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SM says at Casa de Cuckoo, food never lasts that long here. But he does agree that that is the last date it can legally be sold by the supermarket. I agree as well. As to uteri, SM says that his limitations extend far beyond the refrigerator as to lack of sight. I agree with him. You know what they say about if it was a snake it would have bit you? Well, plain sight is always the best hiding place at our house. Oma Linda
By: Oma Linda on January 26, 2014
i often find myself using milk 1 week after its expiration date. just last week, two days in a row i thought my coffee tasted 'off'. yup, milk just souring...
By: TexWisGirl on January 26, 2014
I have a very sensitive nose and can smell the bouquet of milk that will soon go sour. Occasionally, milk sours before the expiration date. Most of the time, the milk is fine for a few days after the expiration date. Mrs. C. would find me disgusting because I always smell the milk. I smell other things, too. I'm not sure why Mrs. C. is disgusted by you sniffing the milk. You don't blow your nose in it, do you? If you would like to try out an Any Sniffing Allowed Zone, feel free to make a quick trip to Florida to find out what it's like to sniff all you want. I get the bed; you get the couch. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on January 26, 2014
This is such a common story, played out in so many marriages. I am of the believe that the dated stamp is more a 'suggestion'. I had heard that it was only there as a safegaurd for grocery stores, that it was marked 'best by' so they are protected from being sued by someone claiming to have gotten botulism from a package of food past its prime. I take it for what it says 'BEST BY' meaning, it is still okay (proceed with caution) after the date, but in its freshest state before. I am a bit more brave in my testing of the product however, I will pour a small amount in a glass, sniff and sip to see if it is still okay. The Hubs swears by the date and will not touch it after it has 'expired'.
By: Carrie on January 26, 2014
I agree with Carrie, the "date" is just a suggestion. Only the smell can tell for sure. If milk is left open it sours well before the suggestion date. Women know where everything is in the fridge because they put the stuff away... ask Mrs. C to go to your work bench (ok, just say you have one) and find the small phippips head screwdriver. Oh and when anyone asks me, "does this smell ok" I throw it away without even taking a whiff. If you need to ask, it is not ok.
By: Cranky on January 26, 2014
Milk disappears too fast in my house to have a smell test. My wife does throw things away after the date.
By: David Walston on January 26, 2014
I can't smell so I'm pretty much at the mercy of the date. But then I don't buy milk much.
By: PT Dilloway on January 26, 2014
Back in the day,, my dairy farmer grandfather and grandmother had a use for milk that went sour. If you google clabber, you can see what it is. I could never bring myself to try it.
By: Shelly on January 26, 2014
I understand sell by and use by are two different animals. Truthfully, when in doubt sniff. Cracked up at the idea of uteri tracking devices.
By: Akansas Patti on January 26, 2014
Expiration dates only mean something to me when I buy it- from then on after the milk has been opened and in the fridge for a bit over a week will I even think about sniffing it.....but I do sniff when it approaches THE DATE...but even after it has expired I will not toss it UNLESS it stinks! And yes- when Russell cannot find an item in the fridge I do ask him to "put on his woman eyes" hahah Have a great evening!
By: Kathe W. on January 26, 2014
There are Federal guidelines that regulate this. There are expiration/use by dates, after which things shouldn't be consumed, best by dates that mean it wouldn't kill you after that, but it may not be so fresh, and sell by dates, meaning the product has to stay fresh for 7 days after that date, so you can buy it on that day and still use it. Milk carton dates are sell by dates. The milk must still be fresh long enough for you to use it if you buy it on the sell by date.
By: mimi on January 26, 2014
Around here, only one of us reads the expiration dates. The other will feast on whatever strikes his fancy, whether it be chicken bread (the expired loaf that is put in a designated area of the kitchen counter to toss to the chickens), or bologna that was opened a month ago and left for dead. Oh, and if the date-ignorer discovers some bad foodstuffs--he leaves them right where he found them, and does not tell the refrigerator-cleaner-outer of his find.
By: Val on January 26, 2014
I draw the line at buying a best before that is passed. I will carefully use best before dates that are passed. No big arguments here.
By: red on January 26, 2014
Another sniffer here. I hate to waste coffee due to sour milk. I bought deodorant/antiperspirant once and noticed it had an expiration date on it. It said: "Exp. date: 04/21/2138." I didn't know what to think about that.
By: Pixel Peeper on January 26, 2014
I am with you on this one Stephen. If in doubt sniff first. Expiration dates are there to ensure good food or milk is wasted.
By: John on January 27, 2014
Your wife is going to love that new store that plans on buying expired products from all other stores and sell them to those people who have trouble making ends meet!! Milk CAN go sour before the expiration date if not handled properly.
By: Tabor on January 27, 2014
There are "sell by" dates that mean they will be at the height of their flavor and freshness, but not that they are necessarily bad. I say go with the smell test.
By: Scott Cody Park on January 27, 2014
CVS fired my friend who had worked for them for five years because they found a carton of milk in the fridge that had two days to go before its expiration date. He said, "they are savage about expiration dates and if you aren't on top of them, out you go."
By: Michael Offutt on January 27, 2014
I am firmly in the "it's more of a suggestion" camp when it comes to expiration dates. My husband on the other hand is sure a one-day expired yogurt means certain death. Milk doesn't last long enough here to sour.
By: Nancy Felt on January 27, 2014
Both Mrs Jones & I are with you on this one Stephen; we are both sniffers. Also, I can identify totally with your comment about requiring a uterus to be able to locate household objects.
By: Bryan Jones on January 28, 2014
Depending on the milk product, proper handling, storage and temps. The shelf life of milk can extend beyond the 'best before date... or expire before its time. So I say play safe and SNIFF away.
By: Daniel LaFrance on January 29, 2014
I worked in the grocery industry for over 20 years. The dates one the packages are sell by dates. Most of them actually say best by. In most cases, there is a period of time beyond the date when the product is satisfactory, just not "best." The grocery stores around here usually guarantee their milk for a few days past the sell by date by as much as 7 days
By: dickster1961 on January 29, 2014
Like a couple of others have said, it can go bad before the expiry date ... or last beyond it depending on how the product is handled. I see nothing wrong with sniffing it, if that's your habit. I suspect you've tasted sour milk once or twice in your time, and are reluctant to repeat that. Just consider Mrs. C's sensibilities and smell it when she's not looking. ;)
By: Hilary on January 31, 2014
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