10 Foods with Expiration Dates You Can Ignore 

Uncooked white rice

Raise your hand if you've thrown out expired uncooked white rice. Asri of Honest Food Talks and an Asian home cuisine specialist tells Best Life.

Soy sauce

Are you ready? Asri believes soy sauce can be eaten two to three years after expiration. Soy sauce has a long shelf life if kept cool, dry, and out of direct sunlight because it is fermented and heavy in sodium.


Salt has no expiration date, however products including iodine, seasonings, spices, colors, and tastes can degrade, according to Morton Salt's website. Plain table salt or coarse sea salt you put on dishes? Give it five years.

Certain makeup product

According to the FDA, products handled properly may last longer than their expiration date. A recent Allure article states that unopened foundation can survive two years, but "it's best to replace it after six to 12 months."


It's obvious on Crest's website: "Can expired toothpaste be used? Simple answer: yes." It loses effectiveness in preventing cavities and tooth decay.

Protein powder

With most products on this list, protein powder expiration dates are for quality, not safety. Healthline says it's "likely safe" to use protein powder shortly after its expiration date if there are no signs of spoilage. 

Unopened frozen fruit and vegetable

"You can eat unopened packages of frozen fruits and vegetables up to eight to 10 months past their expiration date," National TASC LLC co-founder and medical practitioner Rachel Scott told Best Life.


Want an omelet but are staring at a past date? Good news: The Egg Safety Center says certain cartons may have an expiration date "beyond which the eggs should not be sold, but are still safe to eat."

Cake mix

The Does It Go Bad? website suggests using cake mix a year or two after expiration. "All you need is to add some baking powder or baking soda to make up for the raising agent that lost its potency," says the site.

Canned good

All those shelf-stable items in your pantry for years? They're safe. The USDA says most shelf-stable goods are safe forever. Well-maintained cans will endure for years, they say. (Check for corrosion, dents, swelling).

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