Many of us get confused by the dates printed on our food packaging. Some of us wouldn’t touch food even a day past the date listed, while others are comfortable to eat food well after.
Knowing the difference between ‘use by’ and ‘best before’ is important in reducing food waste. So what do they mean? Use by is an instruction and refers to the safety of the food. You should not eat food after its use by date. Comparatively, a best before date is a guideline which refers to the quality of the food. It is safe to eat food after its best before date, providing you use your senses to check that it is okay.
Dairy products are a food group where Kiwis can be overly cautious when it comes to expiry dates. This results in us throwing away 8,426 tonnes of dairy products every year.
Helpfully, dairy products are likely to show signs of spoiling, so it should be easy to know when they have gone off. Use your senses to check for lumps in your milk, a sour smell, unusual texture or mould growth. If any of these signs are present, discard the product.
Fruit yoghurt pizza
This yoghurt pizza is a fun way to use up yoghurt which is getting passed its best. You can use any sort of yoghurt.