Friday, January 14, 2011

Real Simple: 77 Surprising Expiration Dates

Be honest with me.  You have a jar of SOMETHING in the fridge that you bought a few years back, only used one teaspoon of, then set on the shelf waiting for it to magically use itself up.  (In my case, it's a jar of habanero honey mustard.  TASTES FANTASTIC...)

Real Simple recognized that most people are like this and put together a handy list of expiration dates for their readers. 

A handy keep-or-toss guide to 77 foods, beauty products, and household goods.

by Maya Kukes and Lisa Smith
Certain items in your house practically scream “toss me” when their prime has passed. That mysterious extra white layer on the Cheddar? A sure sign it needs to be put out of its misery. Chunky milk? Down the drain it goes.

But what about that jar of olives or Maraschino cherries that has resided in your refrigerator since before the birth of your kindergartner? Or the innumerable nonedibles lurking deep within your cabinets and closets: stockpiled shampoo and toothpaste, seldom-used silver polish? How do you know when their primes have passed?

With help from experts and product manufacturers, Real Simple has compiled a guide to expiration dates. These dates are offered as a rough guideline. The shelf lives of most products depend upon how you treat them.

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