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Apr 15, 2011 10:40 AM

What food or food-related items to put in a time capsule?

If you were asked to contribute food or something food-related to a time capsule to be opened in 20 years, what would you put in? Things we'll laugh or marvel at (or possibly eat/enjoy?) in 20 years...

The idea is to celebrate 2011 and/or remind us what 2011 was really like.

P.S. this is not a hypothetical question. I really need to contribute something to a time capsule!

Thank you!


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    1. TDQ, this is not as easy as it seems at first glance. I wouldn't want to have anything in cans or plastic given current feelings about BPAs. I think I would include some kind of popular liquor. Or something popular that comes in glass containers. Also, something indigenous to your area.

      Anyway, the following thread may be of some help to you. It was started in July 2008 and lists possible items to include...


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      1. re: Gio

        The Food Technology department at a college in Cheshire England did something similar this past February:



        1. re: Gio

          So, I see they have included some food labels: Laughing Cow Cheese, Campbells soup, also some article about Coke and Old El Paso Fajitas... Also a couple of newspaper (The Telephone and the Guardian), Look Magazine and some kind of Farming Magazine, among other things...

          Very interesting. It kind of reinforces my thinking to include food labels. Does that mean I'm going to have to buy (and consume) some foods I might not want to eat just so I can contribute them to a time capsule? HA!


          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            I still think it would be cool to include something that would stiil be viable 20 years later. Wine,or local honey for instance. Does kimchee go off after a time? I know... Spam. Doesn't that last forever?

            1. re: Gio

              I agree that it would be great to include something you could actually consume. How does one find out what the shelf life of some of these food items actually is? I love the idea of wine (though I worry about how to ensure proper storage and handling) and honey...

              THis article says honey can be good for decades! http://www.honey.com/images/downloads...

              Spam is a good one, esp since it's a Minnesota-based product...


                1. re: Gio

                  Wine is missing from that list! P'shaw!


                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                    Well you don't have to freeze dry wine, for goodness sake. Harumph.

                    Wrap it in bubble wrap. No, that;s no good. Wrap it in a 2011 tablecloth.

                    1. re: Gio

                      So, it looks like I need Madeira...wrapped in a 2011 tablecloth... http://www.wineloverspage.com/wineadv...


        2. re: Gio

          Hey, if I thought it would be easy, I wouldn't have to ask all you brilliant hounds! ;-) But, by food-related items, I was thinking of not just food itself, but also candy wrappers or menus or things like that. In my case, it can only be items that won't spoil or attract rodents because I wouldn't want the food-items I put in to ruin anything else in the time capsule...

          Thanks for the links. I will check those out!


          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            The students did include magazines and journals in thier capsule.

        3. I am a teacher and my students recently completed a local history project. I also work at a restaurant part time and the most interesting item on display during the history presentations and in a display case at the restaurant are menus, especially from local landmark restaurants.

          They show not only what was sold, but also provide insight into the dietary trends and customs of a particular region or culture. It goes without saying that the prices for the food items will be comical to those in the future. :)

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          1. re: dandre

            Good idea. This is just the excuse I need to get my husband to take me out to landmark restaurants more often, so I can collect the menus! :).

            Thanks for this.


            1. re: The Dairy Queen

              Oooh, yes on the menus. Even just an everyday diner or Chinese restaurant. I always love seeing those at historic sites.

              So I went googling on Minnesota agriculture... can you put any seeds in? Maybe small glass jar, metal cap? Wheat, beets, corn, oats, peas... would be cool to have seeds that they could attempt to sprout. This year's most popular spring veggies or flowers?

              And just wanted to add my favorite new fact: 'The Minnesota state soil is "Lester".'

              #1: Who knew states had 'state soils'?
              #2: 'Lester' sounds kinda friendly. Good name.

          2. Energy drinks, fat burner tea, the master cleanse, fiber bars, dvd of top chef, and copy of food and wine or saveur. Oh and a yoga mat.

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            1. re: AdamD

              Great ideas! I was going to put my copy of Saveur in, but I want to keep it for myself. HAHAHAH! Maybe next month's...


            2. Personally I believe that corkscrews are going to go the way of buggy whips in the future. They will not all go away but a method of closing wine bottles that does not need a specialty tool to open it is here now with the advance of screw caps. Maybe not twenty years, but I feel sure in fifty years cork screws will be a collectors item. Look at all of the designs and techniques that there are out there just to pull a cork out of a bottle.