If your house is anything like mine you’ve got differing opinions on just when to toss out old food and drinks.  My wife takes every expiration date as gospel and I’m more of a ‘sniff test’ kind of guy.

Well our friends at the United States Department of Agriculture have come to the rescue with some helpful tips. The main point they make is that those dates indicated when a food is at its’ freshest – not when it’s about to go bad.

That means that you can drink that milk for up to a week after it ‘expires’, for meat it’s one or two days.

They also tackle the differences between ‘sell by’, best if used by’, and ‘use by’ dates.

Check out the entire report here.

And when all else fails – follow your nose!