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Baby food, due to its sensitivity, carries a federally mandated use-by date. You may not feed it to babies after the expiration date, but you still can eat it yourself for some nutritional benefit, if needed.
The Lockdown has forced us to keep our Supermarket trips to a minimum, and finally check what’s been lying in our fridge/pantry for months, or even years.
Most of the stuff we have would expire soon, we would assume. But the truth is a bit more complicated. Expiration dates aren’t set in stone and are in fact the manufacturer’s calculated ‘guess’ as to when its product will not be of optimal quality. The good news is some of the expired stuff you may have with you is still edible.
Food packed in aluminum cans, if not punctured or spoiled externally, can be edible after their expiration dates in case of fruits, veggies, or meats, though you have to be cautious and check for moldiness, bad odors or cloudiness. Food packed in metal lasts longer than what is packed in a glass jar, while plastic-packed food spoils the fastest.
Soda cans stay fizzy for years, glass ones for a year, while plastic soda bottles lose their fizz in a few months.
Processed bread (with preservatives and oils) stays soft and fresh for a week, but real bread made in a real bakery will be stale in one or two days. It’s a good idea to keep your bread in the freezer.
“Pantry” is an antique word with an eternal logic: Cooking is simpler and faster when you already have the ingredients.
Our definition of pantry encompasses refrigerator, freezer and cupboard, so you can make entire meals with “pantry” items.
It is ok not to have everything- there are three levels of pantries- essential, expanded and expert. No two people will agree on a list of staples — but there are fundamentals ingredients to keep on hand that last.
Disasters often strike without warning or with little warning. Stocking up the right non-perishable food items can help you weather the storm.
Fuelling your body during an emergency is different from your everyday diet. Your body will use more energy, so you should eat high-energy, high protein foods. In addition, nutritious foods will help to maintain good health.
Should humanity face a nuclear apocalypse of worldwide war, we need to understand which foods might be safe for survivors to eat, and how long the foods will last.
To understand this, we need to ask what makes food spoil.
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