As parents, one of our main concerns is to ensure that our children eat well. We want to provide them with quality, nutritious and… fresh food!
In terms of freshness, the expiry date often determines our perception of a food that is expired or still good to eat. But, is the expiry date really the limit at which a food can be consumed? Here's how to interpret this statement to consume in an informed way and even avoid food waste.
What is the expiry date?
Foods labeled "Best Before" are those that have a shelf life of 90 days or less and have been packaged somewhere other than where they will be sold. The packaging of these foods also contains their storage instructions.
However, the expiry date only applies to foods whose packaging has never been opened. For example, deli packets, once opened, should be consumed within four days. The same goes for fresh meat and fish. Pasteurized juices must be consumed within 10days after opening.
So what about products that have never been opened? Well, several are still quite safe to eat!
Good food, even if expired
For many foods, the "Best Before" designation simply indicates that after that date, the product, if it has never been opened, may have a different texture and color or be slightly less nutritious. However, they are still good to eat!
Here is a list of foods you don't have to worry about, even weeks after their expiry date:
- Cereals (quinoa, wheat semolina, etc.)
- Dried legumes
- Canned goods
- Oils and vinegar
- And more!
Even dairy products can be consumed up to a few weeks after the expiry date, provided that the cold chain has been respected.
To tell if a food is expired, trust your senses rather than the date. If a food has a strange color, you don't like its taste or it has a foul smell, don't take the chance and put it in the trash.
Reduce food waste
If you want to make sure you don't waste anything and get the most out of your food, there are a number of options available to you. First, think about freezing! Mostfood reacts very well to this method of preservation and it will allow you to avoid wasting. Are you inspired and love to cook? Go around your fridge and pantry and cook your food less fresh!
Soups and compotes are so easy to make, not to mention that many foods can substitute others in recipes. Leftover legumes or avocado can really add texture to a dessert, and yogurt can replace sour cream or mayonnaise in many dishes!