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 Post subject: Expiration date quandry
PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:28 pm 
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So I went to put my carob Rice Dream in the fridge, and checked the expiration date since it had been in my pantry for awhile. It has a best by date of FEB 4 of this year. It's unopened, in a sealed Tetrapak, do you think it's ok?

I want it really bad. Help!

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I'd eat it.

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 Post subject: Re: Expiration date quandry
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If I get one more "I'd eat it" (or drink it, or however you choose to tell me to NOM it) I'm sticking it in the fridge and doing a happy dance.

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 Post subject: Re: Expiration date quandry
PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:32 pm 
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I'd totally drink it! If you start to drink it and it's gone bad, you'll know. But I highly doubt that it has.

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 Post subject: Re: Expiration date quandry
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Hooray! Putting it in the fridge!

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 Post subject: Re: Expiration date quandry
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does it say sell by, best by or expires on?

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 Post subject: Re: Expiration date quandry
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We drank a vitasoy peppermint choc soymilk that was 2 years old this week. Ain't no thang.

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 Post subject: Re: Expiration date quandry
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Best by.

Also, I was super mad when they stopped making the Vitasoy peppermint chocolate soymilk. That stuff is amazing, of course, I can't have soy or chocolate anymore, so it's a moot point, but my heart breaks for others who are being deprived. That was my favorite thing about the holidays!

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 Post subject: Re: Expiration date quandry
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Expiration dates on most packaged, non-perishable food don't mean much. It's perfectly safe.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 10:29 am 
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I'd drink it, too.

For things that are truly perishable, like those bags or boxes of mixed greens, the best before date is usually when they will turn to mush. For other things, like tetra packs, that are sterile-sealed, there is a much longer window. N.B. This is not necessarily scientific fact, just what I have decided over the years, and I go on a case by case basis.


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 Post subject: Re: Expiration date quandry
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Drink it. There is a discount store that I've been to that sells all kinds of "expired" things like this. I would just make sure to drink it within the 7-10 days of opening.

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 Post subject: Re: Expiration date quandry
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After have some foods turn weird, I pay more attention to the best by dates these days. It probably won't kill you, but be aware that it might not be as good as when it was fresh. If there's anything that seems off about it, just toss it.


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 Post subject: Re: Expiration date quandry
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pandacookie wrote:
We drank a vitasoy peppermint choc soymilk that was 2 years old this week. Ain't no thang.


It was closer to 3 years old. And it was delicious.

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jessilikewhoa wrote:
Best by.

Also, I was super mad when they stopped making the Vitasoy peppermint chocolate soymilk. That stuff is amazing, of course, I can't have soy or chocolate anymore, so it's a moot point, but my heart breaks for others who are being deprived. That was my favorite thing about the holidays!


They stopped making it?? I ordered five of them online in January. I only have one left. This makes me sad!

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 Post subject: Re: Expiration date quandry
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Whaaaaaaaat? It wasn't in my store last Christmas, and I emailed them and they said they stopped making all soy milk. Maybe they started again? I need to get to the bottom of this, as I would make a one time exception to my Dr's no soy or chocolate rule for one more time with the Vitasoy peppermint chocolate.

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 Post subject: Re: Expiration date quandry
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I found this blog post, so it looks like discontinued in the US, but not Canada?
http://getsconedpdx.com/2009/11/30/choc ... ntvitasoy/

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 Post subject: Re: Expiration date quandry
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yeah i stock up hard on the nog and peppermint in winter. fork the expiration date, youll know if its not tasty!


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 Post subject: Re: Expiration date quandry
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I found this blog post, so it looks like discontinued in the US, but not Canada?
http://getsconedpdx.com/2009/11/30/choc ... ntvitasoy/



Aw, man. That stinks. I wonder if we can order it online from a Canadian based store when the holidays roll around? I'm going to make sure to super enjoy the one remaining carton I have.

I ordered mine from Pangea and they had plenty (at the time anyway). I discovered it this fall when I found some in my local grocery store. Weird. I wonder if these were just the last ones showing up? After I saw it at my grocery store once I never saw it there again.

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jessilikewhoa wrote:
Best by.

Also, I was super mad when they stopped making the Vitasoy peppermint chocolate soymilk. That stuff is amazing, of course, I can't have soy or chocolate anymore, so it's a moot point, but my heart breaks for others who are being deprived. That was my favorite thing about the holidays!


everyone else has already said it's fine, but best by just means that it will taste freshest by that date, so something might go off like the color or something, but it's perfectly safe.

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 Post subject: Re: Expiration date quandry
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Jill wrote:
Expiration dates on most packaged, non-perishable food don't mean much. It's perfectly safe.


It's true. I actually think it was a discussion on the PPK that lead me to do some research on the whole dates-on-things. I read a bunch of articles that said it's not even the law (except for some stuff like milk and eggs in certain states)
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Most Dates Are Voluntary
With exception of certain poultry, baby food products and formulas most all other food product expiration dates are not required by federal law but are voluntarily provided by food manufacturers. This does vary from state to state and many states legislate sell-by dates for perishable foods. According to several sources including the USDA there are 20 states that require some mandatory labeling for dairy products. So far we know that Arizona, California, Ohio, and New York have some labeling laws. (Read about California's milk labeling law)

Dates Are Guidelines
On the most part dates are provided as guidelines for both product sellers and the buying public. Most dates are NOT expiration dates; you are not going to get sick because you eat something past its "best by" date. Some dates have become marketing devices for product manufactures. A good example of this are dates that are appearing on soft drinks. There really is not much to expire with a beverage made of water, sugar, and artificial coloring. This is one of those cases where the manufacturer appears to just be encouraging you to throw it out and buy more.


http://www.gourmetsleuth.com/Articles/N ... dates.aspx

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pandacookie wrote:
We drank a vitasoy peppermint choc soymilk that was 2 years old this week. Ain't no thang.


*dies of envy*

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I have tempeh that says "sell by May 7". I think it might be okay.What say the PPK?

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I'd totally eat that tempeh.

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yeah, tempeh is fermented, it just gets better with age. (right? someone else on here told me that once.)

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