We all have had that disconcerting moment - there's a bit of mold
on a food item that, ordinarily, we'd be reluctant to toss. What to
do...? In this article on the HuffPost, 4 Moldy Foods You Can
Eat (Plus Which Foods to Toss), EatingWell gives some
useful advice - we found it both interesting and ironic that you
can keep hard cheeses made without mold (Parmesan), but you should
toss soft cheeses made with mold (Blue cheese).
And in the article there's a link to a related article, Do Food
Expiration Dates Really Mean Anything?. Of particular interest
is this explanation of various terminology - none of which has to
do with safety:
"Sell-by" "Best if used by" and "use-by" have similar, but
slightly different meanings. "Sell-by" is geared more toward the
retailer, indicating to them when they should rotate product off
the shelves. "Best if used by" is an indicator of quality (the food
will not be "bad" after that date) and "use-by" is the last day the
manufacturer recommends using the product based
on quality, not safety."
Enjoy the weekend, everybody.