While perusing the net I came across an article that talked about those infamous sell-by dates that are stamped on the majority of the products we buy at the grocery store. I dunno about you but I’m one of those people who reaches ALL the way to the back of the shelf for the freshest bag of greens coz the older stuff is always right out front. I do the same thing with milk and other products.
I have it in my head that the sell-by date assures me the product will be fresh and will last longer and according to this article that may not be the case.
Then again, just because I buy something with a sell-by date way out in the future doesn’t mean I will use it by then, unfortunately. The other day while cleaning out my pantry I found a foil-packed item with a single serving of salmon in it. Yummy – what a good thing for my lunch. I took it out and got all excited and then I happened to spy the sell-by date – Feb 2009. ACK – I threw it out. Now it probably was still edible – it hadn’t been opened and was sealed – but I wasn’t going to take the chance that when I opened up this package the smell would knock me off my feet. EmmaLou, Golden Destroyer spent a considerable amount of time that day sniffing the kitchen garbage can. Hmmm. Clue.
The thing with sell-by dates is they give you an unrealistic idea of how fresh the product is. That milk the grocery dude just placed on the shelf might have been produced at the dairy up to 14 days prior to arriving at that shelf. So you can’t place too much emphasis on these dates. Then again, stay away from year old salmon. Note to self: Clean out pantry more frequently.
I actually think we should put this idea of sell-by dates to use in more areas — how about politicians? Many of them have certainly outlived their sell-by dates. Celebrities? Oh yeah – Barbara Streisand’s expiration date was up a long time ago.
Fortunately for all of you…I’m still fresh — I just located my sell-by date (I was looking on wrong arm) and we have at least two weeks before I go stale. sigh… I’ll be danged, though, if I’m gonna tell you when I was produced…