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Jun 16, 2007 07:08 PM

Instant Noodle...Expired!!

Would you still eat it?

Didn't notice the date (Apr. 07) on the package when I bought it..... wonder if that's the reason it was on sale.

Found a couple more in my cupboard, of course long expired too!!!! I know it's full of MSG and other powder, but I wonder if you would eat it.

I am starving!!!!

P.S. What's your favourite..... I am stuck on Tom Yum (mama brand)

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  1. Oh sure--it's fine. I'd eat lots of things that were only a month or two past the date, except for maybe milk or meat...

    I currently have a tin of cayenne pepper that apparently should have been eaten by December--1985! Now I can't get rid of it becaue I can't believe how old it is! ;-)

    1. Oh yeah, I'd eat it without thinking twice.

      First of all those expiration dates are more for the benefit of the company.

      Second, it is hard for salt to expire. There's so much stuff in there preservative-wise, I'd have no problem eating it even a year after expiration. The noodles may possibly taste a little stale a year after expiration ... or maybe not. I don't think there's real meat in there anyway. If it doesn't have anything growing in it ... and it won't just two months after expiration ... throw some water in and give it a try. If it tastes stale then toss it.

      Don't have a favorite ... I favor what's on sale.

      If there was some major disaster on earth and only I was left with only instant noodles to eat, I think I would be able to live a normal lifetime on the noodles ... if the salt in it didn't kill me.

      Why is Tom Yum the best in your opinion? I don't think I've tried that brand.

      1. It's deep fried in trans fats--it'll last a long time.

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        1. re: chowser

          I would generally avoid eating instant noodles that have far passed the expiration date. The flavor of the oils seem to change over time and after a while, you'll notice those instant noodles tasting a bit off. I think if it's a month or two, then it's ok. However, if you've gone past the expiration date more than a few months to a few years, I think you'll notice a pretty funky taste sometimes.

          1. re: chowser

            Between the high trans-fat content and the fact that those fats may now be rancid (oxidized) this is not exactly the prescription for good health. Unless you are truly poverty striken, I would suggest that you dispose of this stuff.

            1. re: Ted in Central NJ

              Most noodle packages use palm oil rather than hydrogenated fat to pre-cook the noodles. So rancidity will occur over time, and 6 months past the expiry date might be what I would accept, though my nose would be the best judge.

              If you are worried about trans fats, check the white nutrition label to see if they are there. Chances are the industry has gone beyond that barrier.

          2. Those dates are usually "Best if served by" dates. I suspect that thousands of years from now, someone willunearth one of these and find, it is like Wonderbread and Twinkles, still perfectly edible (or as least as they are now) :-)

            1. As long as it isn't more then a couple months it should be fine. Since it does contain oil though, you will know as soon as you open the package it the oil has gone rancid. I would not eat it in that case. I know from experience even if it has not reached the best before date, if it smells bad don't eat it. That being said I have a friend who believes that they are "best before" dates not "don't eat after"
              I am with you on the Tom Yum.

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              1. re: sweetie

                As rworange said, they are, for the most part, "best before" dates: the date after which the product shouldn't be sold because the manufacturer won't guarantee its quality. The government requires "expiration dates" on foods, but for all practical purposes, anything that's in a shelf-stable sealed package doesn't spoil. What it will do is deteriorate in quality. Even if the oil becomes rancid, it's not really unsafe to eat -- it won't taste good and might upset your tummy, but it won't give you food poisoning.

                People throw out waaaay too much food because it's "expired" -- which I'm sure doesn't make the manufacturers unhappy at all.