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How past the sell by date would you still eat something?

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PlightOfTheConchords Mon 22-Jun-20 15:19:29

So I’m having a bit of a clear out in the garage and I’ve found flour, raisins, sauces, bread sticks, Nutella, peanut butter, chocolate, pasta, rice and a few other miscellaneous items all dated 2019.

Would you eat them all?

What’s the longest you’ve left a sell by date and still eaten it?

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Hingeandbracket Mon 22-Jun-20 15:21:20

Yep - can't remember exactly but have eaten some stuff many years beyond dates - highly depends on items though - nothing in your list would phase me.

VettiyaIruken Mon 22-Jun-20 15:21:29

I don't take any notice of sell by dates. They don't mean the food isn't perfectly fine to eat.

There's nothing on that list I wouldn't have a crack at as long as they looked ok.

BovrilonToast Mon 22-Jun-20 15:23:54

Yep. I ate month old yoghurt the other day. It was fine.

EllaAlright Mon 22-Jun-20 15:25:06

Yeah, I don’t pay much attention to best before dates, it only means that the quality may be reduced if you eat it after this date, most of the time though, this isn’t the case, and the food tastes just the same.

I’m a bit more stringent with use by dates, which is generally chilled foods and meat.

SadSisters Mon 22-Jun-20 15:25:51

Depends on how they look and smell.

Habibtihayati Mon 22-Jun-20 15:28:23

I'd eat all of that much longer past the date than a year! I've eaten plenty worse and lived to tell the tale. Just consider that use by/best before dates are a fairly recent invention and for thousands of years people have managed (without the added benefit of refrigeration or pressure canning etc.) to decide by sight, smell and taste whether something was ok to eat or not.

Juo Mon 22-Jun-20 15:32:00

All those things I'd eat. Recently used some 8 year old brown sugar, it was rock solid but fine.

TheNestedIf Mon 22-Jun-20 15:33:33

I'd still eat it, assuming that, other than the rice, the items hadn't been opened.

The flour I'd examine very closely. I've had flour mites before. I think they were actually introduced to my cupboards through a large pack of Florentines but a bag of old flour was certainly a prime target. Cost me a fortune in thrown ingredients and Tupperware that did.

TheSandman Mon 22-Jun-20 15:35:52

2019? I'd eat / cook the lot with no hesitation. Can't see why you would even ask.

What’s the longest you’ve left a sell by date and still eaten it?

It didn't have a sell by on it but I know it was at least 30 years since it was put in the jar - because I put it there. It was honey from one of my parents' hives.

PlightOfTheConchords Mon 22-Jun-20 15:36:27

What do flour mites look like? It’s seeded flour so that might make it more complicated to spot them.

Funnily enough I would never second guessed any of it before but I think I’ve been a bit of anxious recently so I’m second guessing myself.

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TheSandman Mon 22-Jun-20 15:37:20

"What do flour mites look like? It’s seeded flour so that might make it more complicated to spot them."

If it's moving it's not a seed.

TheNestedIf Mon 22-Jun-20 15:39:37

Flour mites look like this

www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fuk.toluna.com%2Fopinions%2F3970853%2FHave-you-ever-had-flour-mite-in-your-flour&psig=AOvVaw2PLL9ytqppmAzSOYAEe3dq&ust=1592923033091000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCLjSu_DSleoCFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

They are very, very small, about 2mm.

RedCatBlueCat Mon 22-Jun-20 15:40:05

I'd eat all that so long as the flour wasnt moving, and it smelt ok when I opened it.

GrandAltogetherSo Mon 22-Jun-20 15:41:00

I used some sherry vinegar in cooking that was 12 years out of date. 🤷🏻‍♀️

IncrediblySadToo Mon 22-Jun-20 15:41:24

I'd eat all of that except the flour. But I'm very fussy about flour, it goes in the freezer for 48 hours when I buy it, then it goes through a very very fine sieve before I use it.

Not sure how old the oldest thing ive eaten is...but well older than that, but can't beat @TheSandman 's 30 year old honey that's for sure!

june2007 Mon 22-Jun-20 15:42:55

Depends on what it is and how it is stored.

nonetcurtains Mon 22-Jun-20 15:43:22

Flour mites are about the size of a spider mite, tiny things. You'll see them moving if you open the flour bag carefully, look in the folds of the paper bags at the top.
I once took a bag of flour back to Aldi and the manager looked at me and said - "they're only flour mites, they won't hurt you". Gee thanks but I want an exchange all the same!

Geekster1963 Mon 22-Jun-20 15:45:37

If it’s best before dates it’s generally safe to eat past it’s date for quite a while. Use by dates which are generally chilled foods like, milk, cheese etc can make you unwell. Though to be honest in both cases I go by how it looks and smells.

MereDintofPandiculation Mon 22-Jun-20 15:47:38

it goes in the freezer for 48 hours when I buy it, then it goes through a very very fine sieve before I use it. That would seem like a good way of dealing with flour mites. Before I had a freezer I baked some flour and sieved the mites out. Didn't do much for the quality of the flour, but it was more use than it would have been in the compost heap.

MereDintofPandiculation Mon 22-Jun-20 15:50:57

Use by dates which are generally chilled foods like, milk, cheese etc can make you unwell. I haven't found milk is a problem - once it's turned, I use it in scones.

It depends on both the foodstuff and the normal shelf life. A month past on something that has a shelf life of two years is clearly less problem than a month past something that had a "use by" of 2 days after it was produced.

DeepfriedPizza Mon 22-Jun-20 15:52:59

I tend to eat anything out the cupboards months past their date but I’m a bit more wary of things kept in the fridge. I’d probably only give them a week’s grace.

SchrodingersImmigrant Mon 22-Jun-20 15:55:31

I've eaten homemade chutney from 2008 few months ago😁

What do flour mites look like? It’s seeded flour so that might make it more complicated to spot them.
It's extra protein then😁

MsVestibule Mon 22-Jun-20 15:55:48

An unopened packet of shrink wrapped bacon, about a year out of date. Still pink, still delicious.

Yogurt - ate one with a sell by date of September a few days ago, absolutely fine.

Pudding rice in the back of a cupboard - sell by date 2012, absolutely fine.

If it looks and smells OK, I eat it!!

itsgettingweird Mon 22-Jun-20 16:06:03

Never had dried goods that long to know!

My rule with fresh food is it's fine until it's growing new food grin

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