Many people get confused by the dates printed on food packaging. Some wouldn’t touch food even a day past the expiry date listed, while others are comfortable to eat it well after.
Knowing the difference between ‘use by’ and ‘best before’ is important in reducing food waste. ‘Use by’ is an instruction and refers to the safety of the food. You should not eat food after its ‘use by’ date. The ‘best before’ date is a guideline which refers to quality. It is safe to eat food after its ‘best before’ date, providing you use your senses to check that it is okay.
Dairy products are a food group that Kiwis can be overly cautious about when it comes to expiry dates. This results in us throwing away 8426 tonnes of dairy products every year.
Dairy products are likely to show signs of spoiling, so it should be easy to know when they have gone off. Use your senses to check for lumps in your milk, a sour smell, unusual texture or mould. If any of these are present, discard the product.
This yoghurt pizza is a fun way to use up any kind of yoghurt which is getting past its best.
Fruit Yoghurt Pizza
150g yoghurt (any flavour – 150g is one small pottle)
1 cup self-raising flour (1.5 pottles) plus extra for rolling
½ cup custard or jam
Your choice of toppings: eg coconut, chocolate chips, berries, banana, sliced fruit, cinnamon, marshmallows, Nutella, peanut butter.
Preheat the oven to 200°C. Empty the yoghurt into a medium-sized bowl. Using the yoghurt pottle as a measuring cup, tip one and a half pottles of self-raising flour into the yoghurt. Mix the yoghurt and flour well until it forms a ball.
Turn the mixture out onto a clean, floured surface and knead for five minutes until the dough feels elastic. Add flour to the surface as needed to keep the dough from sticking. Roll out dough to half a centimetre thick and place the base on a baking tray. Spread the custard or jam over the base and add your toppings.
Bake until the base is cooked (approximately 20–30 minutes depending on your oven).