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Expired milk

nbermas Apr 24, 2008 09:46 AM

I have a expired 2% milk, it expired 1 day ago can I use it for anything is is it just spoiled milk? Help

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    jeanmarieok Apr 25, 2008 07:32 AM

    I've had milk that's OK for a full week past the due date. Just taste it. I can tell when it's 'turning', before it's bad....

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    1. re: jeanmarieok
      millygirl Apr 25, 2008 08:34 AM

      Make creme fraiche and get yourself some fresh berries.....yum!

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      Nyleve Apr 25, 2008 07:29 AM

      You buy a container of milk and leave it out on the counter on a warm day and it will be spoiled within hours, whether it's within it's sell-by date or not. On the other hand, if you store milk in the refrigerator at the proper temperature, it can often keep way beyond the date stamped on the carton. Seriously - just taste it. If it's off, you'll know right away. And a tiny taste of sour milk will NOT kill you or even make you sick. Please don't throw out perfectly good food just because the government has decreed a certain (quite conservative, in my opinion) policy of date-stamping. This is horribly wasteful.

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        jzerocsk Apr 25, 2008 06:52 AM

        It's not an "Expiration" date, it's a "Sell-by" date meaning the retailer has to sell it to you before that date. It doesn't just automagically go sour at 12:01 AM on the sell-by date. Your knows nose!

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          MMRuth Apr 25, 2008 07:00 AM

          Interesting article here about it:


          I do taste rather than just smell though, because sometimes there is a little milk encrusted at the opening that does smell off, even if the milk tastes fine.

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            millygirl Apr 25, 2008 07:08 AM

            Very interesting read...thanks for posting MMRuth.

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              vvvindaloo Apr 25, 2008 11:09 AM

              I, too, have found that perfectly good milk can have a funny smell near the opening. I will drink milk past the sell-by date if the carton was opened recently. However, I will also admit to being guilty of pouring the last few ounces of a milk carton down the drain without tasting it, in order to open a "fresh" one. It's a psychological thing, i guess.

          2. Mild Bill Apr 24, 2008 07:48 PM

            You need the government to tell you whether your milk is spoiled or not?
            Pour a shot and taste it...

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              foodwich Apr 24, 2008 05:03 PM

              i buy milk from costco and use it past the expiration date and its perfectly fine. however you can always bring it to the boil and if it is spoiled it will seperate, if not its safe to use.

              1. scubadoo97 Apr 24, 2008 10:29 AM

                Those dates are guide lines. Milk can spoil if not kept at proper temerature before the experiation date and may be perfectly good to use far after that date. You can make yogurt with it if you are uncomfortable yet it taste fine. In yogurt making you heat the milk to kill off most bacteria and yeasts

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                  stephanieh Apr 24, 2008 10:12 AM

                  Pour a little in a glass and smell it. (If you smell from the milk container, you may get a sour smell from milk collected around the opening). If it doesn't smell bad, it should be ok to use. I'm pretty cautious with milk though. I'm a little more comfortable using it in something to be cooked rather than drinking expired milk.

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                    nbermas Apr 24, 2008 10:16 AM

                    Do you think you can use it on your face or the bath?

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                      jaykayen Apr 25, 2008 01:31 PM

                      Probably, since the good stuff for your skin is the lactic acid...which isn't affected if it's a day expired.

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                    Val Apr 24, 2008 09:56 AM

                    If it smells okay, take a tiny taste...if it tastes alright, I'd use it.

                    1. davmar77 Apr 24, 2008 09:55 AM

                      has it actually turned? if not,it should still be ok,at least for now.

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