Below are tips to help you store foods for longer which means you will waste less.
There’s also information about use by and sell by dates printed on food packaging to explain exactly what they mean.
The date labels on some food packaging can be a bit confusing if you don’t understand the difference. This guide will help you save money and avoid waste.
DISPLAY UNTIL / SELL BY
These dates are for the shop and not for us at home. You don’t need to worry about them, but look out for yellow stickers and discount labels on foods if you want to grab a bargain when the shops want to sell foods off quickly
These dates tell us that food is still safe to eat after that date but the flavour and texture may not be as good as when it is fresh. Use your senses to make a judgement about if a food is still ok to cook or eat e.g. it’s smell, appearance and taste. Depending on how your food is stored, it has the potential to be good enough to eat for a long time after this date
|Jar of sauce (unopened)||12 months|
|Dried pasta||1-2 years|
|Tinned foods||1-2 years|
These dates are about safety and are applied to foods that go off quickly. You should not eat food after the ‘use by’ date even if it looks and smells ok. However, you can freeze meat, fish, dairy products and chilled foods right up to and on the day to use safely in the future.