Keeping It Past Its Expirations Date? Maybe You Shouldn’t

The foods you can and can’t keep past their expiration date (msn.com)

Slide 1 of 23: You’re making a coffee and get a full carton of milk out of the fridge only to realize it’s past its expiration date. Do you risk it? It is a whole carton. What should you do? Here we explain what food and drink you should always throw out after its expiration and those it's perfectly fine to still eat.
Slide 4 of 23: Homemade whipped cream should be eaten quickly, not because it could make you sick but because it will lose its texture and no longer be fresh. After being kept in the fridge for a day it will lose its form and become a runny liquid with little flavor. Unwhipped, heavy cream should last around 10 days in the fridge according to the USDA's FoodKeeper App.
Slide 8 of 23: Ground beef is much more likely to cause food poisoning than a lump of steak, as bacteria like E. coli, salmonella or staphylococcus aureus on the outside can get mixed all the way through when the beef is ground. Good refrigeration and consuming within one to two days will mean bacterial numbers don't get out of hand so do take note of the use by date. But most critical is cooking until no pink bits remain (as pictured).
Slide 11 of 23: Soft cheese is a prime breeding ground for listeria, so soft cheeses shouldn't be consumed beyond their use by date. Consume undated soft cheeses from the deli section within one to two weeks. Throw away any soft cheese that grows mold at any stage. This also applies to blue cheese and cheeses like brie with a white mold on the outside. The USDA says any mold that is not part of the manufacturing process can be dangerous.
Slide 13 of 23: You can keep bread until you see any mold growing on the surface, but then it's time to throw it out. You may just be tempted to cut out the mold, but as bread is a porous food it may be contaminated below the surface with bacteria you can't see. Take a look at these hacks to make food and drink last longer
Slide 17 of 23: In one famous study, scientists opened a 40-year-old can of corn and found that the vegetable looked and smelled perfectly fresh, with nutrition values little changed. While really old cans are probably fine, a rule of thumb is not to stretch beyond 18 months for high-acid canned goods, like tomatoes and grapefruit, or five years for low-acid canned goods (pretty much everything else). Never eat from a can that’s bulging, badly dented or leaky. Take a look at these brilliant recipes made with canned foods

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