Cottage Cheese: How Long Past the Sale Date is it Safe to Consume?
I keep forgetting that I purchased a container of cottage cheese a few weeks ago. I checked the date to make sure I could still eat it and I realized that like many types of foods in grocery stores, this says when the last sale date is rather than the last day it should be consumed. With that said, how do you all determine how long things like that are still save to eat?
I did taste a little bit and it seems to be fine, so I'm having a small bowl with diced onions and a bit of pepper before heading off to work tonight. Milk is another dairy item that is dated with the sell by date rather than the last day it should be consumed, but in our household we don't have any problems drinking it before that date arrives. In fact, we almost go through a gallon of milk daily and that is only with my husband and my daughter drinking the milk. I will have it in cereal or when I have instant breakfast, but otherwise I don't drink much of it.
Have any of you figured out the best time-table for eating foods such as this? I know with meats that you have waiting to cook but that are in the refrigerator rather than the freezer, usually you can tell by the smell. If it's beginning to smell rancid, then it's a safe bet that it's best not to eat it. Cottage cheese, though, has to be older to have a nasty smell.
Image Credit » Marsha Musselman (taken with my camera)