Post # 16
I absolutely check the dates. But I also check them in the store and try to buy the items that have the furthest out dates for foods we don’t use as often – like milk. I also buy some products in pretty small quantities as I’d rather make an extra trip to the store rather than see it go bad.
I do the majority of the cooking in our home. I’m working on losing 70 lbs (only 28 more to go!) and it’s just so much easier if I do all the cooking. I also work significantly less hours than my husband so I have much more time for the shopping, meal planning, and cooking. He helps with the dishes and will cook fancier meals for special occasions (he’s actually a much better cook than me even though I do more of it!)
Post # 17
ashleyroo : I usually check expiration dates, yes. Do I always discard food that is supposedly “expired?” No way. We use very little packaged food, but of the items we keep on hand (salad dressing, almond milk, relish, mustard, etc) I will happily use those things until something such as mold or a bad smell specifically tells me it’s not safe to eat. Then you have foods that are beyond their desirability but aren’t spoiled, and I save/repurpose those as well. For example, I’ll use stale cornflakes to bread chicken, or grind old crackers and use them in any recipe that calls for breadcrumbs.
My husband does the vast majority of the cooking and he has a very different understanding of meat safety than I do. I was raised that it’s fine to use raw meat that has been refrigerated for up to a week. He was raised that the only safe place to store meat is in the freezer and that it must never be thawed with water (that last part I assume is because he’s from a place where the tap water isn’t potable). Having to thaw meat for every single meal is extremely time consuming and, I’d argue, pointless, but hey it’s himself he’s creating extra work for so I don’t say anything. Also, I was taught growing up that once you thaw meat you should never re-freeze it. He disagrees with that, but I must admit I haven’t noticed any adverse effects from doing it.
Post # 18
Yes. I got really bad food poisoning from yogurt because for some reason I just over looked it.
Post # 19
Only meat and fish, everything else I will eyeball and smell, if it looks okay, smells okay and tastes okay it’s probably okay. The only time I’ve ever had food poisoning was from boiled rice at a high end restaurant, so I think my tactics work well!
Post # 20
Won’t eat a single item past the expiration date. Don’t care if it’s still fine to eat. Don’t care if it’s wasteful. Will not risk the chance of getting ill.
My Darling Husband is like many of you, doing the smell test or eyeballing it if something is a few days past, he’s on his own in our house lol.
Post # 21
Check? Yes. Pay strict attention to? No.
We either eat mostly fresh cooked stuff (not a lot of condiments or packaged foods), or order in. We did a fridge clean out over the holidays and noticed we had some REALLY old stuff, like salad dressing from 2017 lol. Obviously that went in the trash. But things like milk, yogurt, I will smell them and taste test. Eggs I do the float test. I also put a paper towel in all of my bagged/box lettuce containers to prolong their life. If some of my veggies are looking a little sad I will throw together a soup or something. I hate throwing food away unless aboslutely necessary.