John C. Kirk (johnckirk) wrote,
John C. Kirk
johnckirk

FQM

Back in my scouting days, I was FQM (Food Quartermaster) for our patrol, which involved keeping track of our supplies when we were on camp. Following that tradition, I've been delving through my cupboards and trying to work out what's safe to eat. My general theory is that "best before" is a guideline whereas "use by" is a rule. On the other hand, I assume that "best before" does have certain limits. (Bear in mind that I can't do a sniff test to tell whether things have gone off.) So, what do the rest of you think about these various items?

Poll #1060531 Safe to eat on 24th September 2007

Marmite - best before July 2006

Yes
7(77.8%)
No
2(22.2%)

Squeezy Marmite - best before April 2007

Yes
8(88.9%)
No
1(11.1%)

Ready to mix flapjacks (with Lyle's Golden Syrup) - best before April 2007

Yes
7(87.5%)
No
1(12.5%)

Macaroni - best before April 2007

Yes
7(87.5%)
No
1(12.5%)

Fast action dried yeast (for breadmaker) - best before May 2007

Yes
6(75.0%)
No
2(25.0%)

Philadelphia cream cheese - best before 20th September 2007

Yes
7(77.8%)
No
2(22.2%)


I brought the Squeezy Marmite back home after my holiday to Cornwall last year, but I wanted to finish up the old jar first (nearly there!), which is why they're both past their dates. (A bit like the latest Nemi strip, from September 21.) The non-squeezy Marmite still tastes ok, so I assume the other one will be ok too. I've replaced the yeast, macaroni, and cheese. I'm not sure about the flapjack mix, mainly because I haven't tried it out yet.

I suppose the moral of this story is that I should take inventory more frequently. Still, I think I'm ok as long none of the food is older than I am.
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