Fitness Minutes: (74,443)
3,293 7/25/13 1:33 P
I cleaned out my mother's spice cabinet recently (I was taking care of my parents after transplant surgery) and found spices from the 1970s.
My mother is a cheapskate and a little bit of a food hoarder. Also, she really LOVES pumpkin pie spice apparently--I think I found six of those. The thing is, she always uses a pie recipe which calls for the individual spices, not the mix.
My parents also have lots of really old medical supplies...most of which my mother brought home AFTER they had expired. She was a doctor, but is long-since retired.
7/25/13 12:41 P
I didn't discover this, I have been keeping it on purpose....
Many years ago as a young somewhat newly-married couple, we got our first Costco membership.
One day, husband came home with a bag of popcorn kernels (back in the day of the air-popper and you used actual kernels, not microwaveable packages). Well. The bag had to weigh ten pounds. I said at the time, *That is more popcorn than we can eat in our entire lives!* and he was all "But but but... it was only $6.99." I said we'd never eat it all; he tried to defend his purchase by saying we eat quite a bit of it, and i'd be surprised, probably wouldn't even last 1 year. I said if we finish this in five, I'll be shocked. Then i got a piece of masking tape and stuck on a label with the current date.
That bag of corn has moved with us 3x. We got it down to about half a bag, but now haven't eaten any of it in many, many years. However I did attempt to pop it just to see if it still would work, about a decade ago. It did.
This Easter I made my mom throw out a package of cupcake sprinkles because I remembered that she bought them after Easter one year when we hadn't been able to celebrate because we were stranded by a flood.
That flood happened in 1973!!!
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, though. I moved last summer, and I realized that the half-bottle of ketchup in my fridge was the same bottle that had been 3/4 full the last time I moved-- in 2003!
The good thing is that I realized it's stupid for me to buy bottles of ketchup. At the rate I use it, I can bring home the extra packets they give me when I eat fast food once every 18 months, and I'll have plenty.
Fitness Minutes: (299,018)
7/25/13 11:34 A
Okay, well this is sorta embarrassing. Several years ago, I took a trip to Rome. I think it was 1998. anyway, when I was there, I bought a chocolate bar that was in a metal wrapper printed like a 100,000 lira note. Yes, this is pre- Euro days we're talking. I thought it was hilarious.
Well, I never ate that bar of chocolate. In fact, it has been sitting in my frig for the last 15 years !!!!! Actually, I was defrosting my freezer and I decided to open the bar and look at the chocolate. Oddly enough, while it was old and dried out, it was not green. there was NO MOLD.
Yes, I did toss out the chocolate last week, but I kept the metal wrapper. I don't know why I never ate it. don't know why I never threw it out til last weekend.
anyway, that's my confession.
Fitness Minutes: (11,285)
7/25/13 10:56 A
When mom was alive she kept buying a couple of bars of soap every time she went to the store. After a while, she had a whole bathroom cabinet full of soap and I asked her what she was planning to do with the soap. She laughed and said, I have to get over that need to buy soap. It was one of the things I really missed during the war (WW2) and when I see such an abundance on the grocery shelves, I have to get one. No one in the family had to buy a bar of soap for a long time.
1. One of my husband's late friends used to haul junk away from sites and houses. She discovered a yogurt maker that uses heat. She gave it to me and said, "Here, you like yogurt. Now you can make your own." It was from 1976 and was a wedding present.
2. I have found spices in my Mom's house from 20+ years ago.
3. My Mom does not eat flour or sugar. When my Dad died, she gave me most of the leftover packaged food. I did not tell her, but 90% of it I had to throw out (and recycle the packaging) because it expired 4 years prior.
I've been cleaning out cabinets these past few days and throwing lots out as well as taking things to Good Will. It has certainly made me wonder what I was thinking to keep some of the garbage I found. Guess I get a little attached to things. Getting rid of stuff, though, felt good -- especially because some of it hadn't been looked at in years. One of those items was an ice crusher that I'm sure was probably 50 years old, if not more. I can imagine the first owner buying this cumbersome, hand-crank apparatus and how thrilled they must have been. It was a hand-me-down to me. Now our refrigerators crush ice.
A year ago, we had sold our house, but were still in the process of finding a new one. We moved in with my in-laws for about two months. In order to show my in-laws I appreciated the help, I would clean their house for them. I started to clean their PACKED pantry. Needless to say almost EVERYTHING was 1-2 years expired. The worst part was finding a food package labeled 1996! I told my husband, "You know they moved that expired food to their new house when it was already expired at their old house?"
Anytime I eat there now, I always check expiration labels before I eat ANYTHING. Sorry Mother-in-Law, but I don't trust you anymore to not accidentally give me food poisoning!
@Fenwaygirl: I remember your thread about that spaghetti! Gross. I got really good checking expiration dates while living in Hungary. I guess that's when I first started noticing that stores and people, American or otherwise, aren't always perfect at that. :
Fitness Minutes: (82,255)
7/25/13 6:40 A
My Mom has stuff in her freezer from 1999 - yes another Y2K type of thing.
I still have a can of SPAM in my cold storage room from the days of the Y2K scare.
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7/25/13 5:29 A
It's always fun to clean the fridge after I've been away for a year and see what my SO failed to through out. Lets see... healthy-ish salad dressing... bet it expired a year ago... yup. *Garbage toss*
7/25/13 4:10 A
yes in may I discovered that when I bought a box of stouffer's spaghetti that my son loves the expiration date was 1998!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!! and I had just bought it in march! I went to open it and it looked a greenish/ grey color and so I called up the company I had 2 boxes with that date so check your frozen goods expirations dates. He could of gotten deathly ill if I didn't notice that color and he had opened it himself, now I check dates on my frozen goods big time!
I discovered some Neosporin today that my husband has. It expired in October 1998. Needless to say, I failed to use it. I pointed out that my oldest niece, who turned 12 today, is younger than this Neosporin. It cracked us up. Have you made any random discoveries like this in your house? What happened?