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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 03: Jars of Skippy peanut butter are displayed on a shelf at Cal Mart grocery store on January 3, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Hormel, the maker of Spam, announced that it will purchase the Skippy peanut butter brand from Unilever for $700 million in cash. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Nothing feels worse than throwing something in the trash that you didn’t even open. It’s a waste of food, waste of money, and it might be a waste of time depending on what you’ve been throwing away. Spoiled Alert:Expiration dates aren’t always accurate. In fact, there are plenty of things you can safely eat well past what’s written on the can or sticker. Assuming they look and smell normal, here’s some examples:

  • Bread. If your bread smells sour or spoiled, don’t eat it. But if it’s just a little stale, it’s still perfect for French toast for breakfast, or to make up some homemade croutons.
  • Cereal. If you’ve been storing your cereal in a cool, dry spot, you’re probably good to eat it even months after the sell-by date. Although, dietician Sharon Palmer does warn that cereals with more fat content – like nuts and oils – tend to go bad more quickly.
  • Cheese. If that cheese in your drawer isn’t super soft and doesn’t have a stank on it, you’ve got the green light to cut off the mold and go to town. In fact, New York cheesemonger Rachel Freier says semi-hard and semi-soft cheeses can stay good two to four weeks past the expiration date. She does add to be weary of soft and high-moisture cheeses though. Looking at you Mozzarella and Cottage.
  • Pasta. Even though it’s probably been sitting in your pantry since you moved in, dry pasta supposedly has a one-to-two-year shelf life. But don’t let the date on the box scare you. If your spaghetti has 2017 on it, you’re probably fine because experts say it actually keeps for around three years.
  • Honey. It like never goes bad. Seriously, there’s science behind it.

That only names a few of the things you’ve been throwing away too early. Check out the full list of food you can eat past expiration HERE.