2014.07.09【英译中】最佳使用期限真是那么回事吗?

发表于:2014-07-09 10:48 [只看楼主] [划词开启]

IS IT REALLY ‘BEST BY’?

最佳使用期限真是那么回事吗?

Best by and sell by dates are just suggestions

最佳使用期限和出售期只是建议

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.

大概每过一个月,我和丈夫就要一起整理冰箱和食品柜,扔掉已经过期的食品和不能再用于做饭的剩余食材。同时,我们会快速清点还剩下的食品,可能还会将某些食品摆放到前排,以便提醒我们家里还有食材,不用出去吃饭。不新鲜的面包可以做成油炸面包丁,枯萎的蔬菜可以成为蔬菜汤料。

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.”

我们第一次清理食品的时候,就一些食品如酸奶和鸡蛋的最佳使用期限争论了一下,因为它们已经过期几天的。我拿着乔巴尼酸奶问他:“你对这个日期怎么看?”。他说:“那个日期只是个建议,只要不长霉都可以吃。”

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.

我觉得他说的应该是对的。毕竟,他是受过良好教育的烹饪专业人士,而且进食经验也比我多出14年。但这引起了我的思考:这些日期的用意到底是什么?难道是食品公司胡乱编造出来的?关于这一点,他向我解释怎样使食物长期保存,但是当食物遇到水后,如果不冷藏,保存时间就不会超过两个小时。尽管如此,我还是不同意这种说法,我坚持遵照标注的日期做,否则就会觉得自己是个不称职的妈妈。

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.”

当我在谷哥上搜索“普通家庭要扔掉多少食物”时,跳出了美国自然资源保护委员会(NRDC)的一篇文章,标题为“浪费:美国如何在农场-餐桌-垃圾堆的过程中损失高达40%的食物”。文章称,平均算来,美国家庭要丢弃他们所购食品饮料的四分之一。对于一个四口之家来说,每年大约浪费每年13652275美元,相当于一个家庭的度假费用。NRDC的文章称“标签日期较为混乱。食品的标注日期通常不太规范,不能代表食品安全。”

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. 

因此,下次你准备丢掉食物时,请重新考虑最佳使用期限的意义。过期食品可能不是最新鲜的状态了,但它可能还是可以吃的。


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