This Date Is More Important Than "The Expiry Date"
The expiry date isn't the only date that's important.
We've all done it: you diligently keep your kitchen cupboard full and well stocked and then, promptly forgot that a can or two is there. You may have placed¬†it in the back and covered it up with other cans¬†but sadly, it may be only a few months or even weeks away from expiring.¬†
The good news is that canned food can and will last for years and possibly indefinitely, in optimal¬†conditions: the can has no dents, rust, or swelling¬†and is¬†stored in a cool and dry place.¬†This also applies to frozen food that is frozen solid and packaged food that is also stored properly and without¬†any pest, mold, or any other infestion. The only downside to¬†food that has been preserved for so long is taste and texture. These food may have become dry and may taste different or even stale.¬†
This is why the expiry date isn't the only date on canned food you should be concerned with. While the expiry date tells you¬†the latest date you should eat the¬†canned food, you should also¬†note the production date, too.¬†
The production date, also known as the manufacturing date in other industries, is the date that the food was made, and this is why¬†it¬†should¬†be a more important date than the expiry date. This denotes how fresh the food¬†is. The closer the date is to the present date, the fresher it is. This also means your canned food will¬†keep fresher in storage for longer as well.¬†
So, when you're grocery shopping for canned food, you should note three¬†things:¬†
- 1 The can should be in good condition.¬†
- 2 The¬†expiry date is far in the future.
- 3 The production date is closest to¬†the present day.¬†
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