Food expiry dates

Sid Snot

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1. Do you dispose of after the expiry date?

2. If not, what's the oldest food item you've eaten (keep it as clean as possible please)

3. Did it taste good?

4. How long did you spend sitting on the porcelain?

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Preston1880

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Quite strict on expiry dates this lad, so don't have any gruesome stories about eating 3 week off ham or owt.

I wouldn't even touch 2 day out of date bread.

I did work with a guy once who left his butties (white bread) sweating in a hot van in a plastic tupperware box, which resulted in them being covered in loads of mould speckles by dinner. He didn't even bat an eyelid and started to tuck into them 🤮..... Never trusted the guy or looked at him the same ever again.
 
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Sid Snot

Sid Snot

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Mrs S and I were cleaning out some cupboards (a couple of years ago) and we came across a packet of 'Bisto' gravy that had got pushed right to the back.

1. We did not chuck it out

2. The use by/best before date was November 1996.

3. We then chucked it out 😂😂
 

LostinSpace

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Technically, they're both the same.

From personal experience, I've been used by the same day as best before 👍.

No VAR in 'Off topic' 😉
They're not exactly the same at all. Use by is an instruction not to use/eat after a certain date, this where food can become dangerous after that date, this includes possible salmonella poisoning etc. Best before means you can eat it anytime but it won't be as nice if you eat it after the use by date.
 

daddyman16

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Some things seem to be okay after their sell by date, while also having the ability to surprise you earlier. I've had bread a week passed its date, but then if the weather has been humid you end up having to chuck a whole loaf that's spoilt.
Same with salads, they can last days after the date.
I think I've had things a year old, but that's it.
I have only suffered food poisoning from takeaways, it's a blessing and a curse, but my brain just seems to be averse to vomiting.
 

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Some things seem to be okay after their sell by date, while also having the ability to surprise you earlier. I've had bread a week passed its date, but then if the weather has been humid you end up having to chuck a whole loaf that's spoilt.
Same with salads, they can last days after the date.
I think I've had things a year old, but that's it.
I have only suffered food poisoning from takeaways, it's a blessing and a curse, but my brain just seems to be averse to vomiting.
Mr anti gag… 😂
 

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Quite strict on expiry dates this lad, so don't have any gruesome stories about eating 3 week off ham or owt.

I wouldn't even touch 2 day out of date bread.

I did work with a guy once who left his butties (white bread) sweating in a hot van in a plastic tupperware box, which resulted in them being covered in loads of mould speckles by dinner. He didn't even bat an eyelid and started to tuck into them 🤮..... Never trusted the guy or looked at him the same ever again.

I'm the same as you.

Start doubting things within a couple days of their best before date. Won't touch a pack of crisps that are due in the same month.

The missus doesn't care for it. She'll get a piece of mouldy bread out the cupboard and say "it's fine if you scrape the mould off." Weirdo.

My, unfortunate, story is that I had some fried eggs on toast about 3 weeks back. Spent the night sat on the toilet sweating buckets. Following morning I was hugging the bowl. Felt like I lost half a stone inside 24 hours. Culprit was the eggs being out of date by about 10 days. Missus said she was keeping the eggs for the dog. Poor thing.
 

LostinSpace

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I'm the same as you.

Start doubting things within a couple days of their best before date. Won't touch a pack of crisps that are due in the same month.

The missus doesn't care for it. She'll get a piece of mouldy bread out the cupboard and say "it's fine if you scrape the mould off." Weirdo.

My, unfortunate, story is that I had some fried eggs on toast about 3 weeks back. Spent the night sat on the toilet sweating buckets. Following morning I was hugging the bowl. Felt like I lost half a stone inside 24 hours. Culprit was the eggs being out of date by about 10 days. Missus said she was keeping the eggs for the dog. Poor thing.
I got food poisoning in India once, I had my head in the sink and my arse on the bog at the same time, horrible.
I’ve been to India about a half dozen times but that was my only bad experience. The one other time I got food poisoning was from a kebab shop in Brighton! 😂
 

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I'm the same as you.

Start doubting things within a couple days of their best before date. Won't touch a pack of crisps that are due in the same month.

The missus doesn't care for it. She'll get a piece of mouldy bread out the cupboard and say "it's fine if you scrape the mould off." Weirdo.

My, unfortunate, story is that I had some fried eggs on toast about 3 weeks back. Spent the night sat on the toilet sweating buckets. Following morning I was hugging the bowl. Felt like I lost half a stone inside 24 hours. Culprit was the eggs being out of date by about 10 days. Missus said she was keeping the eggs for the dog. Poor thing.
I’m well paranoid about the dates on food.

I check everything before I eat it, fresh food, tins, eggs, cheese, ham, ready meals, bread, crisps, the lot.
 

daddyman16

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I got food poisoning in India once, I had my head in the sink and my arse on the bog at the same time, horrible.
I’ve been to India about a half dozen times but that was my only bad experience. The one other time I got food poisoning was from a kebab shop in Brighton! 😂
It's when your arse is in the sink and your head is in the bog that you know you made a fatal mistake. Indian street food looks amazing but yeah, probably just stick to Chaiiwala and RK in Preston!
 

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I'm the same as you.

Start doubting things within a couple days of their best before date. Won't touch a pack of crisps that are due in the same month.

The missus doesn't care for it. She'll get a piece of mouldy bread out the cupboard and say "it's fine if you scrape the mould off." Weirdo.

My, unfortunate, story is that I had some fried eggs on toast about 3 weeks back. Spent the night sat on the toilet sweating buckets. Following morning I was hugging the bowl. Felt like I lost half a stone inside 24 hours. Culprit was the eggs being out of date by about 10 days. Missus said she was keeping the eggs for the dog. Poor thing.
Honestly the crisps would be fine, if maybe a bit stale. I still eat them but that's not a criticism of you or anyone else.

I also just remove a bit of mould from bread (a bit that is).

As to eggs, you can smell a bad one. They should last well past any consume by dates, particularly if you keep them in the fridge. (I'm sure you know that anyway). Of course if you eat enough bad egg, it certainly would upset your guts.

I actually got really ill (temperature/gastro etc from eating a cooked potato, believe it or not. It must have been bad in the middle and big gob swallowed it before my eyes clocked it. Always careful now to examine potatoes which admittedly is a bit weird when you think about it.
 
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