USE BY DATES

“I think I’ll just date myself.”

Good news from the Internet for those of you who are wondering and saying, “But it doesn’t smell spoiled”.  To explain –

Most of the food you buy comes with a “sell by” or “best by” date stamp.  However, these dates are, essentially, made up. Nobody regulates how long milk or cheese or bread stays good, so companies can basically print whatever date they want on their products.

As you can see, I am the proud owner of expired chia seeds.  Really.  Seeds can expire?  So what’s the rest of the story.

There’s speculation that manufacturers want you to use the dates because it means you wind up throwing out and buying more of their product.  However, it’s probably safe to say that you can ignore whatever date is printed on your food and go for a simple sniff test.

Key word is “probably”.  Make sure your nose is in working order.

You’re welcome.

Loveya – The Grandma

 

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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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