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Old 03-26-2005, 06:26 PM   #1
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"Use-By dates"

Here's a useful site I found as I was reading another thread that was talking about buttermilk and expiration dates - good info!

http://homecooking.about.com/library.../aa102102b.htm

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Old 03-26-2005, 06:46 PM   #2
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thanks marmalady, very useful as there are so many terms. I look at them as being disclaimers, and find that most products can be used well past the date using your nose and vision as a good judge. Especially with buttermilk, I have used it a week after the date on the carton. And with blue cheese, the date would seem meaningless.
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Old 03-27-2005, 07:33 AM   #3
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YW, Nors! Yeah, re the buttermilk thing, I've used it up to 3 weeks after the date, and it's been fine.


Re blue cheese, and other 'molded' cheeses, it can get overripe, and I've seen it where one mold outgrew the original mold and it was totally yucky! This unfortunately was in a restaurant kitchen, where a wheel of blue had gotten shoved accidentally in the back of the cooler, and no one found it for a month!
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Old 03-27-2005, 10:08 AM   #4
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Oh totally gross! I am grateful for this link too marmalady. I like to use things up and often the date comes before I do. I can now breathe easy. (Think I'll show the kids too so they don't freak out)
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Old 03-27-2005, 01:14 PM   #5
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LOL, what was even grosser was watching the head chef tryng to scrape off the 'bad' mold so he could use what was left!
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Old 03-27-2005, 04:14 PM   #6
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What restaurant was that again? Just want to put it on my "Don't Visit" list!
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Old 03-27-2005, 04:16 PM   #7
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Not to worry - has been 'under new management' for some years now!
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Old 03-28-2005, 10:04 AM   #8
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Around here many food products have a "sell by" rather than a "use by" date. For example the "sell by" date on milk is 9 days after pasteurization. Sometimes it keeps for a week or 2 after that date, sometimes not. I suspect there are lots of variables at work such as how many times the carton was removed from the fridge to how long is was out of the fridge each time it was used. I think most people could detect milk that has soured but I don't think it would hurt you (just taste nasty). How many recipes call for sour milk and tell you how to make sour milk if you don't have any?
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Old 03-28-2005, 04:42 PM   #9
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YW, Nors! Yeah, re the buttermilk thing, I've used it up to 3 weeks after the date, and it's been fine.

Re blue cheese, and other 'molded' cheeses, it can get overripe, and I've seen it where one mold outgrew the original mold and it was totally yucky! This unfortunately was in a restaurant kitchen, where a wheel of blue had gotten shoved accidentally in the back of the cooler, and no one found it for a month!
marmalady, that must have been a smelly mess. Yeah, I have noticed blue cheese gets slimy when old, however, it is never around my house long enough to have a problem, and I always have my food saver so things rarely go bad.
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Old 03-28-2005, 09:18 PM   #10
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Great info, Marm! That article justifies all the previously questionable decisions I've made regarding dairy products!
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