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Feb 15, 2012 03:34 PM

Expired heavy cream

Just found an unopened carton of ultra pastuerized heavy cream in my fridge. The exp. date is 01/09/12. If it smells ok, is it ok to use? Thanks.

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  1. It should be fine, especially if it was unopened until now. I'd use it. Is an expiration date or a sell by date? Big difference.

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    1. re: Leepa

      It says use by 01/09/12. Thanks.

    2. you're fine as is (I'll bet) you're heavy cream.
      I've found containers that got pushed to back of frig and although expired (according to package) still good as new.
      and my dates were worse than yours ;:-/

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        1. re: iL Divo

          Smell t, then taste a small amount. If it was sealed it may well be good.

        2. The fat in heavy cream seems to keep it good for a long time. Non-fat milk is what goes bad on me very quickly.

          1. If it smells good use it.

            1. I had one that had expired on the 11th & don't remember when I had opened it but used it last week & it was fine. I just smelled/tasted it to make sure it hadn't gone sour or anything.