Genuine question... But expecting a slating from at least one MN because there's always a few waiting to tear shreds from innocent posters (or is that just my bad experience?)
Spring cleaning my kitchen today and, as usual, came across a fair amount of out of date food... AIBU to just dump it as it is or should I really open every can/jar, dispose of contents then wash before recycling?
I'll rephrase that, obviously I SHOULD do the decent thing - but WWYD?
If it is just BBE, I would generally use up to 12 months after the date. Also, if you Google, you can find out how long individual products actually do keep. Are you sure you couldn't use them for something? If not, the best thing is remove the contents and recycle the tins and jars. If you have food waste recycling, even better.
I bought a tinned chocolate pudding that my H likes and he took it away with him when he had a contract that lasted a year. He was away Mon-Fri, and when I went with him to help him pack up, it was still in the cupboard.
My daughter then moved out and took it with her. After two years, she brought it home. It lived in the cupboard for another few years, then we moved house. It finally went in the bin in 2014, when it was three years out of date.
to be fair though, if you haven't eaten it during the last 2-4 years it's been in the cupboard, are you really likely to eat it now? may as well throw it out (or give away to friends who really like tinned value veggie curry/confit duck leg in goose fat/other obscure and disgusting food stuff).
I opened a tin of rice pudding last year that dated from the nineties (found in cupboard at ex's house). It did taste a bit odd (but was probably not unsafe)
Everything back in the cupboard with the exception of the tinned mackerel (does anyone actual like mackerel???) which is soon to be in the dog/cat.
I am VERY aware that this is but a feeble attempt to make me sound like a relatively decent person - but I DID spoon/wash out and recycle all the out of date curry sauces and pastes I found in the fridge. Still feeling nauseous now...
I opened a jar of peanut butter three weeks ago, couldn't remember buying it. Whilst eating my sandwich I idly turned the jar to read the bb date, it was June 2016. I'm gradually working my way through it and don't seem to be suffering any ill effects.
Years ago I would have chucked stuff out even if it had a month left on it, never mind out of date - now I will use best before way after they are out (used some red pesto tonight which went out 4 months ago) and use by stuff a few days after the date is out. Watched a programme a bit ago where some person who decides on use by dates said they make sure there are a good 3-4 days after the actual use by date before it's classed as unusable