Do you still drink the milk after the sell by date?

zmatrix

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I had my milk carton sitting in my fridge with a few days past the sell by date. I drank it. It didtn't taste funny or anything. Still in it's liquid form.
 

conjur

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There's a reason that is called the "sell-by" date and not an "expiration" date.
 

Jzero

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Did you ever notice that the sell-by date is earlier for NYC? Do you honestly think the milk sours faster in NYC?
If it passes the sniff test, it's good.
 

minendo

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Originally posted by: conjur
There's a reason that is called the "sell-by" date and not an "expiration" date.
Exactly. Plus after pastuerization, the most common degradation of milk components is quality related and will not make you sick.

 

Turkish

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sell by date is the day that store should sell it.... after that, it usually is 7 days more in consumer's fridge.
 

Need4Speed

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milk doesnt have a timer that makes it go bad on that date....depends on a lot of things..in short..i drink it till it starts to smell like a$$
 

Kadarin

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Personally, I won't touch it myself, but you should be fine so long as it's not turning into cottage cheese. Unless, of course, you happen to like wet, soggy cottage cheese.
 

zmatrix

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All the people I know chuck their milk away a day or two after the sell by date.
 

atom

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I usually start checking the milk carefully 4-5 days after the sell by date. Haven't gotten sick yet..........
 

prvteye2003

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I'm religously stingy with my milk. I won't drink the last little bit left nor will I let anyone drink out of my glass of milk, not even my kids. Don't know why, I've always been like that.
 

minendo

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Originally posted by: atom
I usually start checking the milk carefully 4-5 days after the sell by date. Haven't gotten sick yet..........
You won't unless post-processing contamination occured and/or the milk was not stored under ideal storage conditions (refigeration temperature or below).

 

xSauronx

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Originally posted by: Jzero
Did you ever notice that the sell-by date is earlier for NYC? Do you honestly think the milk sours faster in NYC?
If it passes the sniff test, it's good.
so i shouldnt be letting my 2 yr old test it to see if its "yucky"?

damn
 

Eli

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If it's still good, sure.

Milk is typically good for 7-10 days after the sell by date.

You aren't going to get sick, even if the milk is completely sour.

Not long ago when I had a sinus infection(couldn't smell), I grabbed a carton and took a huge drink. I thought it tasted funny, and I couldn't really figure it out.. then I mustered enough strength to sniff it.

EWwwwww!! I about puked. I didn't get sick or feel weird or anything though. :p
 

bockchow

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nope i'll drink it the day before the date on the bottle after i've tested it a bit but on the date and after i won't touch the stuff. even if it's fine my mind will create a problem with it.
 

minendo

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Originally posted by: bockchow
even if it's fine my mind will create a problem with it.
That is the largest problem with consumers. Perception is what caused Crystal Clear Pepsi to fail.

 

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I've got 2 kids... boys.... A gallon of milk in our house never comes close to the sell by date before it's gone.
I can buy 2 gallons of milk, and they'll both be gone long before the sell by date.
 

I drink waaay too much milk for expiration to be an issue (oreos + milk, cereal (lots of it) + milk).

<-- is a gallon-per-week kind of guy.
 

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