Iím a little confused with the new expiration labels. Packages used to have an expiration date on them like, ďexpires 04-15-07.Ē There was no beating around the bush. If you ate that can of corn on 04-16-07, you might possibly die! When we say something expires, we mean thatís it; it ended. Our library cards expire, drivers licenses expire, magazine subscriptions expire, and I want to know when that can of beans expired.
Now I notice that packages say, ďbest when used by 04-15-07.Ē That isnít really what I want to know. I want to know when it expired; when itís going to make me sick or kill me, not when itís best. I guess I want to know when itís ďWorst,Ē not ďBest!Ē Maybe itís a way for the food companies to lower their liability in case someone eats their food and gets sick. They can just say that it would have been better if he would have eaten that before the ďbest byĒ date. No kidding!
If I forget to renew my driverís license, and get pulled over by the cops, they arenít going to say, ďOh, by the way; that license was best if used by 03-15-11.Ē They are going to give me a ticket for driving with an expired driverís license!
Come to think of it, it would be nice if we had an expiration date. We have a ďBest if used by,Ē date; I think mine was in the Ď70ís sometime. But it would be handy to know when we will expire. Really I think there is a date, but we donít have access to it.
Youíve probably guessed why Iím addressing this subject now, eh? Yes, Iíve been working on cleaning out the pantry of the some of the food that we bought on good deals. I look at the expiration date, if itís too far back, or I donít like it anyway, I reluctantly toss it. Otherwise I try it. Thereís a limit that I have; nothing before 2000; although I fixed some pudding mix from 1994 that was in the freezer. I met my downfall with a can of beans. I donít remember the date, but I believe in was on the 2005 shelf. They tasted OK, but about two hours later I got that funny feeling in my stomach and started running.
I think it depends on what it is, too. Pasta seems to survive OK in the freezer. I have a couple bags of flour in the freezer too, but I donít want to spend a couple of eggs and hours making cookies with it if it could be bad. The flour might not be bad itself, but it could have that freezer smell. It would kind of be like that protective ice coating we get on stuff in the freezer too long.
Does that empty feeling ever go away after youíve lost a long time mate? I donít think so; how about you?
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