Shelf Life Advice – Food Safety After the Expiration Date

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Do I really need to throw this food out? Get shelf life advice from this useful website that I heard about on The Clark Howard ShowShelf Life Advice  gives you practical advice beyond the expiration date and tells you when it is safe to still consume our perishable food.

There is a lot of confusion over food labels and “use by” dates, “sell by” dates, and food expiration dates.

According to a recent study from Harvard University, we are throwing out millions of perfectly good food,  up to $1,300 worth each year. Many foods are still good for a time after their labeled expiration dates. Shelf Life Advice breaks this down by specific food.

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You can also view Shelf Life Guides for:

  • Meat and Poultry
  • Fish and Shellfish
  • Dairy
  • Fruit and Fruit Products
  • Vegetables
  • Sauces, Dressings, and Dips
  • Condiments, Herbs, Spices, and Spreads
  • Ingredients for Cooking
  • Prepared Foods
  • Beverages
  • Bakery Goods and Sweets
  • Munchies
  • Grains, Pasta and Cereal

Shelf Life Advice covers what foods can safely be stored on the refrigerator door, has free cooking temperature charts, and a free food storage chart along with expiration dates. The site also explains food labels such as “fresh”, “natural”, and “processed.”

According to a recent segment on The Today Show, there are “Salvage Supermarkets” openly selling foods past their expiration date. You can find that information from The Today Show here.


There is also an new APP called FoodKeeper that will give consumers a better shelf life estimate for their every day groceries.

I have thrown away many items that I was not really certain about. Admittedly, I have had food poisoning and it makes me very cautious. However, I also don’t want to waste money by throwing away food if it still edible after the expiration date. Now we  have two resources to use.

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