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DEAR ABBY: My mom and many others share this problem. She refuses to throw away expired food. I'm not talking about something a few days past its "best used by" date; I'm talking years.
Yesterday, I found a box of bread crumbs that had expired in 2001 (I took a picture). Mom insisted that they "never really go bad." I told her she had better hope she isn't the beneficiary of the life insurance policy of anyone who eats them or she could end up as an episode of "Snapped."
Seriously, though, this is a huge problem for the elderly. I hope you will encourage your readers to help their older friends and family members by cleaning out their fridge and cabinets. I always check the expiration date before eating anything at my mom's. Thank you! -- DATE CHECKER
DEAR DATE CHECKER: Your mother is mistaken. While it is safe to consume some foods a few weeks past their expiration date, other items begin to lose their nutritional value or spoil.
I'm glad you wrote. I'm printing your letter for other readers whose older relatives think the way your mother does, so they can check the expiration dates on packages in their relatives' cupboards (and remove any bulging or rusted cans that could cause botulism, a fatal illness)."
This is so true. I found this with my MIL. She tended to "stock up" just in case family visited last minute. She lived in Fla, one son NJ, one Miss and one Ga. None of us close enough for a last minute visit. She had water crackers that I ate and spit out. They were rancid. Checked the ex date and they were a year pasted the ex date. After that I checked the box. We were there earlier in the year and came for TG. She had Bagels that I checked before I ate. The pkg was from when we were there before. There were other outdated pkgs and rolls. I took them out and told her none of it was any good. But she was told they would stay in the frig. I said maybe longer than on the counter but even refrigerated bread molds. She was not happy with me. What got me is nothing I thru away was anything she normally ate. When we cleaned her pantry out after she passed, most of the food was no good. She had a pork roast in the freezer that was 2 yrs old.
Pretty sure we are all aware of this but then some may have never thought about Moms pantry. Where I worked had a food closet. We were obligated to get rid of expired food. Anything with flour should not be used past ex date. Flour goes rancid. Jelly gets moldy on top but there are spores in the rest of the jar. Canned goods are still good past ex date but quality maybe compromised. Like said get rid of bulging tops and rusted cans. Frozen food only lasts a few months, check the internet for ex dates.