Foods You Can Safely Eat Past the Expiration Date


If you keep your yogurt in the fridge, and below 40° F / 5° C the whole time, then it will still be safe to eat for 1 to 2 weeks after the "sell by" date on the package.

Fresh pasta

Fresh uncooked pasta that has been kept refrigerated and in an unopened package will still be good to consume a full 7 - 10 days after the use by date on the packet. 


Raw eggs will keep at optimum quality for about 3 weeks after their "sell by", "use by", "best by", or "expiration" date printed on the carton, as long as you have kept them refrigerated

Hot dogs

Hot dogs, as long as they remain unopened, can be kept for up to 10 days beyond their expiration date. When ready to consume, verify that they don't have any strong or unusual odor.

Shelf-stable pasteurized milk

Don't be afraid of this non-refrigerated milk! Not only is it better for the environment, but it also lasts for up to a month after its expiration date

Boxed soups & purees

Unopened cartons and cans of soup - no matter what the kind- will stay at peak quality for 3-5 years after their use by date, but only as  long as they have been stored in a dry

Frozen vegetables

Frozen vegetables will still be in tip top condition 10 - 12 months after the date on the bag, as long as they have been properly stored at a stable freezing temperature.


Generally, whole spices stay fresh for about 4 years, ground spices for 3-4 years, and dried and leafy herbs for about 1 year. The easy way to check? Sniff your stock.

Canned foods

It's not surprising to learn that unopened canned foods will stay good forever, regardless of the "use by" date, assuming they are not damaged. If you happen to come across an ancient


All flour is not created equal. Whole wheat flour will stay good (if properly stored) at room temperature for 1 -3 months, in the fridge for 6-8 months and in the freezer for 1 year. 

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