When to toss canned food out?
April 10, 2005 3:50 AM Subscribe
I've got some food that's past it's "Best Before" dates. Can I safely eat it?
posted by Mutant to food & drink (22 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm a pretty frugal person (except for holidays and such), and purchase most of my "eat in" food in bulk and almost always when it's on sale.
I keep maybe three months worth of dry goods on hand, typically because I've taken advantage of a sale. I rotate stuff pretty well but somehow messed up and now I've got some pasta, canned tomato sauce and fish, all with "Best Before" dates in the May to November 2004 range.
Can I safely eat this stuff? I think the pasta is a no brainer, I'm a little shakey on the tomato sauce, and downright fearful of the fish. It's no big deal if I have to discard, but I'm curious as a couple of times GalPal and I went into a feeding frenzy as the expiration dates approached. We're talking about fourty cans of tomato sauce and the same number of fish.
FWIW, the tomato sauce has those little safety buttons and they are flat (for now).