*Throwback Thursday* What Do Food Expiration Dates Mean?

Thursday, July 11, 2013



They are found on thousands of products at your local grocery store. I’m talking about all those ”Sell By” or “Use By” dates.

But what do they really mean? It’s probably not what you think, so here’s a breakdown:

“Expiration Date” means that. It’s the last day the food item should be eaten or used.


“Best if Used By (or Before)” date suggests eating the product before the date for the best possible quality.

“Sell-By” date suggest you buy the product before the printed date, but it doesn’t mean that product has spoiled…yet.

“Use-By” is self explanatory. Basically the last date to use the product at the peak of quality.

For more info, check out the USDA website. Hope this helps!




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We are a family of four that left it all behind to go travel the world. No, literally we left it all. We sold all of our possessions, packed what we could into four suitcases and said goodbye to suburban life. All we own is now pulled behind us as we travel to new and exciting destinations. Showing our kids the world and teaching them about new cultures, food, and ways of life is now our 9-5.

We love watching our kids learn, and learning along side them. Together we have now explored many new countries, visited family on the other side of the world, and made memories that will last a lifetime.

Welcome to our journey!