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Nov 17, 2011 08:02 PM

What's the oldest ingredient you've ever cooked with?

This corn syrup expired in 1987. I was born in 1985. I'm making a caramel layer for salted caramel chocolate cookie bars.

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  1. oldest i've cooked with is 50 year old balsamic vinegar, though it was not expired by any means, and i didn't really cook but rather drizzled :P

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    1. Does wine count? If not, 50 year-old balsamic vinegar like TeRRet would be the oldest ingredient. The oldest ingredient that wasn't expired was probably a block of katsuobushi that's probably a decade old.

      I generally don't make a habit of using expired ingredients.

      1. 150 year Grand Marnier made an evening of profound margarites

        1. Really old spices I found when moving. I have no idea when they were acquired and how. They worked out okay, but I made sure to increase the amount (sometimes triple than what the recipe called for) to account for the reduced flavor.

          1. Lots of spices that were decades old, tripling and quadrupling amounts to make up for it. As a matter of curiosity, I soaked and cooked 20-30 yr old beans I'd kept in a glass jar, used for pie weights. They took forever to cook and had no real flavor, but I ate them anyway, in soup.