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Feb 18, 2014 11:11 AM

What Foods have You Eaten That Were Past The 'Best By' or 'Expired Date'

I almost always eat something which has past the best by or expired date. Most of the time it's items like Peanut Butter, canned tuna but, lately, I've used dry yeast that expired in 2004, it was fine. Always eggs, cream cheese that had best by about a month ago and a couple of weeks ago Nyquil that expired in 2011 all with no issues at all. Oh, and that's not to mention when I was in the military, I ate C-Rations that were about 40 years old, and am living to tell about it.

How about you what food items do you eat that have best by or expired dates that have long past.

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  1. I actually shop on a regular basis at a scratch and dent store that has items that can be up to a year out of date. Once it hits the one year mark they can still sell it but it must be marked "not for human consumption". I have never gotten sick. I do watch the dates and won't buy certain expired things like taco shells and tortillas because the oils can go rancid. But, in general none of the canned goods and boxed rices etc are off limits to me.

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    1. re: suzigirl

      You bring up a good point, when I was a kid all we could afford were veggies out of cans, I don't believe they had any dates on the cans. My the good old days!

      1. re: treb

        You mean the days when packages could just be opened and didn't have three safety seals on them? Ahh, those were the days...

      2. re: suzigirl

        I once found an old package of taco shells at my parents' house. Oh my were they awful.

        1. re: fldhkybnva

          Taco shells have either lard or oil in them which will turn rancid.

      3. If it smells OK and nothing seems off, I don't even look at the date. The only time I do is when I open something and it seems fowl. I probably should pay more attention.

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        1. re: fldhkybnva

          So how do you know when the fish sauce is off? Or the durian??

        2. I'm still using raisins that are half a year past their best before date. I get a bit anxious each time I use them, but I can't bring myself to throw out the entire bag.

          ...It's a big bag.

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          1. re: NancyChin

            Plus they're dried, how much can go wrong. I have dried cranberries that are way past best y date.

            1. re: treb

              Thanks for the reassurance. I will use them all up! (Eventually)

            2. re: NancyChin

              raisins? no problema with "expiration" really -- they just get harder. if you are cooking with them, just give them extra moisture and time.

            3. I had a tube of tomato paste I just finished off that I bought on a trip to Italy 3 years ago. I opened it soon after arriving home from that trip and kept it in the fridge. Not sure what the "use by" date was, but I am sure it was up.

              1. Yogurt as long as the top wasn't distended. I usually do any canned goods, I've kept eggs for months and eaten them to no ill effect. Box juices too.

                As long as it smells ok, the package isn't bulging or have a fur coat, should be good. :)

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                1. re: bdachow

                  Most Greek Yogurt has a 2 month +/- best by date when I buy it in the store.

                  1. re: treb

                    I've eaten Chibani Greek yogurt that was 4 months beyond its date. It was fine.

                    1. re: Kelli2006

                      I just ate some Chobani today that had a date of Dec 2013. Plan on doing the same tomorrow.

                  2. re: bdachow

                    I thought the deal with the expiration date on yogurt was that is generally when the benefits of the beneficial bacteria start to wane.