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I bought cream cheese (Milkana), didn't use it, and I found out it already expired on 5 August 2013 (over a month ago).

Taste and smell are still good. Can I use it for baking?

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Is that an expiration date or a "best by" date? –  baka Sep 10 '13 at 20:01

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Taste and smell are good indicators, and most companies take a very safe approach with labeling, and are quite conservative in their estimation of expiration. Dairy products tend to spoil in a manner that isn't stealthy (no sneaky botulism*). I might eat it, if I was really in the mood for cream cheese.

But you have to ask yourself, "Do I feel lucky?"

Well, do ya, punk?

*Probably. There have been scares, but the incidence of botulism in dairy products is vanishingly small. Dairy comes with its own suite of microfauna that outcompetes nearly all other types of bacteria.

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This does not add anything useful that has already been said. The only original thing is the Dirty Harry quote. –  Young Guilo Sep 10 '13 at 17:57
@young guilo: The same can be said for the question itself. –  Satanicpuppy Sep 10 '13 at 17:59
@YoungGuilo It's totally fair game for people to post roughly equivalent answers around the same time. The answers aren't all exactly the same, and voting will allow the most helpful, best-written one to float to the top, regardless of whether one of the people saw the question 8 minutes before another. Usually this means we end up with a better answer than we'd have gotten if everyone just saw the first one and ignored the question. But in this case... it's not even the same as the other answers, for example yours, which provides dangerous advice! –  Jefromi Sep 10 '13 at 18:37
+1 for gratuitous 70s movie references. –  SAJ14SAJ Sep 10 '13 at 19:51

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