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Using a big,black Magic Marker, I try hard to remember to write the expiration date of every food item that comes into this house.  I write the date on the top of the can or side of th
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Re: Expiration Dates

posted at 12/11/2010 11:42 PM EST
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Gale, thanks for the link to that site.

I keep a couple of lined notebook papers on the freezer w/items on it listed w/the date they went in. I have a small ink pen w/a magnet on it that stays on the freezer and can mark off stuff I use or add things I stick in there. And, I date my packages too. I even shrink wrap/vacumn wrap things that are already in a package. I simply punch a hole in the original package and put it into the vacumn envelope and seal it up tight. I also split stuff up for feeding 2 people and some for 4 people since the grandkids are here a lot. And the packages are marked as such.

I have a dedicated shelf in my big freezer for "quick fix" items. These are left overs or things that can be microwaved or fixed really fast. I also divided the other shelves up using thick, cardboard. There are cubby holes for poultry, pork & beef. Fish goes in the door or in w/poultry.  The 2nd shelf has stuff from last year, the 3rd is this year, the 4th odds and ends such as cakes, bread, ice cream, etc. The baskets are vegetables. Makes it so much easier. I have two refrigerators w/filled freezers too. I garden and can or freeze a lot of items.

Re: Expiration Dates

posted at 12/12/2010 1:23 AM EST
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First: 5/3/2009
Last: 10/4/2012
I got in the habit of checking the exp. dates years ago. Last night I was buying yogurt & found 3 with a Nov. date, the boy was right there stocking & I gave them to him. He said he was new & did not see a date, I showed him that it was on the foil lid (hard to see) & he thanked me. Last week (I kid you not) I found a sour cream with an Aug. 2010 date & took it to the service desk & the lady paged someone immediately to check the rest. I carry a small magnifying glass in my purse to check the hard to read dates.

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I do that, too, Renee, when I put anything into our freezer. I use Ziploc bags and always write what's in it and the date I put it into the freezer. Do it with meat, veggies, fruit, whatever..... I also try to do what Ann does and rotate my cupboard stock. Each time I stock the cupboards after shopping, I pull the older stuff to the front and put the newest behind. Most items these days do have expiration dates on them, but I have found a few that do not. I always check the dates in the store before purchasing. I only did it occasionally before until one time I got home from shopping and saw a Swanson tv dinner I'd bought had expired long before the day I bought it! Now I check the dates while in the store!
Posted by CAROL B

Re: Expiration Dates

posted at 12/12/2010 1:30 AM EST
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I printed your post out to show hubby that I am not strange Smile. I have several boxes from the store(soup was in them, they are about 1 in deep) if I want to put something in the back, I just pull out a little & then push back. It also makes it easier if I want to defrost.I just pull the boxes out, put in the ice chest & when done, just slide the boxes back in. The freezer bags stand up in the boxes neatly.


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Gale, thanks for the link to that site. I keep a couple of lined notebook papers on the freezer w/items on it listed w/the date they went in. I have a small ink pen w/a magnet on it that stays on the freezer and can mark off stuff I use or add things I stick in there. And, I date my packages too. I even shrink wrap/vacumn wrap things that are already in a package. I simply punch a hole in the original package and put it into the vacumn envelope and seal it up tight. I also split stuff up for feeding 2 people and some for 4 people since the grandkids are here a lot. And the packages are marked as such. I have a dedicated shelf in my big freezer for "quick fix" items. These are left overs or things that can be microwaved or fixed really fast. I also divided the other shelves up using thick, cardboard. There are cubby holes for poultry, pork & beef. Fish goes in the door or in w/poultry.  The 2nd shelf has stuff from last year, the 3rd is this year, the 4th odds and ends such as cakes, bread, ice cream, etc. The baskets are vegetables. Makes it so much easier. I have two refrigerators w/filled freezers too. I garden and can or freeze a lot of items.
Posted by Wa-Ha K

Re: Expiration Dates

posted at 1/20/2011 7:12 AM EST
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First: 1/16/2009
Last: 4/24/2014
This is a very good idea, no one likes to waste food by throwing it away because it has expired.

Re: Expiration Dates

posted at 1/26/2011 11:59 PM EST
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First: 8/9/2008
Last: 6/2/2013
Whatever goes into my freezer gets marked by what it is and the date it went in.  Any canned food is rotated.  Old in front and new in back.

Re: Expiration Dates

posted at 1/27/2011 5:17 AM EST
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First: 10/2/2008
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That is a great idea, Nancy.  I will give it a try.

Re: Expiration Dates

posted at 1/27/2011 6:30 AM EST
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There was a time when I did remember everthing in my pantry and exactly where it was located. My children always asked me before looking for something, but now in my 'golden years' the memory bank has so much information that I sometimes( LOL) forget where things are since the info has a hard time getting to the top of the pile. Its a good thing that I don't have to take care of anyone else, but my husband and me.

Re: Expiration Dates

posted at 1/27/2011 8:18 AM EST
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I forget to check or I am in a hurry and want to get out of the store hate to spend so much time in the store and I need my reading glasses to see the dates what a painit is but I am trying to do better.

Re: Expiration Dates

posted at 1/27/2011 2:00 PM EST
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First: 12/31/2009
Last: 3/21/2014
I try to use the "oldest" things first, but it doesn't always work out that way. 

Re: Expiration Dates

posted at 1/29/2011 8:18 AM EST
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Rotating foods withe latest expiaration dates is good to do.  Also look for the latest expiration dates when you purchase items from the store.  Some times they are at the back and sometimes right up front because the person that stocked the item didn't do any rotation.

Re: Expiration Dates

posted at 1/29/2011 10:21 AM EST
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Last night I was heading to bed whtn the news came on my bedroom TV.  I dumped an underwear drawer onto my bed and sorted .... many items went into the trash. What a nice, straight drawer. Isn't it amazing that a kitchen chat works in the bedroom too?
Posted by Nancy G


This is going to sound strange but......When I pack to go on a vacation I go through the underwear and sock drawers and pick out the oldest rattiest underwear and socks and pack that.  Then as we stop for the night when I collect the dirty clothes from the day I toss out the ratty underwear and socks.  I have less stuff to wash when I get back and I can replenish with new stuff.

Re: Expiration Dates

posted at 1/29/2011 12:41 PM EST
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First: 12/18/2010
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Hope my "expiration date" story doesn't make anyone ill...My father was an avid hunter so we grew up on deer, elk, pheasant, etc. We were a family of 6 and one of the first major appliances my parents bought was a huge chest freezer.  In the summer of '86 my mom called and told me that their freezer died and she was throwing out some stuff that was no longer any good.  She said in the bottom was some packages of elk meat that was dated Nov 1970.  She said that she was surprised to find very little freezer burn on the packages that she opened.  I was thinking "she's lost it if she thinks I'm going to eat 16 yr old elk meat".  She asked me if I wanted it for my cats.  She had called the vet and he told her that it wouldn't hurt her dog or my cats if the meat was cooked.  So she brought some over, I boiled it, put it in the food processor with some cooked rice, eggs, cooked carrots and they loved it.  Since I was going out of town for the weekend so I put the leftovers in a butter tub and stuck it in the freezer.  That summer I was trying to break away from an abusive relationship and while I was away for the weekend he broke into the house.  And he was hungry.  When a neighbor called me to let me know that his car was at my house I called and he answered. He told me that he was there because he was hungry and knew that there would be food in the house.  As soon as he was done eating he and his friend would leave.  Then he proceeded to complain about the lunch meat spread that he found in the freezer.  I said huh?  He said that he thawed out the stuff that he found in the butter tub and added mayo, mustard, onion, pickle, and nothing he could do to it made it taste anything but nasty.  I told him to toast the burger buns that were in the freezer and suggested that he add some garlic powder & tabasco sauce to the "spread". 

I never did tell him what he & his friend had helped themselves to.  And my girlfriends and I always got a little giggle from it until he was finally completely out of my life.

Mom and I both learned a lesson from her old deep freeze.  Just because ya have one that big, that doesn't mean you shouldn't dig down to the bottom periodically to move the old stuff to the top or to the trash.

Re: Expiration Dates

posted at 1/29/2011 2:05 PM EST
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((( Mary K ))) here's a hug for ending that relationship and having a good story to tell.

Re: Expiration Dates

posted at 1/29/2011 10:23 PM EST
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First: 8/8/2008
Last: 6/5/2012
I seen a revised expiration list the other day on the internet that stated that things like honey never go bad.....If I find it I will post it so everyone can have a laugh...

Re: Expiration Dates

posted at 1/30/2011 10:53 PM EST
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((( Mary K ))) here's a hug for ending that relationship and having a good story to tell.
Posted by Nancy G

 
Thanks Nancy...The only good thing that came out of that relationship was my son.  And even though we had a child together we haven't seen him for over 22 yrs. 

Re: Expiration Dates

posted at 1/31/2011 9:57 PM EST
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First: 10/8/2010
Last: 2/12/2014
When I buy canned stuff I write the date I bought it on the top of the can.  the new stuff goes in the back and the older stuff comes to the front.  A lot of stuff is good way past the date the mfg puts on the package.  I had bought some whipping cream when it was on sale at Christmas.  I only used one and the other one got pushed to the back of the fridge.  i totally forgot about until about Easter time.  I thought I'd open it to see what it was like, and surprise, it was just fine.  that stuff is pasturized and sealed air tight and I guess as long as the seal is good, the product is.  I try not to make a habit of it though.
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