Yesterday I bought some Boar's Head hot dogs that have an expiration (sell by) date of Sept 01. Does the flavor or texture of the dogs change much from a fresh pkg to one that is closer to the sell by date?
Not to most people--which is related to how they decided what the sell by date should be. Whether you can tell a difference, I can't answer for you.
I think you'll be satisfied with the product still.
On a related note, MREs for the military are rated at having a storage life of 10 years at 70 degrees. Less if a higher temp, more if lower. The meal is still nutritious and safe, but most people wouldn't eat it anymore as texture and flavor have suffered too much.
Commercial food service hot dogs must be frozen 14 days from their production date. They can be frozen during that two week window for at least six months and must be used immediately after thawing. Retail hot dogs can also be frozen to extend their life. When I purchase Boar's Head natural casings, they immediately go into the freezer. Freeze them immediately or prior to their sell date to extend freshness. Freezing a Boar's Head hot dog will not change it's flavor or texture.
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MRE are edible? I thought the acronym stood for "may require extermination".
My West Point Junior had me pick up MRE's at the commicery so that he could get used to them prior to heading off to the point. Gross. just gross.
No, I didn't let the store know as I didn't realize that the package was close to the sell-by date until I got it home and opened the wrapper. Anyway, the dogs were still within the sell-by date, so what's the big deal, It's not as though the dogs were a month past date.
I will, however, check more carefully the next time.