2014.06.04【英译中】“最佳使用期限”是真的吗?

Janice1228 (nawa1228) 路人甲
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发表于:2014-06-04 18:01 [只看楼主] [划词开启]
IS IT REALLY ‘BEST BY’?
“最佳使用期限”是真的吗?

Best by and sell by dates are just suggestions
最佳使用期限和保质期都仅仅是建议而已

Every month or so, my husband and I will go through our fridge and pantry to weed out expired food and leftovers that won’t make the cut to be reinvented into a new meal. At the same time, we take a quick inventory of what we have and perhaps reposition some items to the front of the line as a reminder to not eat out because there is something for dinner. Stale bread turns into croutons and limp veggies get thrown into vegetable stock.
大约每个月,我和老公都会清理冰箱和食品储藏室,把过期的食物和不能重新利用的剩菜剩饭清理掉。同时,我们也会迅速针对已有的食物做一个清单,把一些食物的位置调整到前排,这样就可以提醒我们有食物做晚饭,不要出去吃饭啦。陈面包可以做成烤面包块,蔫了的蔬菜可以做成蔬菜汤。

The first time my husband and I journeyed through this process together, we debated over the best-by dates on some of the items such as yogurt and eggs which were a couple of days past due. “What do you think,” I ask my husband with the Chobani in hand. “That date’s just a suggestion,” he says, “just as long as there’s no mold.”
第一次我和老公一起清理冰箱和食物储藏室的食物时,我们两个就一些食物的最佳使用期限争论不休,比如刚过期几天的酸奶和鸡蛋。我手里拿着 Chobani 问老公:“你觉得呢?”。他说“这个日期仅仅是个建议,”“只要没发霉就都没事”。

I took his word for it. After all, he is a well-educated culinary professional who has 14 years more eating experience than I do. But this got me thinking, what’s the point of all these dates? Are these food companies guesstimating these time frames? On that note, explain to me how formula lasts forever, but when mixed with water can only be unrefrigerated for no more than two hours. While I do not agree with this, I adhere to what the label reads otherwise I feel like a bad mother.
我相信他说的话。毕竟,他是一名受过良好教育的专业厨子,在吃这方面,他可比我多出 14 年的经验呐。但是这件事启发我开始思考,这些所谓的日期到底有什么意义?食品公司用来推测食物的时间限制吗?基于此,但是当食物与水混合在一起时就可以超过两个小时不冷藏,请给我解释一下这个公式到底是怎么运算的(我能说这句话我没看懂吗?她要说什么啊!)。(这是食品公司猜测的时间期限么?这么说的话,请给我解释一下为什么婴儿食品保质期无限长但一与水混合后,不放进冰箱里两个小时后就坏了呢?)我没法儿同意这个观点,我拥护食物标签上的说明,否则我就会觉得自己不是一个称职的妈妈。

When I Googled “how much food does the average family throw” a paper from the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) titled, “Wasted: How America Is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill” popped up. It states that the average American family throws out 25% of the food and beverages they buy. For a family of four this averages about $1,365 to $2,275 annually, basically a family vacation. According to the NRDC there is “Confusion over label dates. Label dates on food are generally not regulated and do not indicate food safety.”
当我谷歌到美国自然资源保护委员会(NRDC)发表的一篇名为“一个普通的家庭会扔掉多少食物”的报道时,弹出另外一则消息“浪费:从农场到餐桌再到垃圾堆,美国人是怎样损失了 40% 的食物”。消息阐述的是,美国家庭平均会扔掉 25% 他们购买的食物和饮料。对一个四口之家来说,每年相当于浪费了 1,365 到 2,275 美金,基本上是一次家庭旅行的花费。NRDC 还有一篇文章名为“标签上的日期带给我们的困惑。食物上的标签日期通常不规范,而且也并不反应食物安全。”

So the next time you’re about to toss something out, think twice about that best-by date.  It may not be the best, but it may just be good enough.

所以下次当你准备扔东西的时候,认真想一想最佳使用期限。使用期限可能不再是最佳,但是完全可以正常使用。



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