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Expiration dates on foods per The NY Times
Posted by: Randalls
Date: April 13, 2020 08:06PM
Lots of debates on this forum. Here is another log on the fire

[www.nytimes.com]
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Re: Expiration dates on foods per The NY Times
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: April 13, 2020 08:16PM
Good info, but I'm confused why they didn't use visuals. All the info is in paragraphs and, at the very least, should be in a table.




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Re: Expiration dates on foods per The NY Times
Posted by: PeterB
Date: April 13, 2020 08:59PM
Ehhh, I still prefer StillTasty ... they give exact time ranges for virtually anything and everything under the sun.




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Re: Expiration dates on foods per The NY Times
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: April 13, 2020 09:09PM
I won’t say how old the oldest eggs I’ve ever cooked with were... but it’s a fair bet that its twin, laid at the same time and gone on to hatch, had probably grown into an adult chicken by then.

It tasted fine.



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Re: Expiration dates on foods per The NY Times
Posted by: tuqqer
Date: April 14, 2020 09:05AM
From 2005 to 2015, I was the founder and owner of a food manufacturing company—canned beverages—and got up close, firsthand experience in the canning industry. The two things that surprised me the most were expiration dates and what kosher certification really meant.

I never paid much attention to expiration date, but now I really don't pay attention to them smiling smiley



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Re: Expiration dates on foods per The NY Times
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: April 14, 2020 12:14PM
Not everyone has access to Better Call Paul.



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Re: Expiration dates on foods per The NY Times
Posted by: deckeda
Date: April 14, 2020 12:19PM
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pRICE cUBE
Not everyone has access to Better Call Paul.

And unless he weighs in here, it's all Fake News to me.
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Re: Expiration dates on foods per The NY Times
Posted by: Markintosh
Date: April 14, 2020 12:20PM
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PeterB
Ehhh, I still prefer StillTasty ... they give exact time ranges for virtually anything and everything under the sun.

They say only 4-6 months for commercial snack cakes. I've seen Twinkies and Sno-Balls go for a couple of years with no issues.



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Re: Expiration dates on foods per The NY Times
Posted by: PeterB
Date: April 14, 2020 12:57PM
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Markintosh
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PeterB
Ehhh, I still prefer StillTasty ... they give exact time ranges for virtually anything and everything under the sun.

They say only 4-6 months for commercial snack cakes. I've seen Twinkies and Sno-Balls go for a couple of years with no issues.

It probably depends somewhat on the particular snack cake. If something like a crumb coffee cake, it might not last as long as, say, a Twinkie, a yodel, or a cupcake ... the official statement for a Twinkie is 25 days, but as StillTasty says, all the times they're giving are for "still edible", not necessarily "still as good as when you first bought it". Their exact statement is: "Storage time shown is for best quality only - after that, the product's texture, color or flavor may change, but in most cases, the unopened snack cakes will still be safe to consume if they have been stored properly and each package is still sealed."

Can you eat the 1-2 year old Twinkie? Sure, but... would you really want to? grinning smiley




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Re: Expiration dates on foods per The NY Times
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: April 14, 2020 01:24PM
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deckeda
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pRICE cUBE
Not everyone has access to Better Call Paul.

And unless he weighs in here, it's all Fake News to me.
.this

btw, refrigerating unopened items like tuna, canned meats, etc. extends the
'use by date' too. Dry goods like rice, benefit if they're vac sealed in plastic as do
refrigerated/frozen fresh meats & seafood.



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Re: Expiration dates on foods per The NY Times
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: April 14, 2020 03:01PM
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MrNoBody
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deckeda
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pRICE cUBE
Not everyone has access to Better Call Paul.

And unless he weighs in here, it's all Fake News to me.
.this

btw, refrigerating unopened items like tuna, canned meats, etc. extends the
'use by date' too. Dry goods like rice, benefit if they're vac sealed in plastic as do
refrigerated/frozen fresh meats & seafood.

Canned goods WITHOUT refrigeration will be safe to eat for longer than you, and your children, will live.
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Re: Expiration dates on foods per The NY Times
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: April 15, 2020 07:58AM
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Can you eat the 1-2 year old Twinkie? Sure, but... would you really want to? grinning smiley

Urban legend when I was a kid was that Twinkies were so loaded with preservatives, that rather than drying out like a real baked good - like a real cake - they would instead rot like a banana.
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Re: Expiration dates on foods per The NY Times
Posted by: PeterB
Date: April 15, 2020 10:19AM
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DeusxMac
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Can you eat the 1-2 year old Twinkie? Sure, but... would you really want to? grinning smiley

Urban legend when I was a kid was that Twinkies were so loaded with preservatives, that rather than drying out like a real baked good - like a real cake - they would instead rot like a banana.

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Re: Expiration dates on foods per The NY Times
Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: April 15, 2020 03:59PM
Close relative owned a part of a commercial bakery when I was a kid.

I can testify snack cakes, etc. do indeed go stale not long after the "best by" data printed on their wrapper.
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