Post # 1
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
Confession: I eat expired food ALL THE TIME. Yogurt 3 weeks over, chicken sausage 2 weeks old, eggs 2 months old, once I consumed chicken parm I made 9 days prior, pork that sat out all night long by mistake;… moldy bread… you name it, I’ve tried it! I have never once gotten sick. Ever. (I usually heat things in the microwave for a while. I would never eat something that smells rotten or sour but yeah, very low food safety standards. My stories would horrify you)
My theory is I am building up lots of bacteria in my gut so hopefully I can stave off food poisoning! Hahah that’s a bad reason. I am also extremely cheap and I HATE wasting ANYTHING!
I also have lived abroad and seen how most humans eat and let me tell you…. their food ain’t often fresh (Peru, Ecuador, etc).
Mu husband sells food for a living and says most sell-by/ best-by labels are complete and utter bullshit. A complete fallacy that’s such a shame as SO SO SO much food gets thrown out that’s perfectly good.
Also ….What’s the oldest thing you ever eaten?
Post # 3
I don’t know what is THE oldest thing but usually I’m exactly like you! I throw things when they smell or look bad.
Post # 4
last week I ate a bagel that had a pinhead size amount of mold in one little spot. I cut it off, inspected the rest, toasted it and ate it. Was really craving a bagel and it was the only one in the house…. felt fine after, not a bit sick.
Post # 5
I don’t really mess with meat that is past its date, but other than that, everything else is fair game!
Post # 6
Does cheese count? Isnt it “overdue” to begin with?
im SO picky with that stuff…. I’ll throw away stuff that is 2 days before due date! I get so paranoid and I have issues because my grandma used to feed us bad food all the time…. She had Alzheimer’s so didn’t realize it. She once fed me pop tarts and after eating halfway through it I looked down and realized there were bugs all over it *gag*
Post # 7
I had feta cheese in the fridge for like six months after it expired. Everytime I went to use it it looked and smelled the same. Kept using it and it just got a stronger flavor. Eventually I got too scared of eating it and threw it out!
Oh one time though, I ate jelly that was like three years expired. It had been sealed for the whole time and tasted fine. Was just a little more brown than usual. 🙂
I don’t mess around with the expiration date on milk. I can’t even drink it if it is within a few days of expiring. Most of the time it is in my head. Sometimes it does smell sour before the expiration date. I drink milk like it’s my job though so generally I have the whole gallon gone long before the expiration haha.
Post # 8
Just Jello. It was expired for a month. I’ve had food poisoning twice in my life and wouldn’t dare to eat something like meat that’s expired.
Post # 9
If something has a date on it I won’t use it past the date. If cheese or bread has a tiny piece of mold on it I will throw it all away. I try not to let things expire but I won’t eat anything that is iffy.
Post # 10
I am like you! I think I am testing my immune system- I never get sick! But I won’t subject my kids to that- only I eat the old stuff!
Post # 11
@lealorali: I don’t care what it is, if it says expired..I toss it.
Post # 12
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I worked on an uninhabited desert island (Galapagos) for 5 months, and the supply boat only came once a month. We’d basically just eat the unrefrigerated, sitting-out-in-the-tropics cheese and eggs until they started to smell bad or we ate it all – highly scientific. It was a race against time to gorge on all the good fresh food. I’m with you, I have a really tough stomach and I think it’s from a lifetime of eating old and germy foods!
Post # 13
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
@lolot: Seriously! I mean, I know the risks and just have found my stomach is very tolerant. Must have been the street food of South America, you understand 🙂
@taylorkirby: hahah funny, I have super old feta I 100% plan on using in a dish next week. I won’t serve this old food to guests but I will eat it.
I one time ate vanilla yogurt so old it was lemon flavored. LEMON FLAVORED. How does that even hapen?! In all honestly, I didn’t know it was that old. MY mom just gave it to me…. she’s even worse than me!
Post # 14
@lealorali: depends what it is. In general, I don’t ‘get’ use by dates and think they’re nonsense. With stuff like yoghurt, cheese, milk, meat and fish, bread, fruit and veg etc, it’s very easy to tell by sight/touch/smell if it’s OK to eat. I’m more careful with processed foods like pre-packaged sandwiches as some can be unsafe to eat out of date.
I’ve never in my life had food poisoning, and have quite a ‘strong stomach’.
Post # 15
Raw fishfingers that had been defrosted in the fridge for 3 weeks. Ate them raw as I was dared to. I was fine. I always thank the fact that I spent some years as a child in Bangladesh.
FI is far too quick to throw food out, it drives me mad! I know he gets it from his mother…funny thing is, in the four and a bit years we’ve been together, he’s the only one that has had food poisioning!
Post # 16
If you are heating it up adequately, that means you’re killing anything that would harm you, even if it had bad bacteria to begin with. If it doesn’t taste weird…no harm no foul, haha!