Foods You Can Safely Eat Past The Expiration Date

If you store yoghurt below 40° F / 5° C, it's okay to consume for 1 to 2 weeks beyond the "sell by" date. 


Unopened, refrigerated uncooked pasta can be consumed 7-10 days beyond the use by date.

Fresh pasta

The American Egg Board says they are either a 'Julian' date, showing when the eggs were packaged, or a guidance for merchants to determine how long they may sell them.


Hot dogs can be stored 10 days over their expiration date if unopened. Check for strong or odd odours before eating. If so, to be safe, trash them.

Hot dogs

Non-refrigerated milk is safe. It's better for the environment (it's packaged in cardboard or metal boxes) and lasts a month after its expiration date.

Shelf-stable pasteurized milk

Unopened cartons and cans of soup will keep at top quality for 3-5 years beyond their use by date if stored in a dry, cool place out of direct sunlight.

Boxed soups & purees

If properly maintained at a consistent freezing point, frozen veggies will be OK 10 to 12 months after the bag's date.

Frozen vegetables

Spices never "go bad," but they lose effectiveness and flavour with time, so old spice isn't worth using (leave that to the old men). 


In 2015, arctic explorers found and ate safe canned food left there 60 years earlier. Unopened cans stay good indefinitely, regardless of the "use by" date, if they aren't damaged.

Canned foods

Flour isn't equal. Whole wheat flour will last 1 - 3 months at room temperature, 6-8 months in the fridge, and 1 year in the freezer.


Keep instant coffee at room temperature for 18 months after opening. Whole coffee beans maintain "highest quality" for 2-4 weeks at room temperature.


Cookies can also be safely consumed after their expiration date, as long as they are kept in their hermetically sealed container or package.


If you just buy a bar occasionally, it will last 2 years. You may use the less-intense chocolate in pastries and other sweet delicacies.


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