Approved Food

Do you understand the difference between “best before” and “use by” when it comes to food labels??

“The average household in the UK wastes £470 a year, rising to £700 for a family with children (or £60 a month) l

Less than half the EU understands the meaning of ‘best before’ and 60% are unclear on what ‘use by’ means”

Approved food sell many discounted food items, which cost much less than if found in a supermarket. Some of the items sold are close to or past the “Best before” date. This does not mean the items are off or no good to eat and it is totally different to the “use by” date.

“The best before date is the manufacturers estimate of when the premium quality of its product may start to deteriorate and isn’t when food should be discarded.”Best before dates appear on a wide range of dried, tinned and other foods.”

“Use by dates refer to safety and you will see on food that goes off quickly, such as fish, meat products and ready-prepared salads. Approved Food doesn’t sell any food that has a use by date.” 

Food past the use by date is no good to eat and can be dangerous.

I was given a voucher to spend online at Approved foods and I was pleasantly surprised at just how much I could get. There are many deals on and the more you buy of certain items, the cheaper it gets. 

Approved food sell lots of cupboard type items such as tin foods, pasta, noodles etc but also lots of sweet stuff such as chocolate and sweets, also drinks including cans of pop and even alcohol and many of the items are well know brands too. They also have other items such as cleaning products and health and beauty, these items don’t really go off as such so do not seem as discounted as the food products, but if your wanting to do a big shop then it’s handy that they sell them. 

Here is what I managed to buy!

Every single item in the pictures above was purchased from Approved food. The total of all the items came to just £20.45. It would of been much more had I gone out and purchased it all from shops. 

By far the best deal was the box of Monty Bojangles Orange truffles which cost just 1p, yes just one penny, I had to look a few times myself to make sure I was not seeing things. The best before date on these chocolates was February 2016 but they still tasted just as good as they normally do (I buy them a lot). 

I ordered a few Christmas type chocolates which were probably left over stock from last Christmas but again they tastes just as good. 

Each item purchased at Approved food shows online the best before dates so you can make your own choice on whether to buy them. Some of their products are still within the best before date by months.

The cans of lemonade were on a good deal for 10 for £1. The best before is last August but again no difference in taste and I happily gave them my kids too in the warm weather. 

I think Approved food is a great idea especially when so many people are struggling to make ends meet. I am already in the process of placing another order and just to prove how cheap this place is, I will leave you my receipt to browse over. Postage is £5.99.

Just one more thing, the deals on Approved food go very quickly so if you see a few things you want then do not hang around or someone else will buy them. 

1 Comment

  1. Spencer Broadley
    June 7, 2016 / 10:18

    I know the difference between sell by/use by/ best before dates, but I have 2 rules
    1. If for children go by “use by”
    2. If for adults, look at it and smell it – if it seems OK then generally any possible bad bacteria will be killed off in cooking

    That is just how we do things, and have had no illness from those rules related to food in our home.

    On the same note, I remember an interview with a cottage cheese supplier. Apparently one supermarket said it had to have a 1 month use-by date, a 2nd stipulated 3 months – the supplier also sold independent and said it was fine 6+ months!!!

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