I’m one of those people who always checks use-by dates. Not only do I check use-by dates, I check those sentences in tiny print that tell you the tub of yoghurt needs to be eaten within seven days of opening, or the ham within four days. I’ll go a day or so beyond the limits, if something looks and smells okay, but that’s about as far as I’ll push it. I had a bad experience with some dodgy mince many years ago, and I’ve never been able to forget it.
Anyway, that’s me. Then there’s a woman calling herself cavefelem who posted on British website Mumsnet a few days ago:
“Just found a jar of cook-in curry sauce with a bb [best before] date of April 2009. Seal is still intact. As it is a curry sauce I’m not sure I will be able to tell if it’s gone off. Shall I just bung it in the slow cooker and not tell DH [darling husband]?”
For many people, the answer was a clear “no”. Or something rather less polite.
“Chuck it in the bin, you grubby mare!” replied ThisPasadenaHomemaker.
“You’d trick your DH into eating seven-year-old food?” asked CelestialLight. “Seriously? That’s vile.”
“Has the apocalypse come and you’re living in a dystopian nightmare world, where humans have formed feral gangs, desperately fighting over the last few surviving resources from before the atomic war?” Sniv wanted to know. “If not, then no, you don’t need to eat seven-year-old jars of curry sauce.”