• Mom of JandC

    Two days before the expiration date in my bible….I don’t care. I am not taking any chances.

  • dianemaggipintovoiceover

    if it’s winder, which is fresh local milk, it’s not much good after the date stamped. same for the cream (dh likes that. blech.)

    but … when it comes to sniffing milk, i think that’s a bad way to test. leftover milk sticks to the sides of the container, and gets smelly. that’s my take on it, so i only sniff after pouring into a cup.

  • Daddy Scratches

    If I was to encounter a container of milk with an expiration date that is five days in the past, I would be calling the CDC to send out a hazmat team for disposal.

  • Mindy Lee

    If it passes the sniff test – I’m drinking it.

    What I want to know is why when the date on my 1/2 and 1/2 hasn’t passed, therefore I don’t sniff it, yet I poured it into my coffee and it coddled? Damn it all to hell.

  • allisonc-t

    This is me and my husband (except I’m the smell test person, he’s the “dump it out if it’s 1 hour past the sell by date” guy. He mocks me endlessly for sniffing the milk, but now I suddenly feel so normal!

  • thegreyattic

    I live in the UK and heard about the expiration date ban on the radio. I’m on the fence about the Jon/Heather/milk scenario, probably because milk doesn’t last that long in our house, I have to buy more every other day. But I have become more lax about leaving food out, expiry dates etc. My husband is Filipino, dude leaves food out overnight and eats it for breakfast. Bottom line- we’re both alive to tell the story.

  • nonsequitur

    my rule of thumb:

    ‘organic’ milk: 5 days past, if not longer.

    ‘gas station’ milk: 5 days prior

  • tidw0516

    I read somewhere once that you shouldn’t judge the freshness of milk by sniffing the top of the carton or jug. Traces of poured milk dry around the opening, and those can start to smell even though the milk is far from expiration. Always pour a little bit into a glass pre-sniff.

    Also… We have a store here that sells the boxed milk that is stored on a shelf (not the refrigerator) for $1 a quart. You don’t refrigerate til you open and it’s good for like six months once you refrigerate it. That should ensure you never have milk in the fridge past the sell-by date. :)

  • apricoco

    Team Heather here. Y’all can bellow ’til the cows come home that sell by is not use by. My brain says: Date past = OMG DO YOU WANT TO DIE???? I won’t eat things one min past expiration or sell by or the date they chose to print on the pretty container for whatever reason. If there is a date, It is THE DATE ON WHICH THINGS SPONTANEOUSLY SPOIL!

  • kam0520

    This is exactly right! I will NOT drink it if it’s with in 1 day, and if it’s been open for more than 5 days. I don’t know what it is, but it freaks me out. My husband says I have him paranoid about it being open for so long now!

  • jearbear

    I definitely have to agree with you Heather!! A milk’s sell-by date is obviously the expiration date. I love milk, but it’s kind of an iffy liquid. I don’t like it warm, I can’t get a refill in my milk glass without rinsing it out first, and I DON’T DRINK IT WHEN IT’S PAST THE DATE. I usually don’t even drink it if it’s the day BEFORE the date. If I’m really desperate, I will drink it on the actual date, but only after a sniff test.

    You are not the weird one here!!

    And I do not eat leftovers past 2 days, whereas my husband will eat stuff 5 days later…gag.

  • OddDad

    I’m the icebox referee at our house. If something is passed the expiration date in the fridge, it gets thrown out. I don’t even bother smelling it. Lately I’ve been lacking in my duties though. I just recently found a jar of peach preserves in the back of the pantry labeled in sharpy: 2009. I don’t care how much pectin is in that jar, it’s too old. OUT! I didn’t even bother to empty the contents into the garbage disposal. I threw the whole jar in the trash. See, I try to avoid smelling old food. I don’t want to inhale any food-born diseases. Keep the expired food away from me and my family!

  • ERStolpe

    What’s a ‘frother?’

  • Whitney Soup

    lol i love the way you portrayed your husband in this post

  • table4five

    I am so ridiculously paranoid about milk being spoiled that when I open a brand new gallon, I still sniff it first before pouring. I can’t remember if I had some traumatic chunky-milk-drinking incident as a child or what, but I’m with Heather – I would have freaked out if my husband did what Jon did. Sorry, Jon.

  • Sarah

    I know this was from over a year ago, but I wanted to have it known that I love this exchange between you and Jon. Plus this is the only post I have seen with the option to comment.