Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Expiration Date

It is the last day of the month of November. I thought I would end this month's posts with something totally ridiculous because I have nothing else ready to post I want to post something light and silly occasionally and the last day of the month is as good a time as any. 

A few weeks ago I bought a bag of cashews at Walt Disney World. You will please notice the printing stamped on the front of the bag. This is November 2011 and the cashews will not be stale until. . . . . 

If you got 23rd of May 2012 from reading the label please go back and read it agin.

The nuts expire at EXACTLY 3:15 AM on the 23rd of May 2012. 

This is important to know because if I had stored this bag of nuts in my house for 6 months and woke up at 6AM on the morning of May 23rd with the intent to eat the nuts, it would have been devastating to find that they had expired 2 3/4 hours earlier! Seriously, why is a time stamped on a bag of cashews nd what does it mean that I need that information?  I was going to hold on to the bag and open them right at expiration time and eat them but then again, there is no way I am going to hold on to a bag of nuts for any reasonable length of time. 

A thought about dried fruits: Do dates have expiration dates? Does anyone really give a fig? 



Princess Dieter aka Mir said...

AHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!! Dang, that is one anal retentive manufacturer!!!!!

Maren said...

Haha, wow... Better safe than sorry I guess? ;)

that TOPS lady said...

:) Someone in the expiration stamping department is a little ocd? ;)

Unknown said...

This is such a funny topic! I often eat yogurts that are a few days past the date. The kids look at me with a gaggy look

Well, if they knew how yogurt was made, they'd *always* have the gaggy look!

:-) Marion

downsizers said...

The date is the last date the store can sell it, not the last day it is fit to eat. Who knows? You could be safe for another 6 months after that date. :-)

Vickie said...

it is probably the BATCH number so if there is an issue with that batch, it can be identified. this is purely a guess - it is a big plant that pumps out a lot of nuts each day.

pelikan said...

It is indeed the batch number. If something goes a wrong, the expiration date tells the manufacturer which bags to recall.

I never throw food after expiration date unless it looks, smells or tastes bad. The date is just a help, but don't throw food without having used your senses, we have smell and taste exactly for that reason. Too much good food is thrown away today.

Jane Cartelli said...

I think the time stamp is still the funniest thing.

Meats, fish, chicken and cold cuts are the one thing I can think of that not only should not be eaten after the expiration date,they may need to be tossed before that date arrives.