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Nearly killed my family

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HoorayItsToday Mon 19-Aug-19 23:04:46

(light hearted, but true!)

So .... Couple of weeks ago I made a roast for my DH and 2 DCs. There were no gravy granuals left so I searched the cupboard as I was sure we had more hidden somewhere! Found another tub which was open! Yey! Happily made some gravy.

Gravy smelt a bit mouldy/musty! But I thought maybe it was meant to smell like this and I must be imagining there's something wrong, I'm sure it's fine. I asked DH if gravy smelt ok, he said yes. He and the DCs devoured it!

Yesterday I made a roast and got the same tub from the cupboard. Have no idea why, but decided to check the best before date. Aaaaaaagggghhh ... It was best before November 2015!!!!

DH and DCs both seem to have survived the incident and are none the wiser

Am I being unreasonable to think I almost killed them by serving up 4 year old gravy!!!! (blush)

Happyspud Mon 19-Aug-19 23:06:06

Just goes to show there’s probably no food in the granules even bacteria want to eat.

TheoriginalLEM Mon 19-Aug-19 23:08:39

Lol you're just rehydrating cardboard anyhow grin

Justme1234567 Mon 19-Aug-19 23:10:13

This made me chuckle 😂

Finfintytint Mon 19-Aug-19 23:11:39

Best before means just that. It will have reverted to a tasteless entity.
Stop using that shite grin

frogsoup Mon 19-Aug-19 23:12:05

Im sure it'd still be fine in another ten years too, or even 30! If it isnt wet, it wont go mouldy.

DrFoxtrot Mon 19-Aug-19 23:12:19

YABU gringrin you were merely using up your store cupboard.

arethereanyleftatall Mon 19-Aug-19 23:12:35

I've just opened my larder to check mine out of interest. July 2008.

HoorayItsToday Mon 19-Aug-19 23:14:01

arethereanyleftatall - gringrin that makes me feel better!!

Grandmi Mon 19-Aug-19 23:34:53

I have regularly given my family food from cupboard with ridiculous sell by dates ...we have all survived 😊

PerkingFaintly Mon 19-Aug-19 23:35:36

Instant coffee granules, on the other hand, acquire a subtle tinge of blue when they're four years a little out of date.

Taste is affected slightly.

Go on, ask me how I know.blush

kateandme Mon 19-Aug-19 23:36:35

sell by dates are bullshit.

Fleetheart Mon 19-Aug-19 23:38:57

It’s best before; not really anything to poison you. Meanwhile my daughter is driving me mad not using olive oil that was best before Oct 2018. It is PERFECTLY alright. She would rather throw it out and buy new. Complete waste of money.

SummerPlace Mon 19-Aug-19 23:46:39

This is off topic, and I do realise you are being facetious, but with a roast do you really need gravy granules? Just make it with pan drippings and plain flour. I am a lousy cook and even I can do that.

saraclara Tue 20-Aug-19 00:03:38

2015 is almost new by the standards of my store cupboard

NCpreggo Tue 20-Aug-19 00:04:22

It must have tasted alright. Best befores are a load of rubbish anyway, gravy granules don't really go off. It takes me years to get through a pack of gravy powder (don't roast often) and it's always fine even at the end!
Use it up I say smile

TwoPupsandaHamster Tue 20-Aug-19 00:06:49

Why do you need granules to make gravy for a roast?

SingingBabooshkaBadly Tue 20-Aug-19 00:10:56

I once found several pots of dried herbs and spices in my uncle’s kitchen that were over twenty years past their best before date! I’d been attracted to them by what I thought was some lovely retro packaging. They can’t have been imparting any flavour at all...

abbey44 Tue 20-Aug-19 00:17:20

I can beat that - I found some tuna steaks at the bottom of the freezer last week, sell by November 2012. Dog stole one and ate it raw, I generously cooked the other one for her. She's survived.

OhGodWhatTheHellNow Tue 20-Aug-19 00:17:33

Is this a generational thing? The young women I work with (20s to my 50s) are always tutting over the dates in the staffroom fridge...

Disclaimer: I have a diploma in advanced food hygiene and still cheerfully cut the mould off cheese! grin

confusedandemployed Tue 20-Aug-19 00:18:42

I thought you were going to say you'd served up dissolved rat poison....

quitefranklyivehadenough Tue 20-Aug-19 00:18:57

Don't worry @HoorayItsToday I've got a tub of medium curry powder I. The cupboard that's best before Aug 1999. I use half a teaspoon whenever I cane Carrot and Coriander soup. It should be gone in another 3 years 😂😂. The joke is it's older than 4 of my kids 😂 x

PasDeGeeGees Tue 20-Aug-19 00:19:14

I have a spice rack that we were given for a wedding present in 1983 and several jars are still going strong grin

DramaAlpaca Tue 20-Aug-19 00:23:41

Meh, I wouldn't have thought twice about using that. It might have deteriorated in quality ever so slightly but it's so processed there won't be anything remotely unsafe about it.

And yes, I'm sure it's a generational thing. I keep encouraging my 20-something DCs to trust their noses not these modern, new-fangled use by dates.

NCpreggo Tue 20-Aug-19 00:28:08

Don't think it's a generational thing. I'm 30 ish (!) and go by my nose rather than dates, have no qualms about hacking off some mould.

Various older relatives will chuck stuff without even opening it though if it's past the date on the pack.

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