Originally Posted by GrillingFool
I use them as a guide too. For food, the only thing I really pay attention
to the expiration date for is MILK. It gets one day... maybe...
past the date. Spoiled milk is just too traumatic!
Everything else is negotiable.
As for meds, I generally give them 6 months at the most.
I also am a big Exp Date checker in stores. I like to pull from the back, and
don't hesitate to "complain" to store employees about expired dates.
Conversely... much of the packaged vegetables, meat and fish I buy is
"close dated" and price reduced. I find the vegetables to usually have at least
5 days left in them, and proteins get frozen.
I was in the supermarket going to buy Campbells Tomato soup until I noticed it had MSG in it. I called them to ask them to pick up the stuff from that market only to find out that while on hold, I saw the MSG and switched my complaint about date to MSG.
All else I agree with most of you in here. My nose works pretty well. If the milk smells, it goes quickly into the sink, the container rinsed and in the trash. Yogurt or cheese or whatever like that, sandwich meat that is slimy etc, gets tossed. I mean these kids...when they come to the house and want to eat something, they check the date and say "Mom, this Campbells cream of shroom soup expired 11 months ago. You need to toss it." Well, in their house they can toss, in mine I find down right annoying. It's almost like "lets pick on mom day".
As for the meds, they do lose their potency, but who cares? If I have a sinus infection and I have 3 or 4 amoxacils left, you bet I'm thrilled they're there so I can get a jump start on getting better. Etc. Just don't know what's gotten into these kids these days. Gad, I'm readying for spanking all of them.
Originally Posted by Robo410
What with the economy these days I'm not casually tossing anything I might be able to use!
This is where I'd give a resounding B I N G O