Whether the date on food packaging says “best if sold by” or “best by,” it doesn’t always mean what you might think. The suitability of any given item depends on a number of variables: including how it is packed, transported and stored. However, even if the date of a product has already passed, it may still be okay to consume. So, keep in mind the following tips before throwing good food in the trash.
1. Milk and butter
In the U.S., the date on a carton of milk can vary depending on which state you’re in. And how it has been kept since you got it home from the store will be a big factor in its longevity, too. For instance, keeping the product in a fridge running at a lower temperature than the typical 40 degrees Fahrenheit will extend its life. But if the milk is near or past its expiry, give it a sniff and decide yourself.