Just remember that 'best by' and the 'use by' dates are the work of lawyers, not food producers, scientists or retailers. After a couple of big law suits involving stupid but greedy people the makers had to teach us how to tell if something was likely to upset our tummies. Then it would be OUR fault if we got sick and can't sue. As long as the food hasn't decomposed and is cooked right through and you don't gorge yourself you should be OK.
Travel! Set out and head for pastures new[br] Life tastes the richer when you’ve road worn feet.[br]Ibn Battuta[br]
Anything that you put on your eyes (collyre in French) usually has to be used within 2 weeks! Not kept for years.
I needed to buy some eye drops when I was in the Netherlands, and wanted the kind that can be used when one is using contacts. Not being able to read Dutch, I got a lady working in the pharmacy to help me. She was most helpful, reading me the boxes of each one I could use and telling me about the use-by date & how long it could be kept after opening the bottle. She recommended one and I thanked her and held out my hand for the box. She kept it tightly in her fist and made me repeat all the cautionary information until she was satisfied I understood. Then I had to meekly follow her to counter where she finally rang it up.
I remember in the movie Little Fauss and Big Halsy (Michael J. Pollard and Robert Redford), there is a fake television commercial with a middle aged country couple arguing. "It's a floor wax!" "No, It's a dessert topping!" And then the announcer reconciles them and says "It's both!" showing the product being poured on the floor and also onto ice cream.
I think that's what is happening here, casimira.
Anyway, I was just going to say that I have some old American cake and brownie mixes which are certainly long expired, but I plan to test one or more in the near future. I know that if the contents are still loose and not lumpy, they will be just fine.
I wanted to put cottage cheese on my grocery order, but I know from past experience that I never eat all that much from the container before it goes bad. I saw that it's available in 110g containers & thought it would be nice to get two or three of those so I could enjoy them at leisure over the period of @ a month. Googling whether or not that would be prudent turned up this site: www.doesitgobad.com/
I'm not crazy about the format, but it's full of useful information. Either scroll down the page until you see the category you want or (better) use Ctrl + F & type it in. I went to the dairy category and then used Ctrl + F to find "cottage" so I could read about whether or not curds & whey would kill me.