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I shall fear no weevils! - John C. Kirk

Jan. 24th, 2009

07:57 pm - I shall fear no weevils!

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I've been digging through my cupboards, and found various food items that have gone past their "Best before" date, so I'm wondering whether I should chuck them away. On the one hand, this just sounds like a recommendation, as opposed to "Use by" (which sounds like an order). On the other hand, if I've missed the deadline by two years then that seems a bit excessive. So, time to seek the wisdom of the Hivemind with a poll:

Poll #1336871 Safe to eat on 24th January 2009

Plain flour (B/B Jan 2007)

Yes
5(83.3%)
No
1(16.7%)

Plain flour (B/B Apr 2007)

Yes
5(83.3%)
No
1(16.7%)

Mincemeat (B/B Apr 2008)

Yes
4(66.7%)
No
2(33.3%)

Mincemeat (B/B May 2008)

Yes
4(66.7%)
No
2(33.3%)

Angel Delight (B/B Apr 2008)

Yes
5(83.3%)
No
1(16.7%)

Breadcrumbs (B/B Nov 2007)

Yes
2(33.3%)
No
4(66.7%)

Breadcrumbs (B/B May 2008)

Yes
4(66.7%)
No
2(33.3%)

Oxo cubes (B/B May 2008)

Yes
4(66.7%)
No
2(33.3%)

Nuts and raisins (B/B Oct 2008)

Yes
6(100.0%)
No
0(0.0%)

Honey (B/B Sep 2007)

Yes
5(83.3%)
No
1(16.7%)

Honey (B/B end 2008)

Yes
6(100.0%)
No
0(0.0%)


I did a similar exercise in September 2007, so I'm not sure why I didn't notice the flour at that point (since it was already overdue). I also have some yeast (B/B Oct 2008), and the general advice last time was "It won't do any harm, but it probably won't make bread rise either", so I'll chuck that away.

The mincemeat is the type you use in mince pies (left over from the Pie Off in August 2006), not actual meat.

The honey from Sep 2007 is supposed to be the clear type, but it's crystallised so it's probably not going to taste very good. The one from "end 2008" should be ok, since I've only just missed the deadline and haven't opened the jar yet. I also have another jar without a date; that's the solid kind, so hopefully it will be a bit more resilient.

I've eaten some of the nuts and raisins recently, and they seem ok, although they're a bit dry.

As a related issue, I have a few bags of sugar without any dates on them, so I'm assuming that it never goes off; does that sound reasonable?

Comments:

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From:sammoore
Date:January 24th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
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Put the jar of crystallised honey into a pot of hot water and it should turn clear again. It should still taste nice.

Sam
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From:johnckirk
Date:March 3rd, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the tip - I tried that, and it worked well.
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From:elvum
Date:January 25th, 2009 12:22 pm (UTC)
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I'd be happy to eat any of those things provided that there weren't any visible signs of spoilage (weevils or mould). I would probably bin the stock cubes though on the grounds that the flavour might have deteriorated. The sugar will be fine if it hasn't got wet.
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From:pozorvlak
Date:January 25th, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
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Sugar is a preservative, so yes, it's reasonable to assume it hasn't gone off :-)
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From:terpsichore1980
Date:January 25th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
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Presumably the breadcrumbs are the dried, storecupboard type, not the frozen type?
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From:johnckirk
Date:January 25th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
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Yes, that's right.
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From:shuripentu
Date:January 25th, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
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"Is this still safe to eat?" isn't the only question I'd ask myself; there's also "is this still worth the cupboard space it's taking up?"
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