So I was planning to make CL's Caramelized-onion lasagna with gorgonzola sauce, which calls for 2 cans of FF evaporated milk. What do you know, I have exactly two in my pantry....why I bought them, I don't really know. I thought I was all set, until for some reason I looked at the bottoms of the cans, and each one said "best by 31 May 2006." Hmm...poured them into a bowl, they smelled fine, consistency seemed fine (as far as I could tell -- not terribly experienced with FF evaporated milk), I'm thinking they're fine, but then I start questioning whether the color is off -- kind of a light yellowish-tan.
I almost posted here this morning to see if anyone had an opinion, then I thought to myself, "sheesh. It is 3 months past -- just dump it and spend a couple of bucks on fresh."
So I bought 2 new cans, poured them into another bowl, and yep...same consistency, same smell, same color. The $2.40 or whatever I spent didn't exactly break the bank, but I just hate wasting food. Am I supposed to assume that "best by" means it will still be just fine in 3 months?? or 6 months?? or a year?? or more?? I've tried to look this up online (admittedly not too hard because it's been a busy day) but everything I've found is quite vague.
Just thought I'd post this because I'm sure someone else here will understand!