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(io9)   Honey is pretty much the only food that doesn't go bad. Why?   (io9.com) divider line 195
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2013-08-30 05:24:29 PM
because bees don;t have refrigerators.
 
2013-08-30 05:26:26 PM
Because its almost pure sucrose and no bacteria can live in its environment.

You can pickle things with sugar as well as salt.
 
2013-08-30 05:33:56 PM
It's bee sh*t

/how bad could it get?
 
2013-08-30 05:43:09 PM
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2013-08-30 05:57:44 PM
Less known is that sago also doesn't go bad.  When it is first processed, within a day or so it starts smelling like it's spoiled.  But that's it.  It doesn't go bad (the smell goes away when it is cooked).  It can be left unrefrigerated for long periods of time in tropical areas in which pretty much everything immediately rots.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2013-08-30 06:07:45 PM
Vinegar?  Salt?  Sugar?

That's kind of like asking what's the only edible orchid?

Is it vanilla or salep?
 
2013-08-30 07:18:53 PM
I don't know, Sugartits.
 
2013-08-30 07:23:02 PM
Unlike subby's mom's snatch, which I can attest is very rotten
 
2013-08-30 07:31:28 PM
Sugar doesn't go bad.
 
2013-08-30 07:32:45 PM
I have a twinkie from 1986 that is still edible.  So your theory is incorrect, subby.
 
2013-08-30 07:34:14 PM
Keep flour in an airtight container and it will last for nearly forever, subby.
Dried fruit, too.
 
2013-08-30 07:55:08 PM
"Honey is magic."

Article done in one sentence. What's the writer's Fark handle.
 
2013-08-30 08:05:29 PM
Because it's sugar.  Sugar doesn't go bad.

What do I nguyen?
 
2013-08-30 09:02:59 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: It's bee sh*t

/how bad could it get?


No it isn't

/Bee barf
 
2013-08-30 09:17:15 PM
Bullshiat. Bourbon doesn't go bad either.
 
2013-08-30 09:18:43 PM
And Keef Richards too.
 
2013-08-30 09:19:14 PM
Had to throw out a bunch of shortening that had gone bad the other day.
 
2013-08-30 09:20:03 PM
Maraschino Cherries have a half-life of 4.3 billion years....
 
2013-08-30 09:20:43 PM

Lsherm: I have a twinkie from 1986 that is still edible.


How do you know?
 
2013-08-30 09:22:23 PM
Most peanut butter also doesn't really go bad either.  The oil can start becoming rancid, but the amount of salt and sugar keeps it from getting rotten or moldy. Although it can still be contaminated by bacteria, but that doesn't happen if its just sitting in a jar.
 
2013-08-30 09:22:30 PM
Hey, haggis never goes bad. Or at least it can't get any worse.
 
2013-08-30 09:22:54 PM
And Super Honey kills MRSA http://www.superhoney.org/
 
2013-08-30 09:26:00 PM
The term is actually hygroscopic.
 
2013-08-30 09:26:15 PM
Does maple syrup go bad? (or should I say, go worse?)
 
2013-08-30 09:28:51 PM
But the remaining honey in the bottle always hardens and crystallizes... is that not considered "going bad"?

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2013-08-30 09:30:58 PM

empres77: But the remaining honey in the bottle always hardens and crystallizes... is that not considered "going bad"?


If you got bored halfway through the article, I suggest going back to it for your answer.
 
2013-08-30 09:31:13 PM
I beg to differ :

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/and by beg, i mean fap
 
2013-08-30 09:32:18 PM
So stock up on honey for the bunker. Check
 
2013-08-30 09:34:41 PM

empres77: But the remaining honey in the bottle always hardens and crystallizes... is that not considered "going bad"?

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No, it's just solidifying. Heat it up, and it will return to its natural state.
 
2013-08-30 09:35:33 PM

Hollie Maea: Less known is that sago also doesn't go bad.  When it is first processed, within a day or so it starts smelling like it's spoiled.  But that's it.  It doesn't go bad (the smell goes away when it is cooked).  It can be left unrefrigerated for long periods of time in tropical areas in which pretty much everything immediately rots.


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When it goes off, it tastes exactly the same as when it's fresh.
 
2013-08-30 09:36:07 PM
There's also a protein in the sugary bee barf that emits small amounts of hydrogen peroxide if it does get wet.
 
2013-08-30 09:37:34 PM
Sugar.

Salt.

Alcohol.

Vinegar.

How do they work?

/wood smoke to a degree
 
2013-08-30 09:38:16 PM

the_sidewinder: MaudlinMutantMollusk: It's bee sh*t

/how bad could it get?

No it isn't

/Bee barf


David Brenner will confirm
 
2013-08-30 09:38:23 PM
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2013-08-30 09:38:55 PM
www.badassoftheweek.com
/don't care
//don't give a shiat
 
2013-08-30 09:39:58 PM
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2013-08-30 09:41:19 PM

theorellior: There's also a protein in the sugary bee barf that emits small amounts of hydrogen peroxide if it does get wet.


Interesting? Is that why honey tastes so unpleasant?
 
2013-08-30 09:42:18 PM

Nick Nostril: Bullshiat. Bourbon doesn't go bad either.


Mine doesn't last long enough for me to find out.
 
2013-08-30 09:43:09 PM
I find adding water and a small amount of yeast to honey helps to enhance the flavors over time.
 
2013-08-30 09:44:15 PM
I'm still waiting for my cilantro to go good.
 
2013-08-30 09:45:09 PM

LordOfThePings: Hollie Maea: Less known is that sago also doesn't go bad.  When it is first processed, within a day or so it starts smelling like it's spoiled.  But that's it.  It doesn't go bad (the smell goes away when it is cooked).  It can be left unrefrigerated for long periods of time in tropical areas in which pretty much everything immediately rots.

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When it goes off, it tastes exactly the same as when it's fresh.


I just watched that episode last night. Still funny after about the 35th time.
 
2013-08-30 09:46:41 PM

Canton: theorellior: There's also a protein in the sugary bee barf that emits small amounts of hydrogen peroxide if it does get wet.

Interesting? Is that why honey tastes so unpleasant?


YMMV, my friend. Just means more sugary bee barf for me.

Incidentally, if you drizzle honey into natural-style peanut butter and then stir it until it emulsifies, it's like better than crack.
 
2013-08-30 09:47:38 PM
Am I reading wrong? They say honey shouldn't be in temperatures from 50 to 70 degrees so no fridge. But your fridge should be at most 40 degrees. What am I missing?
 
2013-08-30 09:48:27 PM
You know what else doesn't go bad?  The Baby Jesus.
 
2013-08-30 09:49:26 PM
Hot sauce, pickles, and lowfat milk also never go bad.
 
2013-08-30 09:49:51 PM
Because nothing grows in poop.
 
2013-08-30 09:51:51 PM

theorellior: Incidentally, if you drizzle honey into natural-style peanut butter and then stir it until it emulsifies, it's like better than crack.


"How does it  .... smoke?"
www.nickmongo.com
 
2013-08-30 09:52:39 PM
FTFA:
"So the final key to honey remaining unspoiled is making sure it's well sealed and stored in a dry place."

If it's well sealed, why in the King Fark does it matter where you store it?
 
2013-08-30 09:53:08 PM
Inever go bad.
 
2013-08-30 09:54:21 PM

John Buck 41: Inever go bad.


Well, damn. That didn't turn out quite right.
 
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