I recently read an interesting article titled Ignore Expiration Dates. While I am sure this article would make for a great “Food Foibles (4).” I imagine it could also be used either as a good first date discussion topic or conversational springboard, but that’s not the direction I intended to take it. Although please do, I am curious to see what can be cooked up.
Anyway, I gleamed from this article two interesting points, aside from the authors eating habits.
It has been said that singles have expiration dates. Well good news people, us singles no longer have to worry. “The fact is that expiration dates mean very little.” Proof of this fact has even been explained by scientist:
- Besides, as University of Minnesota food scientist Ted Labuza explained to me, expiration dates address quality—optimum freshness—rather than safety and are extremely conservative.
See nothing to worry about. But the most important message of the article seems to be “But if they haven't lost their looks, ignore the printed date.” Need I say more?
I should note: you probably shouldn’t listen to everything said in that article and apply it to shidduchim. I mean while I agree that “canned items are potentially the safest foods around and will keep five years or more if stored in a cold pantry,” I don’t think that is a viable solution. I’ll have to ask my parents for their perspective on that one.
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