away. 'Chocolate pudding, does anyone want this last chocolate pudding? I have just one chocolate pudding left, it's only pulled away from the side of the dish about three inches all the way around...and there's a huge fault running through the center of the pudding. Actually, it's nothing but a ball of skin at this point. Does anyone want a ball of fault-ridden chocolate pudding skin, I'm only going to throw it away.'

Do people do that with you? Offer you some food that, if you don't eat it,they're only going to 'throw it away' Well, doesn't that make you feel dandy?'Here's some something to eat, Dave, hurry up, it's spoiling....something for you, Angela, eat quickly, that green pod is moving...here Bob, eat this before I give it to an animal.'"

"You ever been looking through the refrigerator, and you come across an empty plate? Boy, that starts me to wondering. DID SOMETHING EAT SOMETHING ELSE?!?! WHOA...MAYBE THE OLIVES ATE THE TUNA...MAYBE THAT CHICKEN ISN'T REALLY DEAD YET. Actually, I picture a little mouse with gloves and a parka on, you know, just waiting for the lights to go out."

 "Perhaps the worst thing that can happen is to reach into the refrigerator and come out with something that you cannot identify...at all. You literally do not know what it is! Could be meat...could be cake. Usually, at a time like this, I'll bluff:'Honey, is this good?''Well, what is it?''I don't know...I've never seen anything like it. It looks like...MEATCAKE!''Well, smell it!''(sniff)-ah, (sniff)-ah...it has absolutely no smell whatsoever!''It's good!'
2013-09-19 04:07:29 PM
1 votes:

Carn: TheChaosPath: KellyX: LoneVVolf: If you see a tin can swelled up like a water balloon, nuke it form orbit. Just to be sure...

Unless it's surströmming, then you know it's ready

This.

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well I learned something today.  Is that shiat as nasty as its description?  MMM rotten fish.


At least its canned rotten fish. Icelanders just bury sharks in dirt for a few months or weeks or however long it takes for the flesh to turn into a gelatinous goo.
2013-09-19 03:31:47 PM
1 votes:

Russ1642: DerAppie: Anything before the date is good 99.999% of the time (packaging errors/damaged packaging might still cause it to spoil). After the date? Don't be a pussy. Your ancestors imported spices to deal with the less-than-fresh taste of foods that were just over the peak. Learn from the past.

They also died of dysentery on the Oregon trail.


Ah, but I learned my history and I'm not going to travel the Oregon trail. Danger averted.
2013-09-19 03:30:06 PM
1 votes:
It's Meatcake!
2013-09-19 03:10:14 PM
1 votes:

weirdneighbour:  A place I used to work at years ago had sandwich vending machine, the guy would come every week or two to replenish the machine, tossing the "past" sandwiches in the garbage. Of course we would fish them out and eat them, they were still good. One guy even left them on a table so's not to make us go through the garbage. Then there was this company a** hole guy who would put his thumb through every "past" sandwich before tossing it in the garbage, real hero, it just pissed us off, wonder what his fark handle is?

/prob worst sentence structure on fark(earth)
//any fark phonics major can have at it


Do you also eat partially eaten eclairs if they're sitting right on top of the other garbage?
2013-09-19 03:09:17 PM
1 votes:

KingKauff: For that matter, what about my sour cream?


I usually figure it'd bad when lots of reddish liquid forms on top, that or it's having a period
2013-09-19 03:00:57 PM
1 votes:

LoneVVolf: If you see a tin can swelled up like a water balloon, nuke it form orbit. Just to be sure...


Unless it's surströmming, then you know it's ready
2013-09-19 02:57:08 PM
1 votes:

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.


I've seen it go full retard. I used to work at a small nuclear reactor. The nutcases would get headaches and dizziness just by being in our lab, even when the reactor was off and there was next to nothing radiactive sitting around, and the reactor itself was a couple floors beneath them at the bottom of a deep pool. No matter how much you tried to explain it to them they just couldn't handle seeing all those radioactive warning stickers on everything. They'd probably throw up if they came within three feet of a biohazard sticker.
2013-09-19 02:50:46 PM
1 votes:

Gaseous Anomaly: How else am I supposed to know when my bleu cheese goes bad?


It tastes good?
2013-09-19 02:40:24 PM
1 votes:
If it weren't for "sell by" dates, food pantries would have 85% less food.
2013-09-19 02:39:58 PM
1 votes:
What's the percentage of "poors" with refrigerators? I'm sure that effects these dates.
 
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