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    What does sell by or use by vs. Expired mean when it comes to food.

    https://www.stretcher.com/stories/16...f.cfm?DS1001-2 Sorry it's a link but I didn't want to copy and paste the whole article.
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    I have to say I've been following this since I read it and have saved a bunch of money, I've also stopped buying as much and spent more time stopping by the store to check the meat case for meat about to expire and I have gotten some really great deals.
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    Bumping this to the top, just because the can says expired doesn't mean it's not safe to eat. Years ago there weren't any dates, mom would open something and smell it, then taste it, although we hardly ever have food that sat on the shelf very long, this would be canned goods gifted to us during rough times mostly.
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    I thought I had my pantry in pretty good shape as far as organization goes but recently went to rearrange it and found several cans of veggies past or near the expiration date in the back along with a few snacks, I promptly pulled those out and put them in the front and had them used in under a week. With the price of food and still being in a stay at home order I took the time to look through what I already have, I mentioned to my husband putting peanut butter on graham crackers instead of bread for his lunch, he loves both, he found it an interesting change and we are going through less bread. I know these changes will last a while and with 6 jars of PB bought onsale at Sams at the end of the year and the several boxes of graham crackers I bought for smores in the fall that we didn't get around to using this will hopefully save money and cut the number of store runs, it's 17 miles one way. I also noticed a large stock of canned fruit that I had been getting a great deal on at Menards, almost a $1 cheaper for name brand then the same sold at the grocery store. I've started making a calander and adding items we have plenty of on it, example every Tuesday for lunch I have a reminder to open a can of fruit for our lunch instead of potato chips. Having a can of soup for lunch once a week, if we just don't want it we move it to another day. Kind of a loose menu so to speak. This stops us for looking in the fridge or pantry to see "what looks good" and gives us a set schedule, no thought required, like taco Tuesday and pizza Friday.
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    I went into my pantry last wee to go through my canned and shelf-stable goods to set up a grocery drop for a friend and his small family (girlfriend and her daughter, plus him). She was in the hospital with COVID-19, and recovered and was sent home. When she went back to work, he got sick. She had to stop work and quarantine with him for another two weeks at least, so it cut into their income. I was surprised to see that I had so much stuff that I bought and forgot about. It was all still good, but it made me realize that I have to stop buying stuff just because it's on sale, if I don't work it into rotation in our meals. The chest freezer in the basement is the same. Some of the freezer stuff I can blame on Bill, but I'm going to start working on eating smart with the stuff I have for now.
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    You are very kind to do that.
    Keep your hands to yourself, leave other people's things alone, and be kind to one another.

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