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How long can you eat food after it’s expired?

How long can you eat food after it’s expired?

By Geoff Robison | In News, Nutrition Tips | on April 25, 2017

Ever wonder how long can you eat food after it’s expired?


Here are a few tips to help you decide if it should stay or be thrown away!


Canned Goods – With billions of canned foods sold yearly it’s good to know how long you have to actually eat it. I’m sure you’ve seen cans that show the expiration years apart from your purchase date. Typically, canned foods last between one and four years. Also, if kept in a dark and cool place with the can unharmed, it can double the length of it’s shelf life.  


Frozen Foods – Typically frozen foods are the saviors when it comes to preserving food for a longer period of time. The only exception is meat which can expire in a freezer. However, be mindful that even though a product may not be expired, it can still get freezer burnt. To prevent premature expiration and freezer burn, place items in an air tight freezer bag and write the date of when it was placed in the freezer.


Pasta – Thank god for pasta! Pasta is a considered a dry good that has to get boiled or steamed to enjoy. Pasta takes a very long time to spoil specifically because it lacks any water. Any pasta with odor should not be consumed.


Bread – Keep it in fridge or freezer and it should be good. Of course you should dispose of it if you find mold.


Eggs – We have a cool little home experiment for you. Let me give you the visual. First you want to get a bowl and fill it with water. Next go to the fridge and get your egg, place it on the water and wait. If the egg begins to float then it has gone bad! A floating egg means that bacteria has produced a high amount of gas in the egg. Avoid eating it at all costs.


WebMD Offers A Chart Detailing the expiration life of foods we talked about and we missed.


Meats Storage Times After Purchase
Poultry 1 or 2 days
Beef, Veal, Pork, and Lamb 3 to 5 days
Ground Meat and Ground Poultry 1 or 2 days
Fresh Variety Meats (Liver, Tongue, Brain, Kidneys, Heart, Chitterlings) 1 or 2 days
Cured Ham, Cook-Before-Eating 5 to 7 days
Sausage from Pork, Beef or Turkey, Uncooked 1 or 2 days
Eggs 3 to 5 weeks

How long can you eat food after it’s expired?  Well, here are some food safety tips from WebMD:

  • Purchase the product before the date expires.
  • If perishable, take the food home immediately after purchase and refrigerate it promptly. Freeze it if you can’t use it within times recommended on the chart.
  • Once a perishable product is frozen, it doesn’t matter if the date expires because foods kept frozen continuously are safe indefinitely.
  • Follow handling recommendations on product.
  • Always make sure you completely check the expiration date on anything at the grocery store before purchase!


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