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Is It Safe to Eat Expired Food?

How Long Can You Keep Eating Expired Food?

Do you know when it's OK to eat eggs, dried goods, milk, and meat past their expiration dates? All You shares a few tips on how to properly store your food staples and how long they really last.

If you trash your grub as soon as the expiration date hits, you're not alone. A recent survey found that 90 percent of Americans do the same — even though that date might only indicate the food's peak quality. Slash your grocery bills (without risking your health) by finding out how long past the date these staples are edible.


  • How long they really last: Three weeks past the sell-by date in the fridge; one year in the freezer (out of shell).
  • Safety tip: Store in their original carton in the fridge instead of in egg cradles in the door, where they'd be more vulnerable to temperature changes as it opens and closes.

Related: 16 Ways to Cook Eggs

Dried goods (including pasta, flour and rice)

  • How long they really last: Pasta and white rice last 8 to 10 years; white flour lasts 1 year from purchase date. Whole grains (brown rice and whole-wheat pasta and flour) keep in the pantry one to two months after the best-by date or a year in the freezer.
  • Safety tip: Fresh, refrigerated pasta lasts a mere two to three days past the sell-by date. Whole grains contain fats that can go bad, so keep them cool and dry.

To find out how long meat and milk really last, head over to All You: Is Eating Expired Food Safe?

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