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30 December 2012 @ 01:00 am
Food for Thought from The Salt  

Did you over fill the larder this year? Did the 2012 Apolocolyspe “make you” buy the whole mega mart? No worries. Dan Charles over at NPR’s The Salt has you covered. Check out his most recent article, Don't Fear That Expired Food, here.

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anthony_lionanthony_lion on December 30th, 2012 06:30 pm (UTC)
In my experience, freeze-dried food will survive 5years+ with the exception of croutons...

Canned food...
Back in the late 80s, when I was in the RNoAF, we got some 'war rations' which had a lot of stuff in them (blocks of grape sugar, chocolate, instant coffee, teabags, solid paraffin wax... Everything you'd need for 24Hours )
The most important part was a can of 'Reserve Provisions' listed as 'RSP' and which everyone called 'Remains of Exploded Personnell'... This was salt pork, peas and fat. It ws actually edible, too. (You could fry it using the paraffin wax, slice it and put on a piece of bread, use it in a stew or whatever)
Back then, the sargeant in my troop claimed that the best stuff was made in the 60s...
And I know what 'connoiseurs' will still eat cans from the 60s and 70s, if they can find them.
(The RSP is now sold as 'Tourist Provisions' in stores)

Eggs...
Here in Norway, eggs usually have a 'use by' date no more than a month later, but I still eat them a month after that date. One reason is that they're stored refrigerated at all stages, at the farm, in the truck, in the store, and of course in my fridge.
Kestrel Catkestrelcat on January 1st, 2013 04:44 am (UTC)
I have had similar luck with eggs. Of course with a small child around they rarely last long here anymore. :)

Your RSP tales remind me of a college classmate I had whose parents were survivalists. They had a bunker and everything. Anyway it was her favorite birthday gift to present you with a food stuff that was dated the year you were born. I got a Twinkie. It was chewy but edible.

Have a great New Year-
KC/FP