This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
I was looking for something to make for dinner and found this Rice A Roni in my pantry. I’d had it for a while and it was well past the “Best By” date, in this case, 10/2009. How did this get past me? I thought, “Hmmm. Should I or shouldn’t I?” So I did some research on the internet about “Best by” dates.
Technically, the item was not expired, it was past its “Best By” date. This means the product is past its prime, and may have lost some flavor, texture or appearance. I opened it, examined the contents and the rice/noodle mix looked fine. The spice pack looked okay but had hardened a bit. I cooked it according to the instructions. When I mixed the spice pack with the rice and water, it dissolved quickly. When it was cooked, I tasted the rice and found it was tasty as ever. So I ate it anyway.
I don’t recommend eating expired food, and I don’t want anyone getting sick from eating a food that had gone bad.
- If it was a true “Expiration Date” I would not have eaten it.
- Fresh food such as meat, fish, dairy, cold cuts should be thrown out after they reach their dates.
- Expired canned food that have dents, bulges or rust should be thrown out.
- Don’t give young children, elderly or anyone with a compromised immune system anything past their best by or expiration dates.
- Here is a link to the USDA website on Food Product Dating: It had a lot of good information. Food Product Dating
- I need to be more vigilant about watching those expiration dates.
- I marked all my canned food with a sharpie so the dates are now more visible. I will mark the boxed goods as well.
- I will place the foods with upcoming expiration dates in front of the shelf within easy reach.
- If in doubt, throw it out.
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