It’s smart to check your expiration dates on food before you head to the register at the grocery store.
- I have made this mistake too many times to count, when I find out once I get home or when I’m ready to use the product in question.
If you are within the return period for the store and still have the receipt, you can spend a half hour of your time taking it back to the store. No matter what, you’ll save yourself time, money, and frustration by being smart with checking food expiration dates. Some food becomes stale with age while other food spoils. I don’t mind using boxed cake or cookie mix if it’s a few months past the expiration date, but you won’t see me do the same thing with perishables, especially dairy products. When it comes to the litany of cannabis products available at most medical marijuana dispensaries, it can be hard to determine the real expiration date. Most cannabis stores will put a year-long expiration date on your marijuana products that starts at the date of cultivation or harvest. If it’s a cannabis edible, usually this date is swapped with the production date for the edible itself, instead of the harvest of the cannabis flower buds that went into the oil that ended up in the cannabis edible. Cannabis flower products on the other hand don’t last for a year. Even if they never come into contact with a single mold or fungal spore, it’s hard to prevent any degradation of the cannabis flower buds after you’ve been opening and closing the jar for longer than a few months. That’s the longest I will hold onto a batch of cannabis flower buds before turning them into homemade cannabis edibles.