36 Foods In Your Fridge That Have Probably Expired, This is HORRIFYING!

When their lifetime is up, several items in your kitchen almost seem to scream, “Throw me away, now!” You know, those scary green patches on the Cheddar? A sure sign that it needs to be thrown out. Chunky milk? Down the drain it goes.

But what about that carton of eggs and the Ziploc baggie of turkey cold cuts — both marked with mysterious “Sell-By” dates? How are you supposed to know when their time has passed?

Expiration and “Sell By” dates can be super confusing. Because of this, we’ve compiled a list of what you need to know to keep your food fresh, delicious, and safe.

A HANDY KEEP-OR-TOSS GUIDE FOR 36 POPULAR FOODS:

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1. Milk. Typically safe until one week after the “Sell By” date.

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2. Eggs. Safe* for about 3-5 weeks after you bring them home (assuming you bought them before the “Sell By” date). Peggy VanLaanen, EdD, RD, a professor of food and nutrition at Texas A&M University explains that ‘AA’ eggs will go down a grade the first week but are still perfectly edible.

* Unsure whether or not your eggs are still safe to consume? Here’s how to tell if your eggs have gone bad: Simply submerge each questionable egg in a cup with water. Happy, safe, and delicious eggs will sink, while a rotten egg will float. Don’t risk it — throw out the floaters.

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3. Poultry and seafood. Cook or freeze within a day or two.

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4. Beef and pork. Cook or freeze within three to five days.

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5. Canned goods.* Highly acidic foods like tomato sauce can be kept 18 months or more. Low-acidic foods like canned green beans are probably risk-free for up to five years.

“You do not want to put cans in a hot place like a crawl space or garage,” Peggy VanLaanen tells WebMD.

VanLaanen suggests keeping canned and dry foods at 50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit in a dry, dark place. Humidity can be a factor in speeded-up deterioration. The FDA notes that taste, aroma, and appearance of food can change rapidly if the air conditioning fails in a home or warehouse.

*Obviously dented cans, as well as cans bulging with bacteria growth should be discarded – no matter what the expiration date!

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6. Beer. Unopened: can be kept up to 4 months.

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7. Brown sugar. Indefinite shelf life; stored in a moisture-proof container in a cool, dry place.

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8. Chocolate (Hershey bar). 1 year from production date.

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9. Coffee. Ground & Canned: Unopened: Up to 2 years; Opened: Up to 1 month if refrigerated.

Gourmet Beans: 3 weeks in a paper bag; and longer in a vacuum-seal bag (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume). Instant: Unopened: Up to 2 years; Opened: Up to 1 month.

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10. Diet soda (and soft drinks in plastic bottles). Unopened: 3 months from “Best By” date. Opened: Doesn’t spoil, but taste is affected.

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11. Dried pasta. 12 months.

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12. Frozen dinners. Unopened: 12 to 18 months.

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13. Frozen vegetables. Unopened: 18 to 24 months; Opened: 1 month.

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14. Honey. Indefinite shelf life.

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15. Bottled juice (apple or cranberry). Unopened: 8 months from production date; Opened: 7 to 10 days.

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16. Ketchup. Unopened: 1 year (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume). Opened or used: 4 to 6 months (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume)

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17. Maple syrup (real or imitation). 1 year.

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18. Mayonnaise. Unopened: Indefinitely; Opened: 2 to 3 months from “Purchase By” date (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume).

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19. Mustard. 2 years (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume).

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20. Jarred Olives (green with pimento). Unopened: 3 years; Opened: 3 months.