Expiration Dates EXPLAINED!

Expiration dates are weird and potentially dangerous! What’s the difference between Best By, Use By, and Sell By?! Will that old battery explode, or those leftovers give you food poisoning?! Find out in this video, as we explore the bizarre and twisty world of expiration dates.

Created by:
Emma Mills & T. Michael (Mike) Martin

Hosted by:
Emma Mills

Written by:
Thomas Frank (collegeinfogeek.com)
& T. Michael Martin

Edited by:
Nathan Talbott

Directed by:
T. Michael Martin
Executive Producers:
Hank & John Green

LINKS AND ADDITIONAL READING:
Still Tasty’s database: http://www.stilltasty.com/searchitems…
http://io9.com/the-surprisingly-inexa…
http://www.futuretimeline.net/beyond-…
http://www.realsimple.com/home-organi…
http://lifehacker.com/almost-everythi…
http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/t…
http://www.medicbatteries.com/alkalin…

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A Guide to Food Waste [Infographic]

A Guide to Food Waste [Infographic] | ecogreenlove

Brough to you by Fix.com

In 2010, around one-third of the food produced in the United States was not consumed, and ended up being wasted. That is a troubling statistic, and represents a food waste crisis that if left ignored will continue to burn holes in the pockets of families, and contribute to waste and the myriad problems it causes our planet.

One of the first things you can do to cut food waste in your home is to stop treating the “best-before,” “use-by,” and “sell-by” labels as gospel that determine when food must instantly been thrown out. These labels are used for shelving and inventory purposes in stores, and you should always trust your eyes and nose before you trust a number on a package. Consider using food rather than throwing it out, unless your senses tell you otherwise!

Make your meal plans and take stock of what you have in your fridge and pantry before you go shopping, and shop accordingly. Consider joining a CSA to take advantage of freshness, and buy your groceries a few times a week and when needed, rather than all at once.

Eat by Date – How long does Food last?

IMG from “Food expired? Don’t be so quick to toss it” by Alexandra Sifferlin on TIME.com

It may come as a shock, but printed food dates are not federally regulated and do not refer to food safety. Thus, it is usually safe to eat your “expired” food after its printed date has passed. This article helps you determine what’s in a “use by”, “best before”, “best by” or “sell by” date to help you break away from the food date myth. Utilize the shelf life resource and stop throwing out perfectly good food.

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