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(NPR)   Grocery stores are now auctioning off their expired and damaged food. With helpful picture of what an auctioneer hawking expired cheesy puffs might look like   (npr.org) divider line 82
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2012-08-23 11:21:00 PM
Do not get stoned and go to that auction.

/just sayin
 
2012-08-23 11:32:23 PM
I don't worry about those dates much but we once had a somewhat odd acquaintance stay with us who did. While we were at work she threw out every food item in the refrigerator or pantry that was past its "sell by" date. It wasn't a matter of being helpful or anything, it was just something that had to be done in her view.

Never been near her since.
 
2012-08-23 11:40:02 PM
Oooo, I see a premise for an exciting new show on A&E!
 
2012-08-23 11:42:12 PM
It always kills me that bottled water has an expiration date.
 
2012-08-23 11:49:07 PM
♫ I like the enchiladas and the teriaki too
I even like the chicken,
if the sauce is not too blue... ♫
 
2012-08-23 11:50:58 PM

fusillade762: It always kills me that bottled water has an expiration date.


Blame New Jersey

/yet another thing to mock them for
 
2012-08-24 12:17:16 AM
Why are they comparing this to The Dating Game? Are we talking about particularly moist zucchini?
 
2012-08-24 12:52:28 AM
Drug stores are now auctioning off their expired drugs.

Why wouldn't they eventually want to sell that?
 
2012-08-24 01:32:58 AM

jaylectricity: Drug stores are now auctioning off their expired drugs.

Why wouldn't they eventually want to sell that?


Rx required, or can I pick up some vikes and oxies that expired a bit a while ago, no questions asked? I ask hypothetically...for a friend.
 
2012-08-24 01:37:49 AM

basemetal: Do not get stoned and go to that auction.

/just sayin


too late.

Seriously though, how do I find a local food auction?
 
2012-08-24 02:14:38 AM
anyone know how long kimchee will last in my fridge once I open it?
what about pickles?
 
2012-08-24 02:39:25 AM
Ultra-pasteurized milk is another good thing. Regular milk has an expiration date of only about a week. The ultra stuff has an expiration date of a month or so on and I've opened a carton about 4 weeks after the expiration date and had no problems with it.

For perishable foods, do the smell test before using. If it smells funky, don't eat it. For stable foods, it may be dried out a bit more than fresher stuff, but it's not going to hurt you.
 
2012-08-24 02:53:35 AM
"It's not illegal to sell most expired food"

Sounds like a court case waiting to happen. Having done marketing for a plethora of food retailers and restaurants, they are so shiat-scared someone will get ill if they donate food 1 second past its expiry date they never give it to the homeless and wouldn't even contemplate selling it. Some of them even padlock their dumpsters.
 
2012-08-24 04:19:51 AM
Quite the first world problems we have in this modern era; we can't sell food fast enough before we have to discard it.

Stores should stick to donating the food. Helps ease the financial burden on families that need it most. The auction probably has more than a few people that can afford regular prices, but are there just to save a few bucks.
 
2012-08-24 06:23:07 AM
Ever wonder where the dollar stores get their stuff?

Wonder no more.

45 dollar bid it now a 50 dollar 50
Will you gimmie 50 make it 50
Bidin' it on a 50 dollar will you gimmie 50.
Who'll bid a 50 dollar bid?
50 dollar bid it now, 55, will you gimmie 55
To make it a 55 to bid at 55.
Sold that hog expired food for a 50 dollar bill.
 
2012-08-24 06:34:28 AM
Speaking of, why don't they make these anymore?

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I remember these from when I was a kid. They should bring them back.
 
2012-08-24 06:38:25 AM
Every year, U.S. grocers discard $10 billion to $15 billion in unsold products. The items might be damaged, discontinued, seasonal or food that's just close to its sell-by date.

Products are actually thrown away with time left on the sell by date or because the packaging was damaged? Over here we just put a sticker on it and sell it for 65% of the original price. I always used that as a cheap way to stock up on meat. just buy it and freeze it so it'll keep for a few days (you could still eat that stuff a month later). It is also a great way to buy cut vegetable mixes for curry or what not, that way I won't be stuck with tons of left overs and because it goes into a curry you won't really notice the "not exactly fresh" look.
 
2012-08-24 06:47:52 AM

Doc Daneeka: Speaking of, why don't they make these anymore?


because your too fat
 
2012-08-24 06:52:52 AM

Jon iz teh kewl: Doc Daneeka: Speaking of, why don't they make these anymore?

because your too fat


your too smart


In related news, we had a bread store in my home town that bought all of the expiring bread products from the area and sold them real cheap. It was funny that it was called "The Bread Store" and no one bought actual bread there, because who wants stale ass bread?

Motherfarking carrot cakes. The rectangle ones with the too thick icing I usually scraped off. Mmm mmm biatch!
 
2012-08-24 06:54:15 AM

jaylectricity: Drug stores are now auctioning off their expired drugs.

Why wouldn't they eventually want to sell that?


.
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I asked my pharmacist "why does every prescription have the same expiration date, 12 months from date of issue. She explained to me that the expiry date was BS required by the government. She showed me that giant jar that my pills came from and it had an expiry date five years out. Pills are comprised of fairly stable chemicals, its not like they're fresh fruit.
 
2012-08-24 06:57:09 AM

Doc Daneeka: They should bring them back.


Yes please.
 
2012-08-24 07:01:33 AM

MayoSlather: Quite the first world problems we have in this modern era; we can't sell food fast enough before we have to discard it.

Stores should stick to donating the food. Helps ease the financial burden on families that need it most. The auction probably has more than a few people that can afford regular prices, but are there just to save a few bucks.


Not to thread jack, but stores already donate to homeless shelters and food banks. Most "homeless" don't want it. Ever tried offering to buy a homeless guy panhandling a meal? They look at you funny and demand your money instead. Funny thing, but food normally isn't sold or taken by injection, while what the homeless really want often is.
 
2012-08-24 07:08:25 AM
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2012-08-24 07:09:21 AM

fusillade762: It always kills me that bottled water has an expiration date.


You can thank New Jersey for that.

SpaceyCat: Regular milk has an expiration date of only about a week.


15 days after pasteurization.
 
2012-08-24 07:19:32 AM
Lots of parts of the country have "discount supermarkets" where most of the product is like this. I know that Central PA has quite a few, in part because a lot of the wholesalers that serve the Northeast have warehouses.
Pretty good deals on some stuff, of course you have to know what you're buying and don't buy anything you wouldn't buy normally. Some of the stuff is a little bland though. Lots of comfort food, lots of varieties that were tried and didn't sell. Lots of store brands.
 
2012-08-24 07:23:33 AM
wouldn't it be funny if Stephen Hawking was Hawking something other than Hawking routers.
 
2012-08-24 07:39:39 AM

david_gaithersburg: jaylectricity: Drug stores are now auctioning off their expired drugs.

Why wouldn't they eventually want to sell that?

.
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I asked my pharmacist "why does every prescription have the same expiration date, 12 months from date of issue. She explained to me that the expiry date was BS required by the government. She showed me that giant jar that my pills came from and it had an expiry date five years out. Pills are comprised of fairly stable chemicals, its not like they're fresh fruit.


While it is a valid point that most dry substances are pretty stable, you have no way of knowing if the pills that were issued to you were from a 5-year jar that is within a year of it's own date. Other factors that can affect pills are the environment they are stored in - humidity and heat can seriously degrade some drugs even before their normal life expectancy, and pill containers are not exactly hermetically sealed. 

/I keep some meds for several years based on common sense and the Googles. Unfortunately, not everyone is equipped with those, which is why the BS rule exists.
 
2012-08-24 07:39:46 AM
I was expecting people to be bidding on cart fulls of cheesy poofs at a time. Who the fark goes to an auction to buy one bag of cheesy poofs for a buck fity, when you can just go to the store and get a fresh bag for 2 dollars?

Yeah, dates for things like vinegar is stupid. Vinegar has been found that was 1000s of years old. Still good. The date should say "Expires:Rapture". Instead of people being afraid of 'something that is 6 years old' they should have some common sense. How old is that water you're drinking? I bet it's been around for a while. Just the other night, I had some Mae Ploy sweet chili sauce that expired two years ago.

Though I admit the only thing I don't fark with is expired milk. I had a bad experience with expired milk when I was a kid. Late night, wanted milk. Grabbed a jug from the back of the fridge. It was bad. Lumpy bad. To this day, when it hits the expired date, that farker goes in the trash. Everything else is fair game.

As far as expired meds...do people think they turn into poison after 3 months? The worse that happens to expired meds is that they don't work as well as they lose potency after time. If you find an old bottle of Vicodin that expired a year ago, they still work. Not that I would know from personal experience...
 
2012-08-24 07:41:37 AM
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2012-08-24 07:42:38 AM
i'll take 1 bottle of HydrocodoneAPAP 10/500 thanks.
 
2012-08-24 07:57:51 AM

Jon iz teh kewl: i'll take 1 bottle of HydrocodoneAPAP 10/500 thanks.


I'll take two!
 
2012-08-24 07:58:40 AM

Generation_D: MayoSlather: Quite the first world problems we have in this modern era; we can't sell food fast enough before we have to discard it.

Stores should stick to donating the food. Helps ease the financial burden on families that need it most. The auction probably has more than a few people that can afford regular prices, but are there just to save a few bucks.

Not to thread jack, but stores already donate to homeless shelters and food banks. Most "homeless" don't want it. Ever tried offering to buy a homeless guy panhandling a meal? They look at you funny and demand your money instead. Funny thing, but food normally isn't sold or taken by injection, while what the homeless really want often is.


While no one sane would argue that there isn't a high incidence of alcoholics and addicts among the homeless, panhandling poulation (often funding the addiction is what put them on the street in the first place), i have, in fact, given meals to a few who have gladly taken them. There are different kinds of people who are homeless- a lot are on the street because they perfer injections to meals, even more are crazy (all kinds of levels of crazy) and off meds, and some really have found hard times. Try actually talking to one (not one who is obviously an addict or completely insane because that could be dangerous) and maybe you'll be surprised.

Though i will say (in my area at least), a lot of the panhandlers that are appearing nowadays aren't really homeless or even desperate. That what pisses me off because it keeps people from giving to those who are really in need.
 
2012-08-24 07:58:52 AM
How can you tell if sour cream has gone bad?
 
2012-08-24 07:58:57 AM
And yes, I would also love to see those cheese balls come back.
 
2012-08-24 08:03:52 AM
Under Socialism, surplus was never a problem.
moonbattery.com
 
2012-08-24 08:10:25 AM

Crackers Are a Family Food: And yes, I would also love to see those cheese balls come back.


Trust me, if people were willing to buy them, other people would be selling them.
 
2012-08-24 08:16:34 AM
Here is an interesting article on the shelf life of medicine

Link
 
2012-08-24 08:27:29 AM

namatad: anyone know how long kimchee will last in my fridge once I open it?
what about pickles?


Both will last basically forever. Pickling will do that for you. That whole "soaking vegetables in salt" thing.
 
2012-08-24 08:30:51 AM

dryknife: How can you tell if sour cream has gone bad?


I know it's a joke, but sour cream tends to attract some nasty molds.
 
2012-08-24 08:38:09 AM

dryknife: How can you tell if sour cream has gone bad?


That's a damned good question.
CSB moment: Many years ago when I was still dating my wife, the whole family decided to go on a camping outing in the middle of the Ogre-fen-ogre swamp, in the dead of winter. Asking what I could bring along, the future In-laws suggested "Some of [my] famous chip dip", which amounted to the largest tub of Albertson's whole fat sour cream, with an entire package of Lipton brand Kosher Vegetable Soup Mix, and a little extra garlic. We had fun (sometimes winter in South GA can be annoyingly hot), ate a lot, but not so much of the dip was consumed.

Fast-forward to July 4th the next year. We're all helping to set the table for dinner, and I'm looking for condiments and whatnot, and am thoroughly disgusted at the state of the "Spoiler" drawer in the 'fridge, among other things. I like a CLEAN refrigerator, and this thing looked like the back end of a meth head's trailer inside (in complete contrast to the rest of the home which was immaculate.) Lo and behold, I happened to spot a tub of sour cream which had conveniently already been converted into dip! So I put it out, but oddly no one else would touch it. Somewhere during the course of the meal, someone asks "are you feeling okay?" and I was all like "yeah, just fine, WHY?", and I began to understand the whispers when it dawned on me that no one else in the home could make dip that tasted like mine. I checked the bottom of the tub for the expiration date, and it had been for late December of the previous year.

It was perfectly fresh. Somewhere between the salt, the natural acid, the coldness of the back of their otherwise horrid 'fridge, and a small miracle, the stuff was perfectly preserved. I ate it up, but no one else would touch it!
Now in case you were wondering, I didn't think anything of it at the time because 1) they also had Albertsons in their town at the time, and 2) the recipé wasn't exactly a National Secret.

.................

AS to licorice, I really wish companies would quit calling that black shiat by that name; the black plastic vomit strings haven't been made with real licorice in decades or more, and the putrid flavoring that is used is from the European Anise plant. What most people think of as "licorice" is actually just concentrated Anise seed oil or extract. BLECH! 

True licorice root is an amazingly mild flavor, perfect for (and used in) most herbal teasanes, and makes a great sugar alternative for everything but coffee and baking, with polysaccharides that are actually 100x sweeter than sucrose. The only bad part is that it's almost a delayed reaction sweetness, kind of a "back of the tongue" thing, so when used in herbal medicine teasanes, it takes a second to kick in after the bitter hits you first :P
 
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2012-08-24 08:38:40 AM

fusillade762: It always kills me that bottled water has an expiration date.


in my town we have a saying....

if it's brown drink it down, if its black, send it back
 
2012-08-24 08:43:56 AM

meanmutton: namatad: anyone know how long kimchee will last in my fridge once I open it?
what about pickles?

Both will last basically forever. Pickling will do that for you. That whole "soaking vegetables in salt" thing.


That depends on the quality of the brine and the resultant amounts of lactic acid formed by the fermentation; it has been my experience with home canning and store-bought product, that the "healthier" the pickling (less salt), the more likely it is to turn over time. When I make my own home-fermented product, I hesitate to use anything other than strong saline with a shot of white vinegar from the get-go, and the result is pickles that can last for no less than two years in perfect condition in the 'fridge, and maybe a year on the shelf if unopened. A 35° F refrigerator is your friend; anything above 42° and the quality won't last quite as long (although you never have to worry about frozen milk, produce, or eggs), and open and on the shelf is asking for trouble. Botulinum doesn't like acid, but salt is negligible, so a weak acid product warmer than 50° F is begging for a bad case of Botulism. Ask yourself: how long has this been warm? Does it smell less than fresh? Is my life worth throwing away on a bad case of rotten rotted hot cabbage?
 
2012-08-24 08:45:02 AM

smitty04: Crackers Are a Family Food: And yes, I would also love to see those cheese balls come back.

Trust me, if people were willing to buy them, other people would be selling them.


Not true. The food products I love the best always get discontinued.
 
2012-08-24 08:46:24 AM

MythDragon: Though I admit the only thing I don't fark with is expired milk. I had a bad experience with expired milk when I was a kid. Late night, wanted milk. Grabbed a jug from the back of the fridge. It was bad. Lumpy bad. To this day, when it hits the expired date, that farker goes in the trash. Everything else is fair game.


How could you drink lumpy milk?

If the milk is past the sell by date, I smell it. If it smells okay I'll take a small sip. It generally won't taste fresh but if it's a day or 2 past it's usually drinkable. If it tastes bad though I spit it out and it's done.

The dates on eggs are ridiculous. Eggs last way longer than the date on the carton - months even. Years ago a producer got in trouble for simply relabeling eggs that were returned because they had "expired". IIRC they were busted by a whistleblower, not because anyone got sick.
 
2012-08-24 08:49:03 AM

smitty04: Under Socialism, surplus was never a problem.
[moonbattery.com image 390x319]


Um, that's a Command Economy, something none of the Democratic Socialist states in Europe practice.
 
2012-08-24 08:51:20 AM

fusillade762: Oooo, I see a premise for an exciting new show on A&E!


Honey Boo Boo did it.
 
2012-08-24 08:53:17 AM
There's a shop in Loveland, Colorado called Esh's. They specialize in this stuff, but, they don't auction it.. they just sell really really cheap. It's not garbage food either. Italian Drinking Chocolate: Normally $8 for 13oz. At Esh's - .59 Organic Cereal: Normally $4 a box. Esh's - $1.79. Tortilla shells: $4.00. At Esh's .49
I've got thru check out figuring about $180 in goods, to have the bill actually come out to $60.
It's mainly dry goods.
 
2012-08-24 08:53:31 AM

atomic-age: smitty04: Crackers Are a Family Food: And yes, I would also love to see those cheese balls come back.

Trust me, if people were willing to buy them, other people would be selling them.

Not true. The food products I love the best always get discontinued.


Same with beauty products. My favorites always end up getting the axe.
 
2012-08-24 08:54:13 AM

smitty04: Crackers Are a Family Food: And yes, I would also love to see those cheese balls come back.

Trust me, if people were willing to buy them, other people would be selling them.


Now I don't get out much, but does not both Mal*Wart and Office Max (or one of those big Office Supply retailers), plus every friggin' Sams/Costco/BJ's Warehouse "Wholesaler" store not have these in five gallon buckets and one gallon barrels? Because I'm pretty damn sure they do.

Allornone: While no one sane would argue that there isn't a high incidence of alcoholics and addicts among the homeless, panhandling poulation (often funding the addiction is what put them on the street in the first place), i have, in fact, given meals to a few who have gladly taken them. There are different kinds of people who are homeless- a lot are on the street because they perfer injections to meals, even more are crazy (all kinds of levels of crazy) and off meds, and some really have found hard times. Try actually talking to one (not one who is obviously an addict or completely insane because that could be dangerous) and maybe you'll be surprised.

Though i will say (in my area at least), a lot of the panhandlers that are appearing nowadays aren't really homeless or even desperate. That what pisses me off because it keeps people from giving to those who are really in need.


Hear hear! I just love disarming the "homeless" panhandlers with that: offering to buy them real food. If they're actually hungry, they'll take it, and if they're a scumbag or druggie, they demand cash for their "special medicines" or "special diapers" for their "kids". Strangest thing that ever happened to me in that situation was last year, outside of a restaurant where I saw a homeless guy pushing a cart while sitting in a wheelchair. Some of the extended in-laws were berating him, and it royally pissed me off, so I wandered over and asked if there was anything he needed. He said "Food would be good", so I passed him my clean left-overs (I ordered big for take-home anyway) and slipped him a ten under the box. He opened it up and started to chow down, then noticed the money, said "I don't need your cash!" and dropped it on the ground and rolled away. From the looks of him, he was probably a shell-shocked 'Nam vet. I was glad to help, and even happier to shut up my less-than-caring extended family by proving them wrong when I came back with my $10.
 
2012-08-24 08:59:23 AM

namatad: anyone know how long kimchee will last in my fridge once I open it?
what about pickles?


infinity. they get better with age.
 
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