You may notice on some items it states:
“Sell Before This Date” or “Best Used Before This Date” or even, “Expiration Date”. There is a difference.
“Sell Before” is mainly for vendors. This way they know when to rotate items from the shelves. These items may still be good for up to 1 month; it’s best to check with the manufacturer.
“Best If Used By” means that in order to get 100% of the product’s flavor, texture, and freshness; you should use by that date. It doesn’t mean that the item will go bad; it just won’t be as good. If you have items such as flour, sugar, yeast, baking soda or baking salt; I recommend not using them for baking. You may not get the results you are looking for.
“Expiration Date” means to get rid of it! No ifs, ands, or buts!