Best Buy Dates.... Cure #1

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HowlingDog

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So I just ordered a pound of Cure #1 from Amazon and delivered today (in less than 24 hours). It has a best by date on it of 2024. I pulled out the old package of cure that I have had at least 4 years and the best by on that one is Nov 2023..... Makes me wonder if they "adjusted" their best by dates to be a little sooner.

I generally follow best by dates, but the more I read about them, the products seem to be good for months or years beyond the stated date. I know it is a CYA for the company but does salt and nitrite really go bad?? I have had canned food many months past the best by date and I am still around.... (and sadly, still a little too round).
 

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I have some cure 2 that is at least 20 years old. Not an answer to your question , but I have no concerns . Just cured a coppa with it .
 

JckDanls 07

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I believe it's just to get you to buy more sooner... Since most buy bulk it's years before needing more since you only use small amounts at a time ...
 
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HowlingDog

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Thx. Kinda figured that it would last for a long time. Like hog casings, my Mom stored them in salt in the fridge for years. Now a days they are labeled "best if used in 6 months"....
 

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How ironic ... My brother... who doesn't read the forums or even smoke food... Sent me this... Just as we are discussing Best Buy dates here...

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HowlingDog

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Saved. Thanks. Interesting that spices are "good" for 2-4 years as I have heard they lose a little flavor over time.

Uh, I do not think I have even had cookies last beyond the weekend.....
 

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