Todd: My rule is always three days. So, I'll eat anything if it's within ... except for meat, maybe, but anything if it's within three days of the expiration date or the sell-by date on thestore's ...
Rachel: Oh, I think that matters ... To me it makes an enormous difference what it is. Forexample, moyashi, which is bean sprouts, I'll eat them on the day or the day after, but notafter that. They start getting bad really quickly. But, for example, a jar of pickles, that's goingto last much longer than the three days after.
Todd: Right. I think the big one, I guess, you're right about time, is dairy. Milk is obvious, because milk you can smell. But cheese ...
Rachel: But on the other hand, it just turns into yogurt.
Todd: Right, yes. So that's the other one is yogurt. So yogurt, I'll see it in the fridge and I'mlike, "How long can I keep this?" Like sometimes it'll be past the expiration date, but it smellsfine, it looks fine.
Rachel: Well, yogurt is soured milk, so it's difficult to say at which point it sours, because it'salready sour.
Todd: Yeah, and cheese too lasts forever it seems like.
Rachel: Pretty much. You can see the mold on cheese.
Todd: Yeah. So what about if you see bread and there's a little mold on the bread?
Todd: Are you old school? Will you cut around it?
Rachel: No. I used to and I used to cut the mold off cheese, but having learned more aboutvisible mold is only a small amount of it and parts of mold you can't see are branching intothe food.
Todd: Oh, I see.
Rachel: Yeah. So that makes it a little dodgier. So, no I probably wouldn't eat bread that hadany kind of mold on it. And I'm dodgy about cheese to. That's got the wrong sort of mold onit.
Rachel: There's the right sort of mold like a blue cheese, and that's fine.
Todd: Right. And I should clarify here, neither of us are medical professionals.
Rachel: Don't take this advise.
Todd: We're just talking about our own habits here, so ...
Rachel: Another thing that ...
Todd: What about juice? What about juice? Like how long can you keep juice? Can you smellwhen juice is bad?
Rachel: I don't usually buy juice, so I don't really know.
Todd: Oh, yeah.
Rachel: Maybe you can smell it.
Todd: Maybe you can smell it.
Rachel: Yeah, I'd probably toss juice because I'm not experienced enough with it, obviously, to have made my own mind up about it, so I'd probably go by the date with that one.
Todd: What's interesting is when you see some foods that you think would last forever, butactually they won't, they just have an expiration date that's way in the future, like cannedgoods.
Todd: Sometimes it's surprising when you're like, "Oh, there actually is an expiration date onthere."
Rachel: There is.
Todd: But it's way in the future.
Rachel: It's way in the future, as long as the can's not dented, I think ...
Todd: Or rusty, right?
Rachel: ... is the rule for that. Yeah.
Todd: Yeah. Interesting topic.