Foods You’re Throwing Away Too Soon

A recent study found the average family of four throws away the equivalent of 11 meals a month.  But those “sell-by” dates we all worry about are really just a guideline, and you can still use most foods after they expire.  Here are eight foods that all last at least a week longer than their sell-by dates.  So…do you feel lucky?

1.  Milk.  It’s usually good for another week.

2.  Yogurt.  Also about a week.

3.  Hot dogs.  At LEAST another week after they expire.

4.  Bacon.  It lasts about a week longer than the use-by date as long as it’s unopened.

5.  Eggs.  They’re good for about a month after the sell-by date.

6.  Butter.  Also about a month.

7.  Cream cheese.  Again, it’s still good about a month after the sell-by date.

8.  Other types of cheese.  A block of cheese can last up to a month-and-a-half after you open it, unless there’s mold.  And even then, you can just cut it off and eat the rest.  But if there’s mold in pre-shredded cheese or soft cheeses like ricotta, throw it away. (Huffington Post / Mayo Clinic)