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Drink it or Ditch it?

If you have milk in the fridge, and the sell-by date is today, do you drink it or ditch it?

Here's the deal. The date on your milk, meat, or other perishables was put on there to remind the retailer how long a product should remain on the shelf. It indicates the food's quality, not safety.

Many foods can be eaten at least 2 days, if not more, beyond the date stamped on the package. As long as you've stored it properly, you're good to go.

Of course, use your best judgment. If it looks, smells or tastes funky - throw it out. It's really not worth getting sick over.

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luv_my_junk luv_my_junk 10 years
Wow! a gallon of milk doesn't last any longer than 3 days at our house! I am a cereal fanatic! I swear my husband has a race with my son to see who can drink the most milk! We have yet to see the milk make it to the 'sell by' date! :) Yeah, too bad about the stinky California milk, Toxxic! Sorry Scratch5 about you accidentally putting soured milk in your coffee!
medicgirl medicgirl 10 years
I find milk in the plastic containers spoil faster and often before the date...I try and buy the cartons instead. If it is even one day over I toss it, too many bad 'sour milk' gulping straight out of the carton experiences...ICK
rubialala rubialala 10 years
Haha, this is funny, we just pulled milk out of the fridge today and looked at the was the 10th!!! I'm so glad we didn't drink it. The next gallon says today's date; the 18th, so we had better gulp it down.
Beaner Beaner 10 years
It's not worth it to get sick so I live by this rule alone.... have a doubt - throw it out.
scratch5 scratch5 10 years
I hate when I put spoiled milk in my cofee. It jsut about ruins my day.
bluejeanie bluejeanie 10 years
i drink the milk until it smells or tastes bad. that's too bad about california milk, tox, i wonder why that is? :( milk is so tasty, i'd be sad if i had stinky milk.
Moni-B Moni-B 10 years
prurplesugar, Thats not the cat spitting, thats the farmer aiming milk from the cow's udder into the cat's mouth. :-) ~M~
t0xxic t0xxic 10 years
We drink it as long as there is not a small ring starting to form around the carton. I cant go by smell any more as it seems all california milk stinks.
Sweet-Adeline Sweet-Adeline 10 years
I go for the smell--if it is off, there goes the carton!
purplesugar purplesugar 10 years
thanks for clearing this up Fit, I know so many people who are scared by the "sell by" date... its says right there "sell by," not "eat by"...I always use the sniff test for milk, it has a definite odor when its bad... on another note, that picture makes me even more afraid of cats...they spit like that?
DStirk DStirk 10 years
i get so freaked out by the date... its like if the milk is one day past the day its like poison to me and suddenly i detect an odor. it sucks but keeps me sane (for the most part) to just live by the date.
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