Food Expiration Dates Are Used To Make You Send More Money - Here’s What You Should Know

If you're one of those people who toss food as soon as the expiration date hits, you might be throwing away your money. Food 'sell by' or 'use by' dates are only estimates; the food is not set to expire at an exact time.

'Sell by' dates started being placed on products back in the 1970s, when people started getting perishables from stores rather than gardens. Since people didn't know when food was picked, the supermarket would give a suggested time frame for freshness.

Food manufacturers began labeling foods themselves, only the actual dates they pick are little more than estimates. Handling and storage bring in so many variables, that it would be impossible to know an exact date something is going to go bad.

Usually, manufacturers err on the side of caution, giving the earliest likely date for a food to stay fresh. This works out in their favor, because if you're throwing away expired foods still in your fridge, you'll have to go out and buy more.

The truth is, many foods can last long beyond their expiration date. It's better to check the smell, texture and appearance than it is to check the date stamped on the package.

Baby food is the only food the government recommends following expiration dates. All other foods, you can use your own judgement. This could save you a small fortune in restocking the fridge and pantry.

Source: AWM
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