HOW TO FIGURE OUT EXPIRATION DATES

Use the stamp on the package as your guide for expiration dates. If there's no date in sight, here are signs that your food has worn out its welcome.
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Dairy

Toss milk when it starts smelling sour, usually a week or so after opening. Cut away mold from hard cheeses like parmesan, but it permeates soft cheeses like ricotta and goat, so chuck 'em.

 

Meat and poultry

Discolored? Slimy? Smelly? Get rid of it.

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Produce

Dried-out is fine, but don't put anything with mold or a slimy residue in your mouth.

 

Canned goods

Most have a shelf life of two years, but if it smells sour or funky once opened, toss it.

 

Dry goods

Most last up to six months unopened. If you find weevils, it's time to restock.

 
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