I think this article proves my point. It agreed with me that the pull date isn’t some magical date after which the food isn’t any good, And, within the article, Janet Dudek said that the very old food had lower levels of vitamins–(and, oh by the way, no one tasted it, and frankly, it doesn’t sound like they did a lot of testing on it either.)
This debate happens every time this subject comes up, and frankly, I don’t know why I waste my time (I guess because I think good nutrition and food safety are important and I see all sorts of misinformation bandied about on these boards). People want to believe that there is nothing wrong with eating expired food, and in most cases, there isn’t, as long as the food isn’t years past its pull date.
There is a difference in food quality (and that isn’t necessarily something that can be observed) between eating recently expired food and food that expired several years ago. That’s just a fact. There’s also a difference between eating an old jelly, loaded with sugar, that you aren’t eating for the vitamins, and eating canned fruit or vegetables, or meats.
I also said that I’d eat very old food it if I were desperate and had nothing else. But there’s a big difference between being desperate, with nothing else to eat, and being penny wise and pound foolish. I tend to use canned foods if they are within 6 months, maybe a year past their pull date. But if you eat old canned goods and they provide you with little nutrition, or the fats have gone rancid, what have you saved?
If you want to eat the most nutritious food you can (which old canned goods, etc., clearly are not), then you don’t eat food that is years past its pull date.
Now, what the pull date really is for home-canned food is a whole other debate, because the USDA just puts a blanket one year expiration on it all, and clearly that isn’t anything definitive. I have tomatoes canned two years ago sitting in my basement that I intend to use, as long as they look/smell fine. But I will use them up or toss them before next year’s canning season. I also have pickles canned in 2015 and 2016 that I will definitely toss, because they darken and get soft after a year. (One more thing to do before I move!)
Statistics: Posted by anita — Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:41 pm