Let him raise his hand who hasn’t smelled food in the refrigerator at least once in his life after the expiration date to see if he can still eat it.
While a lot of these foods end up in the trash, a lot of them still end up on our plates, but when it comes to food safety we should always be careful, especially if your health is in poor health.
Approximately 40 percent of consumers eat expired foods, and more than two-thirds of people test product safety by simply sniffing food and checking its color, although both homemade testing methods are hopelessly unreliable.
We should be more flexible with expiration dates, but it is crucial to differentiate the expiration date label and best use up to the expiration date means it is dangerous to consume the product after that date, while best use up to … means eating before reaches its peak on this date, after which it is harmless.
What can you eat after the deadline?
Cookies or cereals can become softer after the best-before date, but they are completely safe to consume. In general: very salty (e.g. cucumber), sweet (honey or jam), fermented (sauerkraut) or dried (biscuits) pose a very low risk.
Namely, there are five ways to kill bacteria to make food safer. Food can be stored in acidic liquids like vinegar, so you can eat cucumbers long after the expiration date marked on the jar.
Large amounts of sugar are also a very effective method of preservation, so that sweet spreads are safe even after the use-by date. Recently it was even found that 5,000 year old honey found in Egypt is edible and completely harmless.
The fermentation process used in dishes like sauerkraut is also effective at preserving food, as are traditional methods of salting and drying meat and fish.
Properly prepared salami can last all year round, but it will get drier over time. After all, cooking a product thoroughly will destroy most bacteria as they cannot survive high temperatures. For example, if meat darkens from exposure to air, it should not be thrown away. Simply prepare over high heat. However, washing meat under running water does not bring him anything. Additionally, this method can be counterproductive as bacteria can spread through the kitchen, surfaces, and rags.
The “use by” label is important for most fresh foods, especially meat products, but sometimes this notice can be ignored. Hard cheese is one such case. Even if mold has formed on the outside, the inside of the cheese is healthy and edible. The same principle applies to bread. However, the same does not apply to soft cheeses such as brie or camembert.
Surprisingly, “use up” doesn’t apply to eggs. They can still be used in cakes or hard-boiled salads. However, after the expiration date, they should not be fried or cooked soft. Likewise, you can make pancakes from sour milk free. Heat treatment of milk kills all harmful bacteria.
Don’t eat meat after the expiration date, as poultry and pork are by far the leading cause of food poisoning. The problem is exacerbated by the plant cultivation, which spreads contamination. The latest report from Compassion In World Farming shows that the chronic stress suffered by intensive factory-raised animals greatly reduces the performance of their immune systems, making their organisms a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. In free-range animals, dangerous bacteria usually remain in the intestines and do not invade the meat, and outdoor breeding stops E. coli from growing.