I regularly shop at a place that sells dry goods that are near, at, or even past (marked with a red tag) expiration date. I've never had an issue with any of those items. I'm more cautious with things that contain oil but they usually smell off when they get too old.
As far as stuff in the fridge, if it smells good and looks good we usually eat it. The one exception to that is things made with eggs (though not eggs themselves). I would be more conservative if we ate things made with meat, especially poultry.
ETA - is it possible your glass container actually had a leftover odor? I often package dry stuff in glass but am very careful about the original contents. For example, pickle and salsa jars get dried veggies I use in stews. Dried apples only go in PB jars.
Baby steps, getting back on track 2015
48 lbs maintained since 6/08
Last edited by CyndiM : 02-06-2010 at 08:13 AM.