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Old Jan 9th 2021, 11:44 pm
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Originally Posted by christmasoompa
I'd eat it quite happily. But I completely ignore use by dates etc, so perhaps not the best person to ask.

If you're worried you could turn it in to a pasta sauce or use it in a soup so it's heated first?
Normally I'm fairly flexible with use by dates too, but somehow it being already mouldy cheese I thought it might be different. Anyway, thanks for the comment, perhaps I'll give it a nibble.
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I'd eat it quite happily. But I completely ignore use by dates etc, so perhaps not the best person to ask.

If you're worried you could turn it in to a pasta sauce or use it in a soup so it's heated first?
I’m the same. If it look OK, smells OK, tastes OK...it is OK.

IMO manufactures use sell by dates to increase sales.
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Package of Roquefort (sealed) in the fridge. I assumed it lasted forever, but it turns out use by October. Still ok? Or is blue cheese asking for trouble?

I do not have a GI system made of steel so I probably wouldn't eat it, but everyone's body is different.

For packaged processed foods I am more flexible with best by dates, something like cereal if still sealed is fairly low risk of anything. I am more wary of anything needing to be kept in the fridge though. My wife will drink milk past the best by, never know how she does it, she says it smell's fine, but my nose and tongue tell me otherwise, heck I rarely get past 1/2 the container before I start to no longer find it acceptable taste and smell wise, but then everyone always telling me I smell things they don't notice, so maybe I pick up smells better than she does, she has never gotten sick, but eh if taste or smells funny to me, I don't care if its safe still, it smells and tastes funny....
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Old Jan 10th 2021, 9:38 am
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I cooked the Marc Angelo seasoned pork roast last night and I'm not impressed. The pork is good, the bacon is good, but that seasoning or marinade it's bagged with isn't something I'd get again.
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I wasn't a fan of the seasoning either, the pork itself came out nice, but the seasoning wasn't something I'd say I would want again.
We had ours today, the Hawaiian version. I liked it but the others didn't. Quite small so I padded it out with a stove top microwaved stuffing with added cranberries.
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Old Jan 10th 2021, 9:40 am
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I do not have a GI system made of steel so I probably wouldn't eat it, but everyone's body is different.

For packaged processed foods I am more flexible with best by dates, something like cereal if still sealed is fairly low risk of anything. I am more wary of anything needing to be kept in the fridge though. My wife will drink milk past the best by, never know how she does it, she says it smell's fine, but my nose and tongue tell me otherwise, heck I rarely get past 1/2 the container before I start to no longer find it acceptable taste and smell wise, but then everyone always telling me I smell things they don't notice, so maybe I pick up smells better than she does, she has never gotten sick, but eh if taste or smells funny to me, I don't care if its safe still, it smells and tastes funny....
I seem to have a titanium GI so I often push the so called envelope. Tucked into the Roquefort an hour ago and so far no problem. It's +3 months on the Use By (which is more serious than the Sell By) but smelt ok (well, it's Roquefort so hard to tell!) and tasted non-acidic. If I stop posting, you'll know what happened.
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Edit: I couldn't find the Scottish Cheddar on the Superstore Canada website, but their other Bradbury's cheeses are all $6.98/100g.
I thought you had jinxed me as they didn’t have it in my usual Superstore today , but I found it in the next nearest one . Cheese crisis averted.
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The Instacart Experience - updated

Not perfect but pretty good, still, and when they don't get it right they put it right very quickly.

It's increasingly obvious they don't pay as much attention to alternative choices or refund requests as they used to when the store doesn't have the item ordered.
99% of items on my orders have a second choice or refund. I also use the 'instructions' feature to say things like "only this brand" or "only this flavour"

But then I'll get a message "they don't have the Gumbo soup" for example and sometimes there might be a photo of an empty shelf as if I'm not going to believe them without the proof.
So I'm like "well I did select an alternative" and then after checking what it was I message that so they get the second choice. But this is the worst thing about the Instacart experience; to increase my chances of getting a second choice or not paying for something I don't want, I have to stay "with" them for the duration of the shop,, which can be a couple of hours o more because they are likely including someone else too. And it's a bit soul destroying sitting at a laptop for over two hours waiting for the screen to update. Sometimes 40 minutes can pass between items.

Minor things I generally let pass like if it's wrong but we can still make use of it, that's okay. Or if those tins of soup are $3 each but $8 for 4 and despite my alternative choices allowing for any of 4 kinds, I only get one of two kinds, so pay $6 for 2 I wouldn't bother too much.
That happened today but my order included 9 bottles of diet pepsi (3 for $5) - "refund if they don't have it" and the guy delivered regular pepsi.

Of the four of us only my stepson can drink it.

They'd sorted out the refund within 40 minutes of me raising it.
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I've started with Voila instead of Instacart, for some of my groceries.. the delivery comes direct from the warehouse and updates constantly so you can see what is in stock.. all for a $7.99 delivery charge (no tips). They are a bit more expensive for groceries but do have lots of 'on offer and 'flash sales' which help, as do the discounts offered on a regular basis - either a $10 voucher or free delivery. Their customer service is exemplary.

I got put off Instacart when they wanted to charge me $38 for a turkey that the store had on offer for $13. -and not just one store, all of them.
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And it's a bit soul destroying sitting at a laptop for over two hours waiting for the screen to update.
We should talk again about getting an SSD and switching to Linux.


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I've started with Voila instead of Instacart, for some of my groceries.. the delivery comes direct from the warehouse and updates constantly so you can see what is in stock.. all for a $7.99 delivery charge (no tips). They are a bit more expensive for groceries but do have lots of 'on offer and 'flash sales' which help, as do the discounts offered on a regular basis - either a $10 voucher or free delivery. Their customer service is exemplary.

I got put off Instacart when they wanted to charge me $38 for a turkey that the store had on offer for $13. -and not just one store, all of them.
I wish we had an alternative in BC, its either IC or Save On not really any other options, but Save On prices are insane, and IC with higher prices and tips just don't make it worthwhile once all the costs rare accounted for.
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I got put off Instacart when they wanted to charge me $38 for a turkey that the store had on offer for $13. -and not just one store, all of them.
Oh that's definitely a pain. Usually in Superstore here and it does seem to be meat more so than any other stuff. There's beef in the flyer for $3/lb and it's $8/lb with IC

It's much better with Walmart where the prices are much more likely to match the flyer offers. Sometimes it's the other way around. For Walmart, the IC site has a 'Sales' section with really good prices. 50c for a Baxter's soup - sadly not the Lobster Bisque one and they are often less than the store prices.
Every now and then the store receipt gets left in our shopping and I can see the amounts are more than in my Instacart receipt.

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Dear shopper. Today I'm on my state of the art computer with the fastest operating system known to mankind with a warp speed drive and a really fast browser. I expect my shopping to be completed in record time.

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This huge slab of corned beef was on flashfood for $20, reg $95. I think if I make a nice fat sandwich and then cut the rest into about 4 pieces I can fit it into the freezing compartment...

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Walmart selling Fresh Boneless Pork Loin Sirloin for $1.77/lb. Almost two-thirds off.
Same price on Instacart too. Yay.

The slab just delivered was $15. Cut up it makes two roasts (for 4), steaks for 4 and the rest has been diced ready for curry or whatever rice dish for 4 and a couple of lunches.

Amazing value.
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For eggs always check the price per egg, bigger packs are not necessarily the best value.

Wal-Mart

12 count is 27 cents per egg
18 count is 31 cents per egg
30 pack is 27 cents per egg

The 18 back isn't such a great deal per egg.

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I go grocery shopping about once a week, mainly for fresh produce because I prefer to choose my own. Early morning seems to be a good time to shop around here, only a couple of people in the supermarket.
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