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Old 02-21-2008, 04:57 PM   #1
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Cottage Cheese?

I am really almost afraid to start this thread and the debate to follow.... but I have to.
I have an unopened carton of cottage cheese, dated Feb 17th. 4 days ago. This is a SELL BY date. Usually I throw stuff away opened or not if it is past the date stamped.... sell by OR use by. It's supposed to be ok a week past the sell by date. I need it for what I'm making right now and I don't want to go get more. Am I being paranoid?
In my head, they don't put dates on stuff for no reason, bad is bad.
What do you do?
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Old 02-21-2008, 05:01 PM   #2
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It's pretty easy to tell when cottage cheese goes bad. It will smell and be separated and taste funky. So smell/look/taste it and see.

Obviously don't use it if you have any question at all.
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Old 02-21-2008, 05:01 PM   #3
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I had a friend who worked in the Lucerne dairy plant. He told me that they stamp stuff a week before they think it will actually spoil. If your container is unopened I'd venture a guess its safe. Just use it all up ASAP when you open it.
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It's pretty easy to tell when cottage cheese goes bad. It will smell and be separated and taste funky. So smell/look/taste it and see.

Obviously don't use it if you have any question at all.
Gotcha, this is where paranoid comes in....
I do smell, taste it , etc. but then I think maybe its ABOUT to go bad and I just cant taste or smell that yet!
Yes, I understand I am not quite right in the head. I'm ok with it now though.
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Old 02-21-2008, 05:09 PM   #5
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I know that I'm the "wild card rogue" of food safety around here - lol!! - but your unopened container of cottage cheese (which I assume has been refrigerated) is absolutely positively fine 4 days past it's expiry date. In fact, while I hesitate to mention it, it would still be perfectly fine - if still sealed/unopened - several weeks past the expiry date. Sealed/unopened dairy products have surprisingly good holding powers - including maintaining their freshness & quality.
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If it doesn't look, smell or taste bad it'll be fine.

But if it's a bit off it might ruin whatever you are making, even if it doesn't make you sick.

Lasagna?
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No I found a recipe for Mashed potatoes that used ricotta but I don't have any... I figured I use cottage cheese in lasagna so I'd try it here.
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I know that I'm the "wild card rogue" of food safety around here - lol!! - but your unopened container of cottage cheese (which I assume has been refrigerated) is absolutely positively fine 4 days past it's expiry date. In fact, while I hesitate to mention it, it would still be perfectly fine - if still sealed/unopened - several weeks past the expiry date. Sealed/unopened dairy products have surprisingly good holding powers - including maintaining their freshness & quality.
I agree with Breezy, it's good and will be for a few more days at minimum, a couple weeks even.
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your nose will know, as soon as you open it.

As said, chances are , it is fine.
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Thanks everyone. That was so much more pleasant of a discussion than I expected!!! :)
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