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Originally posted by zaiger
when in doubt throw it out.
Originally posted by Republican08
My rule is....... if you have to ask, it's probably too old.
Yahoo Answers might be a better place for this question though.
Originally posted by ladyinwaiting
For some reason I thought this was in a survival scenario, and I was going to say keep it all!
But you're only moving.....toss the old stuff and start over. If you haven't eaten it by now you aren't going to, so why keep it. Rice and sugar keep forever if kept dry.
Cans rule: If the top poofs up, it shall kill you, or make you beg for death.
Originally posted by anxietydisorder
Elderly people tend to lose muscle mass and fat, so over 70 is off the menu.
Anything young, or into their 30s and 40s should be just fine if they're healthy.
Treat your neighbors well, you never know when you might need them.
Originally posted by DucTape
I try to Stay away from the pop top cans for long term storage.
I recently found some 5 year old cans of soup that didn't get rotated, They tasted fine and i didn't die.
Last year I found a case of Kraft macaroni and cheese that I put away for Y2K. The cheese powder was a little clumpy but tasted fine as did the pasta. Not bad for being 10 years old.
Originally posted by CoherentlyConfused
Dry flour and grains like cornmeal (which would include pancake mixes, as well) contain very, very, very tiny insect eggs in them that make it past the processing and when the product gets too old, they will hatch into little worms.
As far as pasta, I have seen it look funny after a year or so but I have eaten it without issue.
Originally posted by loner007
they had a 100 year old corned beef in a tin obviously still sealed. They opened it and ate it and they said it tasted just as good as it would have tasted if you opened it 2 months after it going in the tin.
Just a tiny amount of moisture can easily make mould on a lot of dried foods.
Originally posted by Ellie Sagan
reply to post by CoherentlyConfused
You can freeze these things for a few days or more and that is supposed to kill the eggs. Then if you want you can take them out of the freezer and store in a plastic container in a cool dry place. i don't know how long it lasts but I've read that flour can last up to 5 years this way. I have had no problems with this method and I do stock up and rotate my food supplies.