The fresher the food, the better it is
Obviously, but here’s what you need to know about those confusing “use by,” “sell by,” and “best by” stamps on food items.
“BEST BUY” is often found on baked goods, cereals and cans. It tells you how long a product will retain its best flavor. You can still eat it after that, but it may not taste as good.
“SELL BY” is usually found on perishable foods like meat and milk so store clerks know when to rotate foods. Foods are generally safe a day or two after the sell by date, if stored properly, depending on the food (Milk, maybe a week. Meat, 24 hours).
“USE BY” or expiration dates say what they mean. If you haven’t used it by that date, don’t.