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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.
 
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