Admit it - we all know people that recoil at the sight of a food item that's even remotely near the expiration date.  But do we really need to not eat something and throw it away just because of a date that's printed on the package?  In other words, what do these expiration dates really mean?

91% of Americans throw away food prematurely, according to a report from the Harvard Law School and the Natural Resources Defense Council.  91%!  That's a lot of wasted food and money.

So what do you need to know?

Here are brief details about common foods in your kitchen - with complete details available via the link below.

  • Eggs:  Most eggs will last up to 5 weeks beyond the date that's printed on the carton.  Let your nose decide.  The best practice is to always crack your eggs into a different bowl than the one you're mixing in;  A rotten or spoiled egg will usually look and smell bad.
  • Cereal:  It's a dry product.  Moisture will cause it to go stale fast.  Close the package tightly.  Usually, it will be good for three months past the expiration date.
  • Apples:  Proper storage helps.  Keep them in the refrigerator.  Again, let your senses guide you;  A bad apple will look bad.
  • Deli Meat:  Not to repeat the same refrain, but look and smell any deli meat you think might be bad.  Usually you can get a few weeks beyond the manufacturers expiration date.
  • Bread:  Bread goes bad when it gets moldy.  Consider freezing your bread to make it last longer.

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