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brentspeak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-20-08 06:12 PM
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OK to drink orange juice past the expiration date?
I have a gallon jug of store-brand orange juice, made from concentrate, with a "sell by" date of Aug 15. Dump it, or ok to drink for a couple more days?

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TroglodyteScholar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-20-08 06:21 PM
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1. Smell test
If it doesn't stink, it's probably alright. You can always do a tiny test sip, too. That's what I do, anyway.
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Chan790 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-20-08 06:30 PM
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2. It's probably fine...
Old OJ doesn't really spoil very quickly, it just starts to taste bad.

You could probably drink it safely for another two weeks. You just wouldn't want to. (This period of time is based on the assumption you're not a from-the-carton drinker. That would introduce bacteria and significantly shorten its' safe-period. OJ is high in sugars and that makes it a bacterial-breeding heaven.)
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-20-08 06:31 PM
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3. drink it!
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1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-20-08 06:40 PM
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4. pour some vodka in it just to be safe...
that'll kill any bugs.
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-20-08 06:44 PM
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5. If its infected you can taste it
Since its simply sugar, you can taste the infection
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brentspeak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-20-08 06:47 PM
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6. Follow-up: I chickened-out, and poured it down the drain
Edited on Wed Aug-20-08 06:47 PM by brentspeak
After a taste-test, I determined that it was beginning to taste a bit "strong" as it got to about the 1/5 mark on the jug; the juice was also becoming thick/syrupy, too. Of course, that could have simply been due to the concentrate. The mention of "sugar" and "bacteria" was probably the clincher.

I think I'll just buy half-gallons from now on.
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-20-08 09:17 PM
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7. ya dump it
if it`s bad it`s an instant barf fest....my wife had this happen to her twice. worse she`s been a bartender for years
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A HERETIC I AM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-20-08 09:24 PM
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8. The answer is in your question.
It isn't an expiration date, it is a "sell by" date.

After that date it should no longer be on store shelves, but it does not mean it will instantly spoil over the next 24 hours. Even if you bought it the day before, it should still keep at least a couple weeks in the fridge.

I see you said you dumped it, but you probably didn't have to unless the sell by date was 2 months ago.
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RedShoes Donating Member (658 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-20-08 09:32 PM
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9. when in doubt, throw it out. nt
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The Velveteen Ocelot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-20-08 09:50 PM
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10. Skim the green algae off the top and it should be fine.
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LeftyFingerPop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-20-08 09:52 PM
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11. If you have to chew it...
then it is probably not safe.
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Saboburns Donating Member (690 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-20-08 09:54 PM
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12. Sure
Or mebbe not/
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