I've used those dates to my advantage. If I'm buying, I do like jennyema - I'm always looking for the one with the farthest-out date. If I'm pulling from my stock at home I use my judgement. Food Network did a show
with Master Chefs competing with making a safe and tasty meal from foods destined for the dumpster. Amazing what you can do with "garbage".
Originally Posted by Aunt Bea
...One item I seem to have problems with on a regular basis is the bagged salad in the produce section. The dates are almost meaningless. I look for the longest date and then still try to look at the salad itself to see if it is brown or starting to get slimy.
I don't even like the taste of the bagged ones anymore. They say the lettuce isn't treated, but even when fresh I taste something "off". Instead, I'll buy a head of iceberg, a head of romaine and, when on sale, tubs of spring mix or arugula or baby spinach. When the weather is warm I swear I have enough greens to open a salad bar.
I have an old Tupperware container for the iceberg, but if I need to move the new one into the tub before the last bit of the old one is gone I find the older one stays fresh for another day or so I I put the piece into a produce bag with a paper towel under the core end.