Short-dated dairy stories
Went to SDM a few weeks ago and found they were selling 4 l of skim milk (my wife drinks the stuff, I don't) for $0.99 with ~3 days to go. We fully expected it to go off so I was dreaming of cheese and bread recipes. Come 1 week after the BB date, she finished it. She has a much more sensitive nose than I do and the milk definitely was not off (must have been rich in lactose so the sugars still had not been consumer by enzymes).
A local grocery was blowing out a lot of short-dated cream: Pint cartons (473ml?) for $0.99. Was inspired by something I read about not buying mascarpone cheese but making it with cream. Never mind the BB date, just heat it up to a gentle boil, add some acid (lemon juice of vinegar), strain it through cheese cloth and you have a lot more mascarpone for a lot less than what you'd normally pay. A delicious rum-soaked raisin dessert lightened by folding in whipped cream is what I did with it.
You can make paneer with milk that's not low fat (my next project when I see milk cheap - did that with milk that went sour a coupe of years ago).
Have to make bread with the whey now.
I still have Liberté yogurt dated to early December. Like fine wine, it gets better with time.