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Old 03-21-2006, 09:51 PM   #11
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When it doubt, throw it out.
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Old 03-22-2006, 11:08 AM   #12
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Wow. I didn't think it would be such a mixed bag of calls. We're fairly split on this one.

Being one that doesn't like to waste anything, that line is drawn when the age of the item surpasses a year. Of course, some stuff turns into a science experiment long before too much time elaspes. In this case, I'd certainly chuck it. Everything has some sort of a shelf life. Some things longer than others. 4 years is a long, long time. Too long in my book.
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Old 03-22-2006, 11:10 AM   #13
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Find that annoying person at the office who drives you crazy and give him a taste. If he does not show up at work the next day then put it in the trash
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Old 03-22-2006, 11:16 AM   #14
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Find that annoying person at the office who drives you crazy and give him a taste. If he does not show up at work the next day then put it in the trash
oh....your bad !
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Old 03-22-2006, 11:27 AM   #15
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I'd throw it out. It'll only take you a minute and a buck or two to make more.
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Old 03-22-2006, 11:33 AM   #16
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It is fine. On the other hand, it probably cost you a quarter to make it. Not much either way. And refrigerated.
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Old 03-22-2006, 11:35 AM   #17
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It is well aged and fully developed now! Italian vinegars are often 10 years old!
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Old 03-22-2006, 12:01 PM   #18
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And the rest of the story is...
It tasted as good as it always did. Looked ok. I used it. No problemo...

But I threw it out and made a new batch- it will be ready in about three years...

OBTW this is the first time I did a shoulder in the crock pot... it was good. Not as good as smokin' for 12 hours, but a whole lot easier.

Trimed it closely- rubbed with mustard, coated liberally with my proprietary rub.... smoked on grill for 30 minutes and gave it a good browning over the hickory fire on all sides- then into the crock pot, with a cup and half or so of cider vinegar- cooked on low for 12 hours... made the house smell so good we almost had to go to a motel to keep from eating it.

Fall off the bone.... sweet, moist... easy!
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Old 03-22-2006, 12:16 PM   #19
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Personally I probably would not eat it but let me tell you a story.

When I first met my wife and we moved in together we brought all her stuff to my apartment, including her refrigerated items. The first 5 years we lived in 4 different apartments. One day while moving I noticed a bottle of ranch dressing that I had noticed the last time we moved. It had never been open and the expiration date on the bottle was 1996. It was now 2003!

I brought this to Jen's attention and we thought it was funny the ranch dressing had moved with us all these years so we decided to leave it in the fridge. Sometime around 2004 her sister was over and we where making dinner. I think you know were this is going. I noticed she had been eating a salad and ranch dressing. I asked her about it and she said we had a brand new bottle of dressing and she had opened it. My stomach fell.

I informed her that the dresisng was our refrigerator mascot and was over 7 YEARS OLD! She said it tasted and fine and is still alive to tell the story. I could not believe it.

As I said, I would probably use some serious judgement but there has been older food eaten without killing anyone.
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Old 03-22-2006, 12:34 PM   #20
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Note to self: STOP buying ranch dressing!
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