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Apr 17, 2011 11:46 AM

Peanut butter past expiration date

I came across a jar of peanut in the back of my pantry with an expiration date 3/25/11. Can it still be eaten or should I toss it? Thanks!

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  1. Smell it. Does it smell rancid?

    If not, it's fine.

    1. All nuts (well, peanuts aren't technically nuts, but they are similar) go rancid after a while. Here's what I would do: If the jar has never been opened, open it and smell it. If it smells okay, then taste a little. If it seems normal, use it quickly. Make cookies, spicy peanut noodles, etc.

      If the jar has already been opened, I'd just toss it and get a new one, preferably smaller, since you probably don't go thru it that fast. It's probably fine, but PB is cheap, and why not have the freshest, safest, and most delicious jar you can?

      Also check to see if your jar is on a recall list--I think there was a PB scare a few months ago, but can't remember the details.

      1. Not fit for human consumption.

        Send it to me immediately. I'll dispose of it properly for you.

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          I wish I could have a jar of PB here. My son is allergic and because PB has a way of getting all over stuff (kids making sandwiches and snacking all over the house, etc), we have a total ban on it. But I order toasted PB&J for breakfast at our local sandwich shop and order anything peanutty at Asian restaurants.