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Don't Throw It Away Just Yet!

By Emma Haak

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. 

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Eggs

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.

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Cereal

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.

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Apples

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.

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Deli Meat

You can keep unopened packages of sandwich meat in your fridge for two weeks—even if the “Sell By” date has come and gone.

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Bread

Ignore the “Best By” or “Sell By” date. Placing your loaf in the fridge can extend freshness by two weeks.


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