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I had a cooked spaghetti squash in the fridge -- no spaghetti sauce left (I've been eating a lot of spaghetti squash w/sauce lately).  So I searched my pantry... voila! I found some.  Ugh, Ragu -- it's all I've got, it'll have to do.

The use by date was Nov -- of 2003. 

Now, it's tomatoes, which are highly acidic and garlic, in a glass jar.  The sauce seems to have darkened a bit, but there was no mold or "ick." 

Yes, of course, I'm eating it.  I'm the person who ate the pizza that spent the night under the bed in the dorm room -- and still "store" it overnight inside the oven instead of the fridge because I don't like cold pizza. Not that I'm eating a lot of pizza these days.

Regardless, I believe, I should be ok -- what do you think?

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Oh my God.

I seriously would have died.SurprisedYell

Once, I was served an "expired" Fuzzy Navel. Spotted mold. Puked instantly.

My aversion is 90% mental, but quite honestly, you can get ill from expired products. I don't recommend doing that again.

 

Let us know how your stomach & GI tract are tomorrow! ;)

I think canned/jarred tomatoes are something you're not supposed to mess around with. Botulism, right?

I am a mold-scraper-offer and eater-anyway, and I sniff and eat leftovers that make my bf shudder. But I don't think you're supposed to fool around with canned tomatoes.

You'll be fine. Maybe do not repeat though.

As long as the "pop up" thing on the lid was still down, you're okay.

Canned and jarred food should stay good for YEARS past any expiration date, although the taste may degrade signficantly. Warning signs:

- the lid doesn't pop when you open a "sealed" product like a jar of something

- the metal rim on the can is rusted or otherwise damaged

- the smell or texture is significantly different than what it should be

- there are bubbles (especially true with tomato-based products) which is a sign of early fermentation.

 

Haha that's so funny that you posted this!  I was thinking about making a thread to see what people had to say about old tomato sauce in the fridge.  Was this jar of Ragu already opened, or was it still "new" despite being 5 years old?  It always irks me that I buy and use a bit of jarred tomato sauce and then don't use the rest of it for a long time, and I look for an expiration date on the jar and there's nothing.  All it says is "Refridgerate After Opening" -- yeah, but for how long?!

thanks folk

I'm ok -- been almost 12 hours since I ate it -- no problems. 

The seal on the jar was still good, I heard the lovely pop when I opened it.

corduroy - you're right about canned tomatoes -- you do have to watch it, because they are so acidic -- but that's also what makes them keep so so long, and also why I felt ok w/eating the jar of spaghetti sauce.

madeto - as long as the tomato sauce doesn't have meat in it, or cheese, I feel comfortable keeping it in the fridge and still using it after a few months weeks -- I'm the only one who eats in my house and even the small jars are too big.  With no room in my tiny apartment freezer.

I think most people these days are too hung up on expiration and best before dates. Yogurt keeps weeks after the best before date!

What about decades ago when there was no expiration date on food?  People used their eyes and nose! If it smells ok and looks ok it probably is.  I've never gotten sick from anything i've eaten!

Original Post by singing_girl:

I think most people these days are too hung up on expiration and best before dates. Yogurt keeps weeks after the best before date!

 

Well, essentially yogurt is already spoiled food, so you cna't make that argument.  Tomatoes naturally spoil, so I'm not so sure about something that expired 5 years ago.  But like everyone said, if it tastes fine, I'm sure it's not *too* big of a deal :D

Original Post by coach_k:

I had a cooked spaghetti squash in the fridge -- no spaghetti sauce left (I've been eating a lot of spaghetti squash w/sauce lately).  So I searched my pantry... voila! I found some.  Ugh, Ragu -- it's all I've got, it'll have to do.

The use by date was Nov -- of 2003. 

Now, it's tomatoes, which are highly acidic and garlic, in a glass jar.  The sauce seems to have darkened a bit, but there was no mold or "ick." 

Yes, of course, I'm eating it.  I'm the person who ate the pizza that spent the night under the bed in the dorm room -- and still "store" it overnight inside the oven instead of the fridge because I don't like cold pizza. Not that I'm eating a lot of pizza these days.

Regardless, I believe, I should be ok -- what do you think?

 

 

ummmm---GROSS!!!!!!!!!!!!! Like an episode of Hoarders...yuck--throw it OUT!!!!



yep!

zombie hoarders!

Yes, I am a zombie hoarder. I have an overwhelming urge to collect zombies and stick them under my bed. I need to trade that out and become a stupid people hoarder. There is an abundance of stupid people on this site. 

I've heard zombie hoarders live under bridges and are stalked by mods.

Original Post by wisdomofvoodoo:

Yes, I am a zombie hoarder. I have an overwhelming urge to collect zombies and stick them under my bed. I need to trade that out and become a stupid people hoarder. There is an abundance of interesting people on this site. 

 there, fixed that for ya.

There is an abundance of catty insecure witches on here

Wasn't there a House episode where someone did that and some wierd bacteria in the sauce nearly killed them???

Let me see -- I wrote the thread in October 2008, I am actually still here.  And healthy, and never got sick.

Foods with high levels of acids, "canned" in glass, are generally safe for many years past the government imposed 'best by" date.

Tin cans, or glass where the vacuum seal has failed, are a completely different story -- botulism is then very much a danger.  And deadly.

Original Post by coach_k:

Let me see -- I wrote the thread in October 2008, I am actually still here.  And healthy, and never got sick.

Foods with high levels of acids, "canned" in glass, are generally safe for many years past the government imposed 'best by" date.

Tin cans, or glass where the vacuum seal has failed, are a completely different story -- botulism is then very much a danger.  And deadly.

that's the bacteria I was thinking of, thank you. 

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