Do you commonly ignore the expiration date on certain foods? If you find yourself relying solely on the sniff test to determine whether or not a food product is safe, consider this…

Looks and smells can be deceiving. Unless you want to risk a day of sickness, it’s best to follow the manufacturers instructions on when to toss something out. Foods that you should definitely not push paste the expiration date include:

  • Egg substitutes: Eggs in the carton have very little leeway when it comes time to get rid of them, especially compared to the ones in shells. After they’ve been open, you have up to 5 days to either eat them or toss them.
  • Soft cheese: Hard cheese can last up to six months once they are opened because its harder for bacteria to permeate. Softer cheeses like ricotta, cream and goat are easier to become molded.
  • Condiments in jars: Jarred condiments are more exposed to bacteria and can lead to food borne sicknesses. If you see water floating on top or weird colors or smells it’s time to let them go.
  • Cold-pressed juice: This would include juices that are raw or cold pressed. They should not stay in your refrigerator long. Don’t risk it past 48 – 72 hours.
  • Deli Meat: Deli meats will only last about three to five days before they are susceptible to a bacteria called listeria. This actually multiples in cold places such as refrigerators.

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