Eating really old ice cream

  • highforthis

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    Apr 17, 2013 5:22 AM GMT
    I bought a tub of bryers dark chocolate ice-cream back in september of last year, but for some reason, ever since I started living alone, I never seem to have time or desire to enjoy junk food at home, so it's still 90% full.

    Today, almost 8 months later, I suddenly crave dark chocolate ice cream. I googled and found that the worst that can happen is that ice forms and the icecream has a dry texture. I found a bit of ice along the top of the tub, and the surface of the ice cream is a darker brown than the rest, but otherwise it tastes just as good as new! Just had a large bowl of it. Am I gonna die?
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    Apr 17, 2013 6:43 AM GMT
    Yes!

    Can I have the rest of the ice cream when you die?
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    Apr 17, 2013 2:02 PM GMT


    LOL, you'll be fine. icon_wink.gif

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    Apr 17, 2013 2:12 PM GMT
    highforthis said Am I gonna die?

    Yes, and painfully. icon_cry.gif

    In your next life, never keep ice cream in a frost-free freezer for more than a couple-three weeks. The daily auto-defrost cycle lets the contents warm a little, to melt any frost, and then refreezes everything. Over time this allows ice crystals to form in the food, and causes the "freezer burn" you see on some items like red meats.

    For longer storage use a separate deep freeze unit that does not have a frost-free feature. Even then you can't store foods forever, but you can reduce the crystallization you saw in your ice cream. And no, you actually won't die, unless the ice cream totally spoiled and developed dangerous bacteria.
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    Apr 17, 2013 2:30 PM GMT
    meninlove said
    Here's some humour you might enjoy:





    Well, I enjoyed that humor.

    True story:

    Annually I visit my parents in Florida, stopping at the supermarket on my way from the airport to bring food that I'll eat and some staples they'd eat, like milk. Why do I buy food I'd eat?

    My mom sleeps late and my dad and I are up for breakfast. I pour us both a bowl of cereal and their milk and I taste the first bite. This is how the conversation goes:

    "Don't eat it dad, the milk's spoiled."

    "What are you talking about, it's fine." (Dad continues to eat.)

    "Stop, it's rancid."

    "It's fine."

    "Well, I bought milk." (I proceed to dump bowl of cereal and milk in garbage.)

    "What the hell d'ya do that for? That's a waste of money!" ($.35?)

    "Dad, I bought fresh milk. I'm on chemo. My oncologist wouldn't approve of me drinking spoiled milk with my compromised immune system." (Dad continues arguing, yelling. Enter mom, woken from sleep.)

    "What's going on here?" (I repeat myself to mom.)

    "Let me smell it." (Mom tips the gallon of rancid spoiled soured milk to her nostrils, inhales, thoughtfully, and makes a proclamation.)

    "This is good for another five hours."


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    Apr 17, 2013 2:51 PM GMT


    OMG Eagermuscle...LOL!!!!!!!!!!!


  • MikeW

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    Apr 17, 2013 2:56 PM GMT
    eagermuscle said"This is good for another five hours."

    LOL, my parents were exactly the same way. If it wasn't solid yet, it was still good. icon_eek.gif
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    Apr 17, 2013 2:58 PM GMT
    Yes, one day you will die but it won't be because of the ice cream.
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    Apr 17, 2013 3:01 PM GMT
    meninlove said

    LOL, you'll be fine. icon_wink.gif

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    "You're running a food museum here"
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    Apr 17, 2013 3:16 PM GMT
    MikeW said
    eagermuscle said"This is good for another five hours."

    LOL, my parents were exactly the same way. If it wasn't solid yet, it was still good. icon_eek.gif


    My Dad is still like that. 'Use by' dates might as well not exist. He must have the immune system of a sewer rat. I think it's a post-war austerity thing, in the UK anyway. We still had rationing until 1954!
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    Apr 17, 2013 3:21 PM GMT
    **Movie clip** I love Debbie Reynolds! I can always watch her shows/movies and never tire of them.

    Oh yeah OP - you're gonna die! Go eat a Klondike to offset the Breyers. Problem solved!
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    Apr 17, 2013 3:39 PM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 said
    MikeW said
    eagermuscle said"This is good for another five hours."

    LOL, my parents were exactly the same way. If it wasn't solid yet, it was still good. icon_eek.gif


    My Dad is still like that. 'Use by' dates might as well not exist. He must have the immune system of a sewer rat. I think it's a post-war austerity thing, in the UK anyway. We still had rationing until 1954!


    I'm like that too and I didn't live through the Great Depression or the austerities of WWII. I use the smell and taste method to determine if it is ok to eat. A coworker of mine would just throw out her unopened yogurt just because it was passed the expiration date. I would take it from her and open it and smell it. If it smelled fine I'd taste it. If it tasted fine, I'd eat it. There's no sense in throwing out food that hasn't spoiled. My rational is that the food on the inside of the container can't see the expiration date on the outside of the container so it doesn't know by which date it's suppose to be bad. The food doesn't magically spoil on the date on the container, especially if it hasn't been opened.
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    Apr 17, 2013 3:50 PM GMT
    UndercoverMan said
    Ex_Mil8 said
    MikeW said
    eagermuscle said"This is good for another five hours."

    LOL, my parents were exactly the same way. If it wasn't solid yet, it was still good. icon_eek.gif


    My Dad is still like that. 'Use by' dates might as well not exist. He must have the immune system of a sewer rat. I think it's a post-war austerity thing, in the UK anyway. We still had rationing until 1954!


    I'm like that too and I didn't live through the Great Depression or the austerities of WWII. I use the smell and taste method to determine if it is ok to eat. A coworker of mine would just throw out her unopened yogurt just because it was passed the expiration date. I would take it from her and open it and smell it. If it smelled fine I'd taste it. If it tasted fine, I'd eat it. There's no sense in throwing out food that hasn't spoiled. My rational is that the food on the inside of the container can't see the expiration date on the outside of the container so it doesn't know by which date it's suppose to be bad. The food doesn't magically spoil on the date on the container, especially if it hasn't been opened.


    Don't get me wrong. I do the same. I just think my 'spoiled' threshold is somewhat lower than his.
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    Apr 17, 2013 5:14 PM GMT
    Seems like I buy ice cream about once every three or four years, have one serving, and then the carton sits in the back of the freezer until the contents turn into something like cold leather. The water crystalizes and then sublimates away. So it's kind of like a very slow freeze-drying process.
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    Apr 17, 2013 9:08 PM GMT
    If frozen, perfectly OK to eat. The Agriculture department keeps frozen butter for years. If it doesn't taste bad (sometimes frozen foods pick up a "freezer" odor), enjoy. Then worry about your waistline.
  • highforthis

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    Apr 18, 2013 5:21 AM GMT
    Well I guess I'm still alive to talk about it icon_razz.gif Not even a stomach ache

    meninlove said

    LOL, you'll be fine. icon_wink.gif

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    Haha I enjoyed that indeed! That's like my parents!
  • MidwesternKid

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    Apr 18, 2013 5:26 AM GMT
    My mom was cleaning out the pantry. She asked for my help to open some Grape Juice.

    Mom: If you can get this open you can have it.
    Me: Sweet. How old is this stuff?
    Mom: I think I bought it a month ago.
    *I open the bottle*
    Me: It smells off. (I check the date) Mom it expired 2006.
    Mom: Well it probably fermented so it's wine now!
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    Apr 18, 2013 10:46 PM GMT
    Only 8 months old?







    noob
  • Puppy80

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    Apr 18, 2013 11:10 PM GMT
    My mother thinks things will last forever in the freezer. I've seen that movie 'Mother' and love it.
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    Apr 19, 2013 3:21 AM GMT
    Last time I ate ice cream, it was like 20 minutes old and almost melted.

    Does that count?
  • kevmoran

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    Apr 19, 2013 3:56 AM GMT
    My dad is exactly the same way. At one point he had bagels in his freezer so I tried to pull one out and it looked like it was overtaken with moss there was so much mold. He demanded that I not throw it out even though it expired about 3 months prior, then proceeded to cut off all the mold with a butterknife and ate the bagel.

    My mom does the same thing with makeup. No makeup lasts for more than 1-2 years, but she has some eyeshadow from 1996 that she insists is okay to use...
  • The_Guruburu

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    Apr 20, 2013 3:05 AM GMT
    kevmoran saidMy dad is exactly the same way. At one point he had bagels in his freezer so I tried to pull one out and it looked like it was overtaken with moss there was so much mold. He demanded that I not throw it out even though it expired about 3 months prior, then proceeded to cut off all the mold with a butterknife and ate the bagel.

    My mom does the same thing with makeup. No makeup lasts for more than 1-2 years, but she has some eyeshadow from 1996 that she insists is okay to use...


    This is my parents to a T (dad with food, mom with cosmetics). They've rubbed off on me, too.
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    Apr 25, 2013 5:10 AM GMT
    I really love how this post turned into a crazy mother thread. And that Debbie Reynolds video made me literally laugh out loud.