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Jul 13, 2006 05:30 PM

What do you keep after it's expired?

Baking mixes.

Not for too long, though - maybe a month. I figure, it's going to be baked at 375 anyway. Fortunately, I haven't gotten sick.

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  1. I try not to keep anything - it's the only thing I'm a bit obsessive about.

    However, prepared mixes are probably in my cabinets too. Last night, my husband asked me why I'd bought more Kraft Mac & Cheese (I know, not "chowish, but it's one of those childhood leftovers which make me feel good when I'm feeling down). I said "why?" He says, because there was still some here. I looked at the date - it expired 6 months ago. Ummm, not so sure if it's going to be ok or not - the macaroni will be but the powdered mix? Guess we'll find out!

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    1. re: sivyaleah

      And why is Kraft Mac & Cheese not "chowish?" Seems to me that anything you eat that makes you feel good is "chowish." I love peanut butter and Miracle Whip sandwiches on white bread. Chowish? Dad-gum right!

      1. re: sivyaleah

        "Chowish" is in the eye (or mouth) of the beholder (taster). If you don't believe it, take a gander at the "Strangest Chow You've Eaten" thread on this board!

      2. Almost everything. "Expiration" dates are pretty meaningless. In fact, they have no specific meaning -- they mean different things for different manufacturers and different kinds of products. Most of the dates you see on food products aren't "expiration" dates at all -- they're "pull" dates, which are dates after which the manufacturer doesn't want the product sold because they can't guarantee the quality (not the healthfulness, which is a different issue).

        Baking mix? It could be stale, and the leaving in it might not work, but there's no way it's going to harm you!

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        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          Agreed with the leavening. I tried to use some corn meal pancake mix that was easily a year old, and the pancakes came out flat and chewy. I buy fresher and don't stockpile for as long. I don't go by the use by date, I go by the can I remember when I bought it and how long I've had it date.

        2. Eggs


          Cereal (does "Best before ..." count?)


          1. lol, I'm sure the guy answers on here will be a little different. As long as it's not moldy, smells funky, or is otherwise spoiled, I'll give it a shot.

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            1. re: Biggie

              Did you see my answer? I'm not a guy! When this topic has come up before, there have been guys who have been just as picky -- or more so -- about stuff like this as women.

            2. I keep oil/vinegar based salad dressings (not creamy ones), eggs, chips and cereal get the staleness test, cheese if it still looks/tastes okay.