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Nov 15, 2006 08:12 PM

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.

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  1. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. 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!


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        1. re: AnneInMpls

          If trans-fats are a concern to you, you might want to buy a new package of Oreos, as those have been reformulated to be transfats free. Just don't hold on to those for 2 years :)

        2. Who keeps stuff for this long?!?! I say go buy some graham crackers and butter.

          1. 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.