By Anonymous - 19/12/2013 22:49 - Australia - Kensington
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Canned food is good for a long time after the expiration date. Just sayin'. Manufactures print the "best by" date, but that doesn't mean it's spoiled even months later.
When I did "crank duty" we opened a can of corn that had a date of 2000 on them in the year 2006. Of course the military does feed it's enlisted men worse than prisons feed inmates. In the end it really doesn't matter, canned food almost never seems to "spoil" unless the can is punctured somehow.
22, I think she meant that for 17 years ( perhaps as long as the OP has been alive) her mom has been cooking with expired food, as in her mom has always cooked expired food for her. I don't think she means the food has been expired for over 17 years. In my opinion atleast.
"Food poisoning" is a genetic term for any food-born illness, not all of which are short-suffered. E coli, salmonella, and botchulism can last more than a week. They can be deadly, too. The way to tell if food is bad is by the senses, not the date. A small taste works best, but smelling it is close enough.
Expiration dates are a legal retirement even on products like honey which has been found in tombs perfectly fine after thousands of years. A lot of people don't realize there are two categories of expiration dates and they are quite different, use by, and best before, use by is on highly perishable items such as meat milk etc and is a good one to stick by (though usually a few extra days won't hurt) best before is found on items that don't perish easily such as canned goods spices, crackers etc. All a best before date means is the company don't guarantee the same level of freshness or quality after this date. Products marked with this unless contaminated in some way are perfectly fine after this date and often will be for years after the date.
When my grandparents were renovating their old flat that they've lived in for over 40 years and inherited from my grandpa's father, they found a stash of canned food under the bathtub. Of course the cans were all warped because of the heat of the bath, but they were still relatively intact. Apparently my great grandfather had been saving supplies in case of an attack during the second world war and then I guess forgotten about it, so the stash had stayed there since. My grandparents decided to open the cans and noticed that most of them seemes fine, so they ate two as a kind of symbolic "war is over" action, and then threw out the rest. They felt fine, but the next day their neighbour came over and blamed them for his entire family getting sick; he had found the dozens of cans in their trash and decided it's better to eat what's there than to buy new food for his own money. I guess he never stopped to check the date on the cans or wonder why the cans were in the trash in the first place..
93, that's kinda funny, since the neighbour actually committed theft by taking those cans. So, theoretically, your grandparents could've pressed charges, since their trash is legally their property until the agreed-upon partner, the trash truck, takes it over. Not that it'd be neccessary to press charges in this case, though, since the neighbours obviously got their karmic retribution already.
Unless OP's Mom has been buying food within the expiration date and storing it long enough for it to go past the expiration date I doubt she has had very much food that had expired. Stores are usually good about getting those off the shelf. Even then, canned food is still good long after their "best used before" date.
For #31: As a young 2Lt who was a little short on discipline, I had lots of opportunity on weekend duty to eat in the Jr. ranks mess (the duty officer has to inspect all the messes). I assure, that in Canada at least, the Jr. ranks get much better food than the officers in terms of quality. Yes, presentation may lack (officers get waiters, ranks get a slop line), and the mess isn't as nicely furnished, but the food is better. It was the highlight of the weekend to eat in the Jr. ranks mess. The reason I came up with for this is that in the officers mess, if the food was shite, someone might right a strongly worded memo. In the Jr. ranks mess, if the food was shite, they'd probably gang up and burn the building down while running the cook out on a rail.
"Most cases of food poisoning are mild and clear up on their own within 4 - 7 days." Source: Food poisoning | University of Maryland Medical Center http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/condition/food-poisoning#ixzz2oO3kiXpO If you thumbed me down because you didn't believe food poisoning lasts a week, I can tell you it lasted a week for my sister. If you thumbed me down because you don't believe canned food really goes bad and to you it's more likely that I'm a liar, well, enjoy your bliss.
Oh i lost that hambrger meat last October! Well guess this is dinner tonight! Yeah. You're screwed
Indeed it doesn't. If it says "best before" that doesn't mean it'll be rotten a day after that date. Or a month. Or even a year. As long as no oxygen touches the food and the packaging stays intact, it shouldn't be possible for the contents to spoil. I know from experience that canned food a year past its "best before" date is still perfectly fine.