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    I have peanut butter that expired in July still sealed - is it okay for us to eat? I also have some that expired in September - still sealed. Are they okay?

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    I would smell or taste them. Rancid peanut butter is pretty obvious.
    And I think it usually is a sell by date, not an expired date.
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    I would eat it but not dwaddle about it once you open it and maybe keep it in the fridge or use it up quick w/ cookies?

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    I just did a search recently for peanut butter. One of the sites
    I used is this one.
    Expiration Dates: Should You Pay Attention? | StillTasty.com - Your Ultimate Shelf Life Guide
    The date on the can or jar is the sell by date, not
    a expiration date. A lot of food is still good past the date.
    PB is good for like 2 years or more.
    I just bought some dated Dec 2012 at a dollar store.
    Didn't scare me at all. I put it in my shopping cart
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    I just opened a jar labeled "March 2012" and it was fine. I still have several jars from back when it was 99c. I keep them in the cellar or the garage (whichever is coolest).
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    You can freeze peanut butter.

    I would certainly see if it passes the sniff test. Most likely it's fine.
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    The older a food is, the more the nutrients have degraded. The taste might also change slightly and texture could be altered. Sadly, the calorie count remains constant. For those reasons alone, I try to avoid older food. But they are generally safe. As others said, unless you see obvious signs of mold or rancidity, your peanut butter is probably safe to eat. Once opened, you might want to store it in the refrigerator.

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    I had some that was about 8 years old once. It was fine. It was a large jar and after being open for a while, I eventually tossed it. It didn't taste quite right, but was fine for a month or so after I had opened it.

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