WHAT DOES “SELL BY” REALLY MEAN?
Living in a one-person (and a dog and a fish) household means that I eat much smaller quantities of food than the average four-person-family.
But to get the best deals on many food products means buying the product in a far larger quantity thatn a one-person meal.
So, what is with l this gobblety-goop with the sell-by dates?
I asked WEB-MD….
Milk is twice as expensive in smaller cartons than in the quart. The sell-by date on milk means that the milk is good for one week after that date.
Eggs are good for at least three weeks after the selling date!
Chicken should be cooked or frozen within a day of sell-by.
Hamburger and pork… within three days.
Canned goods are good for more than a year after the sell-by.
All baked goods are freshest if eaten by the sell-by date.
The things I have to watch most closely are the gallon of milk, fresh baked goods, and the large family-packs of meats.