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November 14th, 2005 - Open Knowledge — LiveJournal

Nov. 14th, 2005

10:44 am - That Seventies Oatmeal

Seventies Oatmeal Still Tastes OK
By Joanna Glasner
Story location: http://www.wired.com/news/business/0,1367,69447,00.html

02:00 AM Nov. 14, 2005 PT

Next time you feel compelled to clean out the pantry, don't feel bad about putting it off.

A lot of the old food that's gone beyond the manufacturer's expiration date could still be edible for years or decades longer.

Such are the findings of food science researchers who recently subjected a panel of human tasters to samples of really old food. They discovered that artifacts like 20-year-old dried milk and 28-year-old rolled oats were still perfectly edible and sometimes even tasted OK.

"You'd think that shelf life would be much shorter," said Oscar Pike, one of the professors of food science at Brigham Young University who conducted the study. "But that's not the case."

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