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Milk sell by dates....

if the sell by date says 10/24, and today is 10/26 would you still drink it?

I'm a brat like that and I usually toss by the sell by date... (I know, I know.. but there isn't usually any left by then!) but just curious as to what others do..

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Re: Milk sell by dates....

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    If it's newly opened it's usually fine in my experience, but if it's been open for a while I get a new one.
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    i would drink it if it smells and tastes fine. 
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    never ever, in my wildest dreams would I drink it.  I usually toss it days before the sell by date. 
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    imagealison43:
    i would drink it if it smells and tastes fine. 

    This is what I do, too!

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    imagealison43:
    i would drink it if it smells and tastes fine. 

    This is what I do, too!

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    I'm a bad EFFer... I toss milk after it's been open for three days because it always smells funny to me by then.  And I'd never drink after a sell by date.  But, this comes from having been fed bad/sour milk too many times as a child.
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    imagePoonico:
    If it's newly opened it's usually fine in my experience, but if it's been open for a while I get a new one.

    This is what I also do.

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    sniff test, then bake with it or toss it if it's questionable. If it's been open for more than a week I usually just toss it though.
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    I let DH smell it.  If he says it's fine, then I use it.  But I can't smell it myself because I think milk is grosstastic and always smells funny.  I'd probably toss it if it were brand new. lol
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    I give it a whiff.  If it stinks, I toss it.  If it doesn't, we use it.
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    The best by dates are averages. They can't possibly apply to every carton of milk, as they were all stored and transported differently. Plus they are usually very conservative dates, as the milk company, like all companies want to sell more product.

    The smell test always works. It's how people stayed live before best by dates. If it smells off, I use it to bake with. Soured milk seems to make biscuits taste better than frsh milk, in my opinion. Plus, milk is a very energy intensive food, so we try and not waste any.

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    imageSoldiersGreenBean:
    I give it a whiff.  If it stinks, I toss it.  If it doesn't, we use it.

    I do the same; I say "I" because DH thinks that the "sell by" date is a "drink by" date.  My solution is to take a sharpie to the date so he can't tell what it is soon after I buy it Angel .  I usually remember what the date is anyway so I know when to sniff, but don't have a problem with milk that has been in the fridge for over a week usually.  I cut down from a gallon to a half gallon because that seems to be more our week - 2 week consumption and that system has worked.

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