Husband and wife dis­agree on when to dis­card milk

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Dear An­nie: My husband and I dis­agree on when to dis­card milk.

Lately, I find that our milk is spoiled by the “sell by” date on the bot­tle. He be­lieves that date is only good as long as the bot­tle re­mains un­opened.

He tells me that once you open the bot­tle, the milk will spoil sooner than the date on the bot­tle, so it should be dis­carded no later than the “sell by” date. What can you tell us about this? — Tired of Toss­ing Milk in Connecticut

Dear Tired of Toss­ing Milk: You and your husband are not alone in this de­bate.

Food re­searchers at Cor­nell have con­ducted stud­ies on the shelf life of milk. It turns out there are a lot of fac­tors. Gen­er­ally, an un­opened car­ton of milk will stay good for seven to 10 days past the “sell by” date, as long as it’s not ex­posed to sun­light.

Once you open it, a car­ton of reg­u­lar milk should stay good for five to seven days (pos­si­bly longer) if stored in a

fridge at 40 F or less. Or­ganic milk tends to take longer to spoil be­cause of the way it’s pro­cessed.

Ul­ti­mately, though, you can’t go wrong by the old adage, ”When in doubt, throw it out.” Bet­ter safe than sick.

Dear An­nie: I want to com­ment on the topic of peo­ple leav­ing their pets be­hind. I live in a small town in western New York.

Ev­ery year, I see cats, kit­tens and pup­pies that have just been tossed out on the side of the road to fend for them­selves. The few that ac­tu­ally sur­vive to make it to a house that won’t turn them away is mi­nus­cule.

I find it ap­palling that peo­ple think this is an OK thing to do. On one oc­ca­sion, dur­ing a par­tic­u­larly bad win­ter, some­one left a 5-month-old puppy tied to a tele­phone pole. The pup would have died had it not been for my other half.

We raised the pup, and she was with us un­til it was her time, 14 years later. We’ve res­cued many cats the same way.

We can­not han­dle ev­ery lit­tle kit­ten, cat, puppy or dog that peo­ple drop off in the coun­try. Those of us in the com­mu­nity who can help do, but peo­ple need to un­der­stand this: Do­mes­tic pets are not able to sur­vive on their own.

Coun­try roads are lit­tered with the bod­ies of these pets.

I live in a small town — with a pop­u­la­tion of fewer than 9,000 peo­ple — yet our lo­cal ve­teri­nar­i­ans come to­gether at least four times a year to of­fer dis­counted spay­ing, neu­ter­ing and shots.

Pay­ment sched­ules can be worked out some­times, and some­times they’ll even waive fees, de­pend­ing on peo­ple’s in­come.

If you want to own a pet, do your­self and the pet a huge fa­vor: Get the lit­tle crit­ter fixed.

Please do not add to the un­wanted pets in the world. — An­i­mal Lover, Small Town, USA Dear An­i­mal Lover: Hear! Hear! The AS­PCA pro­vides a data­base of low­cost spay and neuter clin­ics around the coun­try on its web­site. Go to https://www.as­pca.org and click on the ”Pet Care” sec­tion. Send your ques­tions for An­nie Lane to dear­an­nie@cre­ators.com.

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