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More food expiration date hype, this time on Dr. Oz

greygarious | Mar 24, 201003:21 PM     48

The program may have been a repeat. There was a quiz game wherein audience members had to guess how long certain foods can be kept before they "expire". The "correct" answers were 8 months for mustard, 2 months for mayo, 4 months for ketchup, 12 months for frozen meat, 24 months for canned vegetables, and 1 month for eggs. The source of the info was not given.

I loathe wasting food, so I keep things longer than some folks would. I certainly keep condiments in the fridge way longer than Oz advises, and only in the last year did I notice that ketchup bottles say refrigerate after opening. I never have, because they are out all day, if not 24/7, in restaurants. I am just finishing a huge jug from Costco, bought at least a year ago and kept in the cupboard. I've refilled a regular bottle with it as needed, also kept in the cupboard at room temp. Vinegar is a pretty good preservative.

Canned goods may have use-by dates farther out than 2 yrs, and can last a lot longer. On the other hand, if the can is bulging it's not safe regardless of date. I have been guilty of keeping raw meat in the freezer for many months, but even with careful wrapping it can get freezer burn. Vacuum-sealing minimizes that but fat caps can begin to smell old and off even then. I think the flavor deteriorates after 2-3 months tops, a month for ground meat, even if it hasn't officially "expired".

I hate to see features like this because they spur needless waste, and also because this particular show seems to have some sound medical advice - this type of thing makes me skeptical of his other assertions.

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