Comments: Death By Italian Bread Crumbs

Hope the bread crumbs don't turn out to be fatal! :)

I must admit I'm guilty of having some pretty old spices in the cupboard, mostly the little used ones which you buy for one recipe that requires 1/2 tsp, lol

Posted by Amanda at March 10, 2009 02:01 AM

I come from a long line of packrats. Only recently have any of us started to throw things out. My one sister has spices still in metal cans? Remember those? We are talking from the 60s.

Luckily, we've thrown out all medicines in glass bottles.

Posted by Jerry from Indiana at March 10, 2009 03:39 AM

Ramon noodles, breadcrumbs... our life is never dull. hahahahahah

Posted by vw bug at March 10, 2009 05:17 AM

One way for dating some spices,

Posted by jon spencer at March 10, 2009 07:36 AM


You are SO giving me flashbacks.
My MIL is still living, and I'm pretty sure she currently has nine year old spices.

I'm just going to shudder for the rest of the day now. Thanks.

Posted by Roses at March 10, 2009 08:41 AM

When we moved Mr Weenies grandmother out of her house in the early 00's and went though her cupboards, good lord we found salad dressing from the 70's.

She was from the depression era and saved everything.

I'm talking 1" pencils and candals, wouldn't throw out anything because that was wasting things.

Posted by Quality Weenie at March 10, 2009 08:58 AM

When I cleaned out my mothers home after she moved, I found 2 bread bags of bag ties and dozens of cottage cheese cartons. Amazing!

Posted by sailynn at March 10, 2009 10:37 AM

When I cleaned out my mother's home after she moved, I found 2 bread bags of bag ties and dozens of cottage cheese cartons. Amazing!

Posted by sailynn at March 10, 2009 10:37 AM

You will also want to avoid eating any of these cakes:

Posted by Roses at March 10, 2009 12:36 PM

I've already done a post about my idea of expired food (about 1 week in the refrigerator) vs. my MIL's idea (never expires) and how she'll feed my niece 3 week old food.


I know I'm neurotic on the expiration date issue, and likely food lasts longer than I think. But, I don't like to mess around.

Posted by wRitErsbLock at March 10, 2009 03:14 PM

Amanda- I'm alive! I've been guilty too, of having old spices. 20 years did take the cake and I did find some old anise oil? It was in a bottle from... oh...the late 70s?

VW- I think my breadcrumbs beat our your Ramon Noodles by 6 years!

Jon- That is the site we used. I did a post on it about a year ago. My son and I went onto that site and plugged in the numbers and found them to be either 16 year old.... or 26 years old. We're thinking 16...

Roses- Does she still use them? They DEFINITELY lose their potency that long. Is her cooking kind of bland? Heh...

QW- YES! The one inch candles! YES! Tiny little pencils. EVERYTHING.

Sailynn- She had a special place for all the ties. She saved all the ties from all the bread bags and all the bread bags inside bread bags. There was definitely a method to her madness... things got used.

Roses- I need to look at that link...

Writersblock- I have this thing about food poisoning. I don't want it. Its bad enough to get it at a restaurant, let alone at my own hands. NO. I don't eat leftovers that have been in the fridge for more then 3 days.

Posted by Bou at March 10, 2009 09:27 PM

When my mother died, we inherited the contents of her jam-packed freezer. Some of that stuff was many years old. The kids got in the habit of asking whether a given meal was from Grandma's freezer after a while... if it was, they'd refuse to touch it. And I cannot blame them.

Spices? Gawd only knows how old some of that crap was. And I still have a box of strawberry Jell-O from her pantry... it was 14 years old then... now it's 35 (!) years old. No plans to ever eat it, but when was the last time you saw a box of Jell-O for 29 cents... with the price stamped on it in blue ink?

Posted by Elisson at March 10, 2009 09:33 PM

Experts say you should dump spices that are maybe a year old, but I've never heard of anyone getting sick from the stuff. It's a taste issue, not health. With old spices, you might as well be dumping dust off the furniture in your food for all the flavor it will add.

Food poisoning? I survived several trips to Mexico without getting "revenge." Only time I got it was from too-old leftovers. NOT a good way to lose weight.

Posted by George at March 11, 2009 10:27 AM