Food Items You’re Throwing Away Too Soon

Food Items You’re Throwing Away Too Soon
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    When you're busy with work and classes, sometimes it's hard to keep track of the quality of the food in your fridge.

    Using your best guess to throw away any foods that might be expired or appear spoiled may seem like the best housekeeping method.

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However, you may be wasting perfectly healthy and edible food without even knowing. In this blog, we’ll share common food items you’re throwing away too soon to help you cut waste and save money.

Honey

This sweet and sugary condiment likely sits at the back of your pantry shelf. Whether you use honey to add to your morning or nightly tea or add it to some of your favorite foods, honey tends to be used less than other common foods. Over time, you may notice your honey hardening or developing a crust over its surface layer.

Many people assume when their honey crystallizes, the food has expired and is no longer edible. However, this assumption is false. There are plenty of reasons why crystallized honey is normal and healthy to continue eating.

When you throw out crystallized honey, you waste a ton of nutrients and minerals that could help boost your immune system throughout the semester. Instead of throwing honey out, hold onto crystallized honey and use it for recipes or DIY face scrubs.

Butter

Similar to honey, butter tends to sit unused for various periods depending on meals. However, butter’s salt and fat ingredients preserve its quality and safety for much longer than most people realize.

If you throw your foods away based on their sell-by date, you’ve most likely wasted unused butter. Butter is still safely edible for an entire month after its sell-by date. In fact, sell-by dates do not indicate when food is safe or unsafe for consumption.

Sell-by dates are used to mark products for stores to keep track of inventory. The next time you see your butter has expired past its sell-by date, check its quality before throwing it away.

Eggs

Another likely food item you’re throwing away too soon is eggs. Eggs are also commonly collected as unnecessary waste. Students often worry about the safety of eating questionable eggs because they prefer to avoid salmonella or E. Coli bacteria.

These concerns are valid reasons to be suspicious of eggs that are still sitting in your fridge past their sell-by date. However, eggs are still safely edible three to five weeks after their sell-by date, provided they are stored in a chilled environment and are not cracked open.

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Rather than throwing good eggs away out of fear, we recommend trying the soiled egg test instead. Simply fill a bowl with cold water, then drop an egg inside the water. If the egg sinks to the bottom, it is safe to eat. If the egg floats to the top, it is most likely spoiled and should not be consumed.

Throwing foods out while they are still safe for consumption causes unnecessary waste and spending. If you come across foods that seem unsafe for consumption, use your senses to check the quality of the product for more peace of mind.

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