Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Do you know what the dates on your canned, dairy & meat, baby food and dry goods mean ? Are you senselessly throwing out perfectly good food that somehow got lost for a while in yor pantry. here's the low down on what food packaging terminology really means.
• “Freshness Date” or “Best if Used By Date”: This tells you how long a food will be fresh and at top quality if it is stored properly. After that date, the product may still be safe to eat, but may not taste as good.
Foods with freshness dates: Bread, salad dressing, raisins and cereal. Many canned products have a “for best quality use by” date stamped on the top or bottom of the can. “Expiration” dates are rarely found on canned food.
• “Sell-By Date”: This is the last day a food should be sold at the grocery store. Most foods will still be fresh and safe to eat for a week or so after the sell by date.
Foods with sell-by dates: Cheese, milk, meat and yogurt.
• “Expiration Date”: This is the last day a food should be eaten and may not be safe to eat after the date has passed.
Foods with expiration dates: Baby formula
• Foods that don’t have dates: Use a marker or label to indicate when you purchased them.
Get more info on food safety and the benefits of canned food at http://mealtime.org
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