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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I put soy sauce in my green bean cassarole and noticed it expired in July. Do you think it will be ok?
post #2 of 14
It will probably be fine. Expiry date are usually just a "best before" which doesn't mean that at midnight of that date it goes bad suddenly.
post #3 of 14
Soya sauce being a salty liquid is probably preserved by the salt. I would say it's probably still good even more so if it was in the fridge
post #4 of 14
It will be fine. It has a high concentration of salt in it and salt is a preservative. In fact if you keep it in the fridge it will still be good to use next July
post #5 of 14
I have used gone-off Soy Sauce before and it was fine. Slightly weird taste but if it's in a casserole you won't notice.
post #6 of 14
Shoot, I didn't know soy sauce had an expiration date and I'm exteremly finicky on using things that the date has gone by on.
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by jugen View Post
Shoot, I didn't know soy sauce had an expiration date and I'm exteremly finicky on using things that the date has gone by on.
I am finicky too
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by jugen View Post
Shoot, I didn't know soy sauce had an expiration date and I'm exteremly finicky on using things that the date has gone by on.
All foods have a "best before" date. However "best before" doesn't mean it isn't edible after that date. Things like milk and eggs, yes. But dry foods, canned foods opened jars of tomato type sauces, yes, those I wouldn't eat beyond a few days after the expiry date. But soy sauce and ketchup etc, those are still good for months beyond the best before date.
post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 
I guess it was fine because everyone that at my casserole is still alive.
post #10 of 14
That made me think of the "Best if used by August 31, 2007" Miracle Whip thats in the fridge at my fiance's parent's house. But many of you probably remember the mustard thread (which is STILL in the fridge, almost a year past the best by date), and how at least 1/2 of everything in that house has reached it's expiration date... including the Pepto Bismol, with the best by date of November 2004.
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by Tara & Rob View Post
That made me think of the "Best if used by August 31, 2007" Miracle Whip thats in the fridge at my fiance's parent's house. But many of you probably remember the mustard thread (which is STILL in the fridge, almost a year past the best by date), and how at least 1/2 of everything in that house has reached it's expiration date... including the Pepto Bismol, with the best by date of November 2004.
Oh dear!!
post #12 of 14
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That made me think of the "Best if used by August 31, 2007" Miracle Whip thats in the fridge at my fiance's parent's house.
Yuck. I would never eat miracle whip past the experation date.
post #13 of 14
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Yuck. I would never eat miracle whip past the experation date.
The last time I ate (and only time I should say) Miracle Whip, It was WELL beyond the expiration (ues by whatever you would like to call it) date and it made me sicker then a dog. To this day the smell of it makes me nauseas.
post #14 of 14
Pretty much the worst that can happen to soy sauce is that the salt in it will form little crunchy crystals - but they'll dissolve anyway when you cook with it.

There's a big difference between a 'use by' date and a 'best before' date. A 'use by' date gives you a conservative indication of when something may start to become inedible (and in the case of some meat and shellfish when it may be unsafe to eat), whereas a 'best before' date tells you how long (again conservatively) you can expect the product to be exactly the same as when you bought it. Many goods with a best before date may well change in appearance (crystallisation or separation of ingredients) but is more a cosmetic/aesthetic indication than a health concern.
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