I don’t know about you, but I don’t trust “the man” any more than he trusts me. All this mumbo jumbo “sell by”/”eat by” bullsh*t just screams of scamming me to make more money. I am absolutely the guy who drinks milk (from the carton) a few days after it’s supposedly turned to cheese. In fact, several major grocery chains have been caught relabeling food with a new expiration or sell by date to keep their shelves stocked. Ever open that chicken breast that’s supposedly just been packaged and it’s a slimy mess?
As with anything else, it’s best to educate yourself and play it safe, so here are good general guidelines for the some of the most common foods.