Monday, November 14

Expiration, Schmexpiration

A new study by food scientists at Brigham Young University proves that many food can be healthfully and edibly stored nearly indefinitely at room temperature or below.

This is interesting, but it's not news to me. My dad works for Frito Lay as a route salesman; he delivers and creates displays for Lays, Doritos, and Ruffles in a number of stores. Once the chips go past their marked "sell by" date, he can no longer sell them, so he can mark them on his report as "stales" and bring them home. I don't think I ate a fresh Cheeto during my entire childhood.

But that doesn't diminish their edibility. Snack products, like those with the Frito brand name, are simply swimming in preservatives. They can still taste good months after they've gone "out of code" (as they say in the biz). I'm certainly not surprised that packaged foods remain passably edible far longer than that.

1 comment:

Lauren said...

I read an article awhile back written by a guy whose family had extremely limited means and ate out of a dumpster for a period of time. The article had lots of descriptions about which foods have the longest shelf life and how to find the good things to eat in what many people would willingly throw out.

Personally, I don't feel the need to go to such extremes.

Incidentally, honey is the only food that never spoils.

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