Many expiration dates go unnoticed, and the food could easily get away with extending the life but that’s not always the case. Whether you sniff out the beginning stages of turned meats or reopen a can that contains mold, there are many meals that you would not think about that little-printed date hidden away on the container. Ever wonder which foods should never be touched after their prime? Here is a list of 10 foods you should never ignore the expiration date.
Eggs or Egg Substitutes
Eggs typical last longer than their substitute counterparts but what most don’t realize is the longer the eggs sit in the fridge, the more bacteria collects on the shells. A typical lifespan for a carton of eggs is five weeks. If you’re ever second guessing yourself, try putting an egg in a bowl of cold water. If it’s gone rotten it will float and fresh eggs will sink to the bottom. Somewhere in the middle? Try making hard boiled eggs, which will kill the bacteria the shell has collected. As for egg substitutes, these boxes only last up to five days after it’s opened. Especially with the boxed eggs, don’t hesitate to toss them!
Deli meats can make a great sandwich but be careful not to over buy this product. Whether you buy it freshly sliced at the deli counter or in a package sealed container, once opened these thin slices of heaven only last three to five days. Deli meats quickly assemble a variety of bacteria including Listeria, a cold growing bacteria which can cause a variety of foodborne illnesses. In order to avoid a case of food poisoning, throw these suckers out without pause.
Raw Ground Meats
E-Coli is a leading cause of human food poisoning and happens to be a big fan of this uncooked product. Huge red flags set off when talking about how long your raw ground meats will last in the fridge. According to USDA, ground beef should be consumed within two days of purchase unless immediately put in the freezer. In addition, if you are a savvy shopper buying meat on sale, it’s best to cook that meat ASAP. Make sure to cook the meats thoroughly to avoid any chance of unwanted ailments.
Just like in deli meats, Listeria is drawn to soft cheeses of all kinds. The shelf life of cheese depends on a number of factors including hardness, production quality and process to make it great, but cheeses like Brie, Feta, and even cream cheese should not be eaten once it’s past due. Hard cheeses can last up to six weeks in the fridge once opened but the softer stuff will only last about a week. If there is any sign of mold or growth on your creamy Brie, it’s time to say, Au Revoir.