It’s safe to say that if you look in your fridge right now there is at least one thing that is past its expiration date, but is it actually bad? Will you die from eating it? Below are 5 foods that can be eaten past their expiration date.

1. Milk- 1 Week After


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Yes, I know it freaks some people out when they see that their milk is expired but it is actually still drinkable. Milk, if kept in the fridge, can last up to a week after the date. Obviously if it smells or looks weird don’t drink it…just use your best judgment.

2. Eggs- 3 Weeks After


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Often you are forced to buy the whole carton and end up not eating all of the eggs during the time period. The truth is that eggs can last up to 3 weeks after their expiration date. Make that omelette now.

3. Cheese- 3 Months


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No one should ever waste cheese, but sometimes you forget about it and it ends up all the way in the back of your fridge. Cheese can last up to 3 months after the expiration date. Some experts even suggest that if you cut of the moldy part of the cheese the other parts are still good. Again, it’s all based on your own opinion.

4. Bread- 6 Months (if kept in freezer)


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Sometimes we can’t eat an entire loaf of bread in one week, and by the end of the week there is already mold on it. If kept in the freezer the bread can last up to 6 months, so go ahead and buy that giant 2 loaf bread package from Costco and stick the other half in the freezer.

5. Juice- 1 year (unopened)


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Surprisingly juice can last up to 1 year after the expiration date. Not sure why you would have an unopened juice in your fridge, but if you do find one, it is still good 6 months later. Drink up.

Most expiration dates used to say “this is when the product is at its peak freshness,” not that it will be bad after the date. Another Spoon writer features more foods and how long they will last. So don’t waste your food: smell it, look at it, and if it passes your test — it’s most likely still good.