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bagged spinach, 'use by' date

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Thed0gs Tue 02-Feb-16 17:34:36

This is probably going to sound so daft, but here it goes....

I have a bag of prewashed spinach. It says 'use by' instead of 'best before'. It looks fine, smells fine....I'm assuming it's ok to eat?!

Why have they started putting 'use by' on veg?? Is it just to make you buy more??

rogueantimatter Tue 02-Feb-16 17:56:42

It'll be fine. Wash it again.

TeamEponine Tue 02-Feb-16 18:01:18

Yup. If it isn't soggy or slimy, it will be fine. Love spinach, so I'll take it off of your hands of you don't want to risk it.

Thed0gs Tue 02-Feb-16 18:58:54

Thank you; it has been eaten.

Dancingqueen17 Tue 02-Feb-16 19:31:46

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Thed0gs Tue 02-Feb-16 21:15:41

Yes Dancing, I'm usually like that as usually fruit/veg has 'best before'. I imagine there are lots of people who would end up throwing out lots of veg because of this.

wanderingwondering Tue 02-Feb-16 21:18:49

Do you find the washed stuff goes off quicker? I have a bag of (possibly mutant) unwashed spinach in the fridge which not only appears to regenerate (has fed 3+ people 3 meals so far) but also appears fresh as the day I bought it over a week ago. Wheras the mixed leaves are sliming up already after only a few days

Thed0gs Wed 03-Feb-16 08:13:29

Yes I do actually Wandering, which is why I generally avoid it. Maybe the extra handling causes more bacteria so then they have to put a use by date instead I dunno

TeamEponine Wed 03-Feb-16 08:25:52

Have you tried frozen spinach? Obviously not as good as the fresh stuff, and no good for salads or sandwiches. But if you want to just chuck some in a pasta or risotto, then it is pretty good!

Thed0gs Wed 03-Feb-16 14:51:04

I haven't cooked with it myself, Team, but I think they use it (or the canned stuff) in curries etc too

GrouchyKiwi Wed 03-Feb-16 15:47:24

Oooh, good hint that the prewashed stuff goes off faster!

I much prefer baby spinach to lettuce for sandwiches but get frustrated with how quickly it can go slimy and gross. I'll be growing my own soon, but in the meantime will look for unwashed stuff!

dementedma Sat 06-Feb-16 21:04:21

I find spinach lasts well and use it miles past its use by date.

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