Some helpful reminders about food dating

BEST BEFORE VS USE BY

We’re often asked on the facebook group, whether or not something ‘past its date’ will be fine to eat. According to the NHS website, you shouldn’t, use any food or drink after the end of the “use by” date on the label, even if it looks and smells fine. This is because using it after this date could put your health at risk. But “Best before” dates are about quality, not safety. When the date is passed, it doesn’t mean that the food will be harmful, but it might begin to lose its flavour and texture.

EGGS

Again, according to the NHS website Eggs can be eaten after their “best before” date as long as they are cooked thoroughly until both yolk and white are solid, or if they are used in dishes where they will be fully cooked such as a cake.

Cooking eggs until both the white and yolk are solid will kill any bacteria, such as salmonella.

Which brings me neatly onto:

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