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I think I've set a record for the longest lasting milk


The milk in my refrigerator has an expiration date of August 31. Including today, it's 45 days past the expiration date and it's still perfectly fine. I used a cup of it to make some Hamburger Helper a few hours ago. I've had milk last about a month past its expiration date before, but never a month and a half.

What do I win?

Edit: I just checked the milk (October 15) and it now has a slight odor. I dumped it down the drain. R.I.P. Old Milk.

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Food poisoning.

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You can't get food poisoning from food that's perfectly fine.

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A gallon of milk lasts about 3 or 4 days in my fridge, so this is absurd to me.

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Do you mean it lasts 3 or 4 days before it's gone or before it spoils?

I mostly only use milk for cooking (I hardly ever drink it and I don't eat cereal), so it usually spoils before I finish it. I only buy a half-gallon at a time.

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Me too. I hardly ever even use a half gallon. I'd but pints but they cost more than half gallons.

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What does it smell like?

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No smell at all. If it had a smell of any kind I'd consider it spoiled and dump it down the drain.

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You might have corona virus.

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No. My sense of smell (and taste) works the same as it always has, and I haven't had a cold or flu since 2005.

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That's a good run.

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I haven't had a cold or flu since 2005.

what? why? how?

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This made me laugh more than I should.

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I wonder what else is in your fridge. An old tomato turned to black sludge? Bread that could cure the plague?

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What do those things have to do with milk that's still perfectly fine?

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It was in there quite awhile I imagine, right?

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Yes, but it's still in there because it hasn't gone bad yet, unlike e.g., "a tomato that's turned to black sludge", which wouldn't be in there because it's obviously long since gone bad.

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I occasionally find long-forgotten or overlooked items in mine, that's all.

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Yeah, I've had that happen before too, and it sucks, especially if it leaked through the packaging. But there's usually nothing particularly old in my refrigerator except for stuff that lasts forever, like Worcestershire sauce and various types of mustard.

I just remembered that I have an unopened Grolsch beer in there that's been in there since 2002, in the cool swing top bottle like this - https://cdn2.bigcommerce.com/server5500/tpbc2s65/products/216/images/241/grolsch16oz4pk__76673.1350419242.1280.1280.jpg?c=2

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Sometimes I buy the no refrigeration necessary version from Amazon, and keep it in the pantry. It's fine for when you run out.

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uht?

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Yep

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i do that all the time instead of fresh , but in bulk , dont worry abouit running out

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That's not old; I got a milk carton with the Lindbergh baby on it.

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I'm a bit surprised how long raw ground beef lasts these days. It used to be that you had about 3 days at most, to freeze it, use it or lose it. I'm still amazed at the "freeze by" date I see on packages now. Obviously, preservatives or irradiation changes things.

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Milk lasts a lot longer than it used to too. When I was a kid in the '80s, milk might last a few days past the expiration date. I first noticed it was lasting a lot longer about 15 years ago, up to a month past the expiration date in some cases. This current jug of milk I have beats all though.

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it that time measurement fromn when you bought it ? or when you first ipened it?
What type of milk is it?

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"it that time measurement fromn when you bought it ? or when you first ipened it?"

The "expiration date", or "use by date", or "best by date", or whatever you want to call it, that's printed on the jug. The milk has a date of August 31, which means I bought it a week or two before that.

"What type of milk is it?"

Ordinary whole milk from a cow, "Hood" brand.

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I find though that the "going off" will not exactly begin , but accelerate, rapidly from first opening , and subsequent openings.

if you buy 2 gallons on the same day (with same exp date) ,
take a glass out of one everyday for a week,
on that 7th day the remaining milk in the opened one will be in foar worse state than the untouched one.
thats what i was getting at , might explain the record , especially if the fridge is mega cold borderline freezing

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Yeah, the more times you open it, the more the milk is exposed to bacteria in the air, which can lead to it spoiling faster. But even unopened milk will normally spoil long before 46 days past the expiration date, because normal pasteurization, unlike UHT, doesn't kill all of the bacteria already in the milk, which is why it needs to be refrigerated even before it's opened, whereas UHT milk doesn't need to be and can last 6 to 9 months without refrigeration if it hasn't been opened yet.

I don't know exactly when I opened the milk, but it was before the expiration date, so not all that long after I bought it, and when I dumped it out yesterday because it had finally started giving off an odor, I'd used about 3/4 of it, small amounts at a time ranging from 1/4 cup (like for a box of macaroni and cheese) to 1 cup (like for a box of Hamburger or Tuna Helper).

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