Expired Oreo Crumbs - Still Good?
I have a box of oreo cookie crumbs that expired in Oct. 2005. I want to use them to make a crust for a cheesecake.
Do you think I should use them or buy some new crumbs (or actual oreos)? I tasted a few bites last night and it tasted fine and I didn't get sick.
They are not going to poison you they are just not going to be a fresh and won't have optimal flavor. Why not just pick up a box of Nabisco Chocolate Wafers. No point in going to the effort of producing food with sub-prime ingredients.
If they are that old, they were definitely made with partially hydrogenated oil, which, as we all know, has an incredibly long shelf life.
If the oil is rancid, you should definitely be able to smell it. If they smell fine, they should be ok.
Another sign of heavily oxidized oil is gumminess and an inability to break down with water (think about the seasoning of a frying pan). Smear some of the crumbs between your fingers. If you can't wash off the residue with water, you know that the oil is well past it's prime.
Old oil, btw, is not the healthiest thing in the world, but if you're only using these crumbs for one recipe, the health impact shouldn't be substantial.
I'm so glad you posted this question, Reddyrat!
I have a two-year-old package of Oreos, which I'm thinking of using for a recipe, but was too embarrassed to admit the age of the stuff in my cupboards. (When I tell kids, "I have stuff in my fridge that's older than you!" I'm really telling the truth!)
I do try to avoid items with trans-fats, but every so often I just need a frighteningly-long-shelf-life cookie. Scott123's tips for detecting old oil will come in handy. Thanks!
I second all the suggestions to check for rancidity. If they don't smell bad, you may be able to "refresh" them by toasting them in a 325F oven. Place them on a sheet pan and toast them in the oven for about 10 minutes, stirring/shaking the pan once or twice during cooking.
Please, don't be a-scared. I'm sure they are fine. It is simply the food gestapo that insists that the producer has arbitrary dates to define the usefulness of the product. Recently I bought some bottled water that was 2 yrs. dated. I couldn't believe that bottled water could expire, but, alas, just like your cookies, the police had determined that the water was stale. I drank it anyway, and am fine today. If it smells good, tastes fine, and looks ok---its good.
I made the cheesecake with the expired oreo crumbs. It was fantastic and I won first prize in a bake-off.
Thanks for the help!
Perfectly fine: full speed ahead with the cheesecake.
For commercial packaged stuff, check for:
1) bugs and mold
2) taste it: OK?
3) smell: OK?
if it passes all 3 tests, it is fine. For expired packaged dry goods, the expiration date is an issue of flavor, not safety.
At worst, your oreos may have gotten a little stale, but even this is OK since you will bake it, and all those evil flavors will probably just bake off, and certainly are NOT a health hazard. At worst, it will taste a little off.
I too am furious they have discontinued Oreo crumbs - even the Nabisco wafers are not easy to find (Have you noticed how expensive they now are?). For those of you who still have some left please store them in the freezer - they will keep for an extended period of time and will not go rancid. I have expressed my displeasure (!) to the folks at Nabisco......PLEASE send your complaints to Nabisco .