There is much confusion about when you should throw away the food in your. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) says this confusion is making a big contribution to food waste in the United States.
Unfortunately, the date on the packaging can make things even more confusing. Here's what sales, longevity, and longevity data mean and how you can really tell when your food is going bad.
The expiration date can seem pretty self-explanatory. The food goes bad that day, it's rotten and you should not buy it, right?
Actually, the food in the pack is still fresh. This date only helps stores to manage their stocks, according to the USDA.
According to the Institute of Food Technologists, only two-thirds of the total shelf-life of a product has been used after the expiration date. This means that the food stays fresh for the next few days.
Many stores discount products that have an expiration date above their expiration date. As long as you use the item in the next few days, you will get a good supply of absolutely safe food.
You can also freeze food with an expired expiration date if you do not use it immediately. Search for these offers and value them.
The expiration date is more important to consumers. It actually gives you an idea of when the food can go bad, though it's not always an indicator of when the food will make you sick.
If a product has exceeded the expiration date, texture, color, and quality may change, but technically not. If it is one or two days after the expiration date, you should be OK. Longer than that and you should probably throw it.
The only exception to this rule is baby formula. The USDA notes that any formulas that go beyond the expiration date should be thrown away.
The expiration date has nothing to do with security. It's just on the pack to let you know how long the food tastes and looks good. After the date has passed, the food may taste stale.
How do you know when the food is bad?
OK, the label data does not help so much to determine when the food gets bad. How do you avoid throwing away good food?
According to the USDA, there are some ways to determine if food is too old to eat. Basically, trust your senses.
If it smells like rot or mold grows, throw it out. When meat products become slimy or sticky, this is a good sign that they are also lazy.
Many people think that meat or poultry products are bad when they change their color. That's a myth. Color changes are normal, but if the meat is sticky, slimy, moldy or stinky, throw it away.