How Long Do You Typically Keep Milk?

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  1. Optimus1986

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    How long do you keep it after expiration? A few days? Or is it just a "sell-by" date like on sandwiches at Wal-Mart?
     
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    well, what everyone seems to think is an "expiry date" on foods is merely a "best before date", meaning that the company will not guarantee the product's freshness past that date. So up until that date, you can be 99% sure that it will be fresh.

    so that said, i generally keep my milk for about a week after the best before date. but i always sniff the carton before i pour anything, just to be sure.
     
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    Milk always gets used in my house long before it ever gets anywhere near the date it starts to go chunky.

    Forever having to buy milk... :redface2: 
     
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    My milk substitute of choice has a shelf life of 10 months or so, and then a 7-10 day life expectancy once opened and refrigerated.
     
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    I don't have too many weird quirks, but milk is one of them.

    I won't touch it if it's on or after the "sell by" date, and even if it's a few days before, I probably won't use it either.
     
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    I'll keep drinking it up to a week after the Sell-By date. It's worked pretty well for me. I mean... I'm still here, right?
     
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    I won't use it after the best before date, but milk rarely lasts that long in our house.
     
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    We always kill a gallon about a week before the expire date so no worries about it going bad here. Though when I use to stock milk at the grocery store, you'd be surpirsed how quickly the milk does go bad after the expire date.
     
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    my family usually finishes off a gallon within 2 or 3 days of buying it so no risk of it ever going bad
     
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    When it starts separating that you can see it easily is when you shouldn't touch it. At that point, it's breaking down, so to speak.
    Let it go long enough, and you have cottage cheese.

    My daughter goes through 2.5 gallons in five days (no kidding!), so I rarely get to see it last long enough to go bad.
     
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    Generally, I'm not too big on milk once it gets around that sell by date. I'll use it, but I'm always a bit wary of it.
     
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    its always gone the day before it expires.
     
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    usually its gone before it goes bad, but if it has gone bad thats when it goes
     
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    It's usually gone before the date, but if it's still around, I won't keep it a week past the date.
     
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    When I pour it and it just sits on top of my Cheerios, I usually throw it out.
     
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    It usually takes me about 10 - 12 days to finish a gallon of milk, which usually ends up being about 4 - 5 days past the expiration date. As long as it's been in my fridge the entire time, not sitting out in the sun or anything, I've never had a problem with it.
     
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    If there is milk still left in the jug by the date I will never risk drinking it. I have had too many surprises with milk...
     
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    The more fat content in the milk, the longer it will last. Several times after the expiration date should be fine. Just sniff it before drinking.

    On another note, supermarkets are the ones that make up the expiration dates. Not sure about milk but pretty sure about other products. And don't really know where they get their science for what dates to put on which products. Seems to be more like getting high turn over rate.
     
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    We usually keep it for 3 days after
     
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    We go through milk pretty quickly in my family, what with 2 bowls of cereal a day, so I have no idea really. Definitely no more than a week.
     

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