I’m not talking about dating and relationships here. I’m referring to the dates we see on the labels of the food we buy and the canned goods we have in our pantry.
Seeing the label: “use by” or “best if used by” indicates the last date when the product is likely to be at peak flavor and quality. This does not mean that the food is not safe after that date. However, if you see “expiration” this indicates the last date on which they should be used. Exception to this would be eggs, as they can be still used safely for the next 3 to 5 weeks.
“Sell by” indicates the last day on which a product should be sold. The food should be bought before the date, but you don’t have to use it by then.
High acid canned foods specifically tomatoes can be stored for 12 to 18 months; and if properly stored, low acid canned foods such as meat, fish and most vegetables will keep 2 to 5 years. Any bulging cans should be discarded .