“I have never written anything in one draft, not even a grocery list, although I have heard from friends that this is actually possible.” ~ Connie Willis
Word-prompt Expiration Dates – Last week the Midweek Word-prompt over on our other site https://weeklyprompts.com was Expiration Dates and was chosen by GC. He asked if we adhere to the sell by/use by dates on the products we purchase.
At the time I was ill and unable to join in. Today, full of penicillin, steroids and chicken soup my health has improved and I am attempting a catch-up day. Two posts in one day, wow! Apologies for helping to overfill your inbox!
This is my personal response to his word-prompt.
I grew up in an age where the food was weighed, bagged and purchased from small privately owned businesses on the high street, the butcher, the baker, the greengrocer. There were no sell by/use by dates. Supermarkets were far away in America, not here in England, so we used our common sense, a sense that prevails today.
My father-in-law owned a butchery business, and he taught me never to cook very fresh red meat, “There is no flavour or tenderness, it needs to mature first.”
He also taught me to look at the colour and use my sense of smell, which when you think about it, is exactly what we would do before pouring milk. Who amongst us uses milk before first taking a sniff to make sure it hasn’t turned?
My pharmacist taught me that as far as dried tablets are concerned, they are unlikely to ‘go off’ until a very very long time after the use by date.
I don’t shop daily, instead I plan and use a list. I favour a routine of one weekly main shop with an occasional midweek small top up if required. When purchasing fresh food from the supermarket, I search for the date that is the farthest ahead because I know it will last longer. From then on, meal planning is based around which foods are likely to go off first. Most times I cook extra and freeze a couple of portions.
Looking at the mixed vegetable tray my son purchased, I can see the label reads Display until 10th Oct. Apart from the babycorn, this veg is in better condition than the photo shows, even the beans. The label on the grapes reads Best before 15/10/18, they too, look and taste quite fresh.
It’s now 7:15 PM here in England and as the next picture shows I was able to salvage the greens for the evening meal – waste not, want not!
Do I adhere to sell by/use by dates? As a guide, yes, but mostly I use basic common sense.
© SueW-nansfarm.net 2018. In response to the word-prompt from Weekly Prompts http://weeklyprompts.com/2018/10/10/word-prompt-expiration-dates