When my three year old tells me, “Baba, I hungry” my pride goes out the window. You have a bag of rice two months past the sell-by date? Thank you, I’ll be grateful. When I was in another place in life, I looked for the freshest food on the shelf, but I still knew that sell-by dates are just marketing ploys to keep the merchandise turning as fast as possible. Too many people empty their cabinets if their canned ravioli is a day past the sell-by date, as if ptomaine had just entered the can overnight. That’s how stores sell merchandise. That hole in the cabinet has to be filled with another can.


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