Food Expiration Dates 101: How Long to Keep Dairy and Eggs

Who hasn't sniffed the milk carton and hoped for the best? It's tough to know when butter, cheese, cream, milk, yogurt and eggs have gone bad so we've created this handy cheat sheet of expiration dates from Read on to find out when to toss eggs and dairy products! (26 Photos)

Lisa Cericola on Feb 25, 2013 at 12:23PM

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Food Expiration Dates 101: How Long to Keep Dairy and Eggs

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Unopened or opened: One week after sell-by date in the refrigerator or three months in the freezer.

Milk that has been continuously refrigerated will usually remain safe to consume for one week past the sell-by date. Freeze in an airtight container, leaving a half-inch of space at the top because milk will expand when frozen. If it develops an off color, odor or appearance, discard it. Milk is best stored in in the main body of the refrigerator, which is usually colder than the refrigerator door.

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