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Last night, I came home from work excessively drained, and looked on the pantry shelves for something easy to cook for dinner.  There were a few packages of KD, which I didn't remember having bought, but I decided that that would do nicely.  Comfort food.  I'd probably picked them up at some point when the grocery store was selling them at a ridiculously low price; it has happened from time to time.  For a few weeks last year, the equivalent Italpasta product was being sold at 16 or 19 cents a box.

And everything was fine until I opened up the packet of cheez sauce powder.  It was a kind of medium brown colour, instead of the expected bright orange; about the colour of an old apple core.  Okay, I thought, this might be because Kraft has switched to using natural food-colouring agents.  It'll probably brighten up when it's mixed into the pasta.

Except it didn't.  The "finished" potful of pasta was still brown.  It tasted a bit weird too.

Then I remembered where I'd acquired the package: Dad's pantry, when we were clearing out foodstuffs that he didn't need to take to the assisted-living place.  It might have been there... a while.

So I checked the best-before date on the box.  "98 AL 15".  Given the expected shelf life of KD, the package was probably more than 20 years old.

Now we know.  That fluorescent-orange cheezy substance does expire eventually, even in dry form, even inside its foil pouch inside the cardboard box, presumably stored under reasonably good temperature conditions.
 

Date: 2017-03-09 07:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pameladean.livejournal.com
The things you do for science!

P.

Date: 2017-03-10 04:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bunsen-h.livejournal.com
This time, it wasn't intentional.

As serendipity goes, this was not one of my finer moments. Not quite "I can't believe I ate that!" but at least there don't seem to have been any bad after-effects other than a lingering bad taste in my mouth.

One of my lab colleagues made up a batch of KD as she was starting on her Comprehensive exams, shoved the leftovers into her fridge, and forgot about them until a couple of months later. When she found the container, there was no change in its contents other than a bit of oil having separated. I have long maintained that the only reason we can survive eating KD is that we are much bigger than it is. Bacteria can't cope.
Edited Date: 2017-03-10 04:49 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-03-10 12:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dewline.livejournal.com
Aaaaack!!!

Date: 2017-03-10 05:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bunsen-h.livejournal.com
You should definitely look at today's Cake Wrecks. :-)

Date: 2017-05-28 11:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dewline
I probably will at some point down the road.

Date: 2017-03-10 12:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] resonant.livejournal.com
I learned something!

Date: 2017-03-11 08:05 pm (UTC)

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