Monday, September 16, 2013

A Simple Way to Remember Expiry Dates

I hate wasting food.  I especially hate wasting food when I'm not sure if I should be throwing it away or not.  That is why I love this simple way I came up with to keep track of expiry dates.

A Simple Way to Remember Expiry Dates  - Write with a Sharpie


I find that I use these cartons of broth a lot in my cooking but I don't always use the whole thing.  They obviously have a printed expiry date right on them but that is only good as long as the carton hasn't been opened.  Once it is open, you are required to use it within 2 weeks.  Great - I can throw it in the fridge and pull it out another night.  Of course remembering when you opened it when you're in the midst of another dinner whirlwind is a challenge in itself.

So now I simply write the date that it is good until using a black Sharpie right on the package.  I do this for other items that must be used within a certain number of days from opening.  No more guessing, the number is right there in front of me.

A Simple Way to Remember Expiry Dates  - Write with a Sharpie


I find that writing the date it is good until works better for me than writing the date that I opened it.  This means only doing the math one time instead of every time I might want to use a bit.

I have a lot less waste this way and will even find myself coming up with meal ideas that incorporate the ingredient if I see it in the fridge with a short expiry date on it.    Give it a try in your home.  Let me know how it worked!

1 comment :

  1. This brings us to terminology. The actual term "Expiration Date" refers to the last date a food should be eaten or used. Last means last -- proceed at your own risk.

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