How close to the sell by date are you willing to purchase milk?
I usually purchase 1 gallon containers of skim/fat free milk. I'm finding it more common for it to be within several days of the sell by date, too close for my liking. Today I opted for two 1/2 gallon containers with a date of March 21 vs. a gallon with a March 11 date. But I hate the idea that this will likely contribute to a gallon of milk having to soon be discarded. Interested to hear others' thoughts on how the dates affect their purchasing.
MIlk can't read. It will keep at least two weeks beyond the pull date if it's been stored properly.
The higher the fat content the longer it keeps, so nonfat has a shorter shelf life.
You could always break down into smaller conatiners and freeze some, as mentioned above.
I always check for the latest expiration date...also I try to take a gallon that is far back in the case out of the light, as light hastens the spoilage. That said, It is rare I have milk go bad.
Like other posters, I am not a milk-drinker.
I do use dairy in cooking and baking, mostly buttermilk and cream.
I find no loss in quality when the product is past the stamped expiration date. Especially when the container is unopened and refrigerated.
I would not worry about about the exact date of expiry marked on the container. If after the expiry date the milk smells and tastes normal the chances are it is still drinkable. I think even 2 weeks past the date ,if kept properly refrigerated will be still safe to drink.
As an aside, I feel the expiry date on all perishible foods and over-the-counter medicines are great exaggerations used to frighten gullible customers into discarding perfectly safe products thereby increasing corporate sales and profits. Just use common sense. When was the last time you heard that someone became seriously ill after disregarding an expiry date on a package?
Agreed on both points. I have had milk 2-3 weeks in my fridge past the expiration date (2%) that never smelled or tasted any different. Granted, I kept it in the back of the fridge where it stays cold.
We use milk for cereal, cooking/baking but rarely drink it straight up. I try to buy milk 10 days or more before the expiration date. I won't buy it less than a week prior.
If I bought milk with sell-by date of TODAY and it went south before end of the week... I'd take it back! Don't know exact numbers but think milk is supposed to be GOOD for at least a week after SB date??
Bought 2 gallons of fat free at Costco this past Thursday, the expiration date is 3/27/14. The 2+ week duration is standard at Costco.
I buy half gallons of whole milk for cooking and coffee and they EASILY last two weeks or more past the expiration date in the fridge.
Espeically during the cold months.
Often 3 weeks + and more.
Lower fat milks tend to spoil quite a bit quicker as I have found during my years of working in the dairy dept. of a large grocery store during high school and early college years ago.
Same reason why heavy cream will last in a cold fridge six months or more--way past it's expiration date.
It's not a milk thing, it's a milkfat thing. Or, in what you buy ebchower--lack of it.
BTDT for decades.