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Jan 3, 2007 07:21 PM

What's the oldest thing in your fridge?

I was listening to a local food commentator on the radio this morning and he said he found a jar of sourdough starter from 1997 in his fridge... so he poured out some of the more acidic (?) stuff and used it again, resulting in a great loaf of bread.

That got me wondering... what's the oldest thing in other people's refrigerators? In mine, I found a jar of champagne mustard that I got on a Napa trip back in 2002... (tossed it, happy new year).

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  1. Packet of miso (that I threw out over the holidays).

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Me too! It's probably about 3 years old. Not tossing it.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          have an unopened pack of miso too, from last Spring (I think).

          1. re: rumgum

            No reason to throw away old misos -- there are families that hand them down through generations and cherish the aged quality it attains. It is already fermented so other than scraping off any that might have hardened, it should still be great and getting better! (Mine is almost 10 years old!)

            1. re: Carrie 218

              Thanks. I always wanted to know.

              1. re: rumgum

                I'm glad to know this, too, because miso comes in such a big package and I don't use it very often.

            2. re: rumgum

              i have 3 misos, all between 6-18 months old. they are absolutely fine.

              1. re: soupkitten

                Looks like we can start an antique miso group! But mine's only about three years old.

      1. Last month I threw out a jar of honey lime mustard dipping sauce that had never been opened that someone gave us when we moved here in 2000.

        I've even gotten a new refrigerator since then! I moved it to the new one! Oh, the shame!

        1. We have a tub of Marzetti caramel apple dip that is probably 6-8 years old and is perfectly good. This not only moved to a new fridge, it moved to a new house!

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          1. re: Bob W

            Oh I thought I was the only one who moved house w/ out of date fridge contents! BF bought a turkey on sale after the holidays. i threw it in the freezer bc we were all turkeyed out. it stayed and stayed. i moved house. it stayed and stayed. needless to say, the turkey just got thrown out (five years after first purchase). i wasn't sure if it would be good to defrost and erred on the side of caution. incidentally, the bf left two years before the turkey!

            1. re: aussiewonder

              aussiewonder, i know this post is way late, but i have to commend you on your "thriftiness." i laughed out loud! your post "takes the cake," as we like to say! ;-).

              and i loved this line: " the bf left two years before the turkey!"

          2. Nothing too old in our fridge since we just moved a month ago (although I did toss a bunch of condiments that we brought with us from our previous apartment (2002), but in my freezer I have two loaves of bread from the Greenbrier that I bought in October 2004 with every intention of making their famous bread pudding. I know I should toss them, but it drives my husband nuts to see them in there and it's become a thing.

            1. Katrina killed off my fridge's contents, so nothing pre-dates September 2005, when I re-stocked.

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              1. re: Hungry Celeste

                Me too. The worst job imaginable mucking all that putrid food into a garbage bag. Ugh!

                1. re: Tonto

                  I was doing okay after the first fridge cleanout, but the third one nearly did me in: a fermented can of reddi-wip blew up in my face. I did laugh after lots and lots of gagging.

                  1. re: Hungry Celeste

                    I volunteer at a local foodbank, and once and awhile people will donate frozen turkeys in the regular collection bins (sweet, and well meaning sure... but the bins aren't refrigerated). And every holiday staff end up cleaning up an exploded turkey. *gag*

                    I don't have much in my fridge that predates 2007 but I did have to throw out a forgotten half & half container that had lingered at the back of the fridge about 2 weeks too long and wow I learned a whole new meaning for "best before." phew! :)