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5 Foods That Stay Good Past Their Expiration Dates

Mar 21, 2014 | Updated Mar 12, 2015

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A 2013 report from Harvard Law School and the Natural Resources Defense Council states confusion over food dating has led 91 percent of Americans to throw away food prematurely.

  • 1 Eggs
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    Pay no attention to the "Sell By" date on your carton -- it's meant to help retailers manage turnover and isn't a measure of freshness. Eggs should keep for three to five weeks in the refrigerator.
  • 2 Cereal
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    Boxes typically come printed with a "Best Before" date, but it's a conservative estimate set by manufacturers for peak quality. Those Cheerios can stay fresh for up to three months if you refold the inner bag tightly.
  • 3 Apples
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    Store your favorite reds in the fridge (place them in a plastic bag; poke a few holes to allow air to circulate), and they'll still be good to eat three weeks later.
  • 4 Deli Meat
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    You can keep unopened packages of sandwich meat in your fridge for two weeks -- even if the "Sell By" date has come and gone.
  • 5 Bread
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    Ignore the "Best By" or "Sell By" date. Placing your loaf in the fridge can extend freshness by two weeks.

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