Sunday, May 27, 2007

Am I the Only One?

Ok folks. I know that we have all gone to the grocery store and purchased items that has an expiration date. Just a word to the wise......the expiration date is on the package for a reason.

The Analyst hasn't yet grasped that concept. When I purchase things like eggs, milk, bacon, sausage, etc. I am very conscience of the expiration date. If an item is ONE DAY past the date....it's outta here!

Well, in going through the frig the other day I noticed that some sausage I had was 2 weeks past the expiration date!!! Oh No!!! They had to go! They were still in the original package unopened so I threw them into the garbage quickly.

He goes down stairs this morning to make some sausage for breakast and immediately starts screaming, "DIVA!!!! Where is the sausage?"

"Ummmm, I threw them out."

"Why on earth did you do that?"

"Maybe because it was starting to turn onto a science project."

"It was still in the package though."

"What?"

"It was still on the package. It was still good."

I just stood there looking blank faced for a moment. I blinked my eyes several times in total disbelief. Then I said very calmly, "They started making plastic wraping that prevents food from spoiling now?"

Needless to say he had bacon for breakfast.

Am I the only one that pays attention to that little date on the package?

18 People saying stuff:

lisa q. said...

i'm with you girl...exhusband thought the expiration date was just a 'guideline'...ewwwww....

CapCity said...

i don't eat flesh...well not most of the time. lol! I just wanted to say Hi & I love your blog-name. seems like lots of fun here & I'll check u out again. cheers!

tAnYeTTa said...

i'm a freak about expiration dates. please talk about messing caps (ketchup and mustard) why is it so hard for people to wipe it off when they're done? the next person doesn't want to have dry crusty ketchup tops. ok nevermind. as you can see, i have issues! :)

Vi vi vi vooom!!!!!!!! said...

Having worked in supermarkets many many mango seasons ago, I do know that the expiration date is usually a guideline, and the stuff normally has a couple more days life after the date, so the companies don't get sued for selling stuff out of date. Saying that, TWO WEEKS????????

laughingattheslut said...

The expiration date is a guideline. Stuff is usually good for a little bit longer. Once in a great while, it goes bad before the expiration date. Some stuff will last longer depending on the condition of your frig, and if it's something that can be frozen that might work for another three to six months.

But the thing is that you pay attention to the expiartion dates, and you don't want to risk your health eating something that would have just cost like three dollars to replace anyway. You're not starving or anything, so there's no reason to do that. If it looked okay and smelled okay, then it was probably okay. But if he had gone to the kitchen first and made the sausage before you saw the problem, and you ate some of it, and then you saw the wrapper and the date afterward, then just that probably would have made you sick just from thinking about it, even if it was still okay. It's your body and you'd be the one to get sick, so if it bothers you don't eat it.

And I hate to tell you this, but sometimes the store will repackage stuff with a different expiration date. So you may have eaten something that was past the date even if you didn't know it.

It's probably no big deal. If you remember some of your history lessons, America was "discovered" looking for a new trade route to someplace where people bought spices. Spices were a big deal back then, because people were eating meat that had already started to smell, and the spices hid the smell and the bad taste. So people used to eat stuff that was way past the expiration date, and most of the time it didn't kill them.

abbagirl74 said...

This little post is something very similar that happens at my house all of the time. I am a perishable merchandiser for a major grocery chain, so expiration dates and fresh food are my business. I don't even eat a slice of bread the day after. Everything gets thrown into the trash. My boyfriend can't stand it.

*B* said...

haha! I ALWAYS look at the expiration date for everything! Yogurt especially! I so wanted some yogurt this morning, but the date expired yesterday and I had to throw it out! No 'live' cultures for me!

CapCity said...

& thanx for adding me to your list:-)

Jasmineflower said...

Hi Diva, i am back from Kenya and i have so missed reading everyones blogs!!!

So much to catch up on.....

lol yes i read the expiration dates as well!!

Single Ma said...

I'm an expiration date fanatic too, especially on bread and dairy products. However, I'm a little flexible when it comes to meat. If I bought it before the expiration date, then took it home and put it in the freezer, I'd still eat it after the exp. date. That's assuming it looked and smelled OK after thawing.

In other words, it depends on what it is.

Nicole said...

I always mind the expiration date. I hate wasting food, but it's there for a reason.

Princess Extraordinaire said...

I HAVE to look at the expiration date as I refuse to eat/drink anything that is past it's prime....

Bklyn Diva said...

LMAO.. girl I am with you.. no such thing.. I was PISSED the other day when my salad dressing was expired.. brand new bottle!!! LOL I learned certain things don't buy a lot of even if it is on "sale" LOL

LMAO @ they still good hahahaaaa

Mizrepresent said...

Hi Diva,

Thanks for dropping by my spot...I don't pay attention much to expiration dates, at least not until my son points them out...he has me buying those luncheables and i remember bringing home some, he didn't eat them and when i asked why, he pointed out that they were already expired, unopened packages. I threw away my receipt and so just had to shuck them. He is the one in this house who pays attention to dates...he won't even drink the milk after the date, "sale by"...me, i'm funny about frozen food, anything to iced down, i'm not eating...I guess i'm scared of freezer burn.

CarmenSinCity said...

hehehehe - guys are so stupid :)

dc_speaks said...

I am the primary shopper.

I pay attention to dates!! I look at dates on everything from milk to the top of canned foods.

Unlike what carmensincity just stated. We are not stupid.

This has been my public service announcment. LOL

yerdoingitwrong said...

heeeheeeeeeee! boys are funny creatures. My hubby would notice the expiration date if he ever bothered to clear out the fridge. But, nah. Why do that?

MsJayy said...

Hi Diva! Found my way over from Single Ma's spot. love the look & feel of your blog.

I'm anal about expiration dates too. It adds time to my shopping time but I don't play with dates. If it's meat purchased before the expiration date and it's in my freezer, I might let it go. But other stuff? No way. I'm tossing it.