Foods You Can Eat Past the Date

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If refrigerated below 40° F / 5° C, yoghurt can be used 1 to 2 weeks past the "sell by" date. Sour or altered yoghurt should be thrown.


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

Fresh pasta

Raw eggs will keep for about 3 weeks after their "sell by," "use by," "best by," or "expiration" date if refrigerated and not cracked or broken.


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

It's better for the environment and lasts 6 months unopened at room temperature. Milk can be refrigerated for 1-2 weeks once opened.

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

Generally, whole spices stay fresh for about 4 years, ground spices for 3-4 years, and dried and leafy herbs for about 1 year.


In 2015, a team of arctic explorers discovered and ate canned food left behind more than 60 years earlier, all of which was in perfectly safe. 

Canned foods

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