Post by MeanderingMollusc on Feb 11, 2020 2:25:00 GMT
The other day I discovered a tin of chickpeas lurking at the back of a cupboard that was Best Before the end of September 2001. Today I opened it and it looked, smelt and tasted absolutely fine - so I made some hummus with it.
Post by MeanderingMollusc on Feb 11, 2020 17:46:31 GMT
The tin was undamaged and not bulging or anything and the hummus was very nice. No upset tums so far either. What is the most after its BB date food that other posters have discovered (or am I alone in my failure to clear out my food cupoards regularly ?) ?
I buy lardons of bacon that come in two separate compartments. I had used one and the remaining part had gone into the back of the fridge and forgotten. Last week I discovered it as I was going to make a spagbol. The date on it was 15 January 20. I opened it, sniffed and thought it smelled fine however, not wishing to poison us, I threw it out and the local Seagulls devoured it. I do wonder if it would have been ok though
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Post by MeanderingMollusc on Feb 18, 2020 1:23:43 GMT
I've been a vegetarian for most of my life so my fear that out of date meat products could harm someone may well be out of proportion as I have no experience of them. I just had a vague idea that they could breed harmful bacteria quite quickly although the trusty sniff test would probably identify any problems I assume ? Having said that I saw a tv prog once where a (rather odd) family put bits of raw meat in a jar the fridge for ages and said that eating them strengthened their immune systems...
I only buy meat from our local butcher, so I know it's as fresh as can be. It hasn't been packed somewhere, shipped elsewhere, sat on a shelf. Sometimes I might have to wait while he cuts it. So I'm quite happy to keep it in the fridge for a some days. If I'm not going to use it at once, I freeze it. But I do find strange objects right in the back if the fridge from time to time. Unidentifiable. Don't eat them.
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I agree that if a tin is split or blown, it should be thrown out. However, if something looks OK, smells OK and tastes OK, we tend to ignore the best before date. I have cooked pasta that was years part its sell by date. It took rather longer to cook, but otherwise it was fine.
We often cook with creme fraiche that is past its use by date.
Apparently these dates on food can lead to a great deal of wastage.
I do tend to throw away spices that are past their best before date, as they lose strength with age - a bit like us really.