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Old 09-19-2015, 11:37 AM   #11
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Companies put best by dates on their products hoping you will consume it quickly and buy more.

There is a reason that canned goods were the main food source stocked in fallout shelters. As long as the can stays sealed, the contents are pretty much good for a millennium or two. Has anyone ever looked to see if there is a best by date on their honey? That would be hilarious.
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Old 09-19-2015, 12:30 PM   #12
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Something to look out for with canned foods is whether there is a dent on the can, especially on the soldering seam.

4 Ways How To Tell If A Dented Can Of Food Is Safe To Eat
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Old 09-19-2015, 12:47 PM   #13
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I needed to open a new bottle of Worcestershire sauce (big one from Costco) and looked at the date. 2013!
Took all this time to use the first one we opened.
I used it and put the bottle in the fridge.
Am I safe?

Mine is of similar vintage. I'm using it.
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Old 09-19-2015, 05:20 PM   #14
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Used it, ate it, we are fine! Thanks, everyone!
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Old 09-19-2015, 05:25 PM   #15
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My point exactly! There are a number of foods that don't expire per se. Honey, for example, can never be subject to mould or bacteria so it will never spoil. Salt, sugar etc will never spoil as well, but it doesn't stop ants from attacking it ;-)
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Old 09-19-2015, 06:14 PM   #16
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Ants go after sugar, but not salt. It would dehydrate them to death.
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Old 09-19-2015, 06:20 PM   #17
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A buddy of ours, who has apiaries and sells honey in Mexico, told me many distributers cut their honey with brown sugar, corn syrup, or other sweeteners. That might cut the shelf life a bit. Also, a lot of the honey here in the states isn't real, particularily if it comes from China.

Otherwise, real honey should have no expiration date, the honey found in Egyptian tombs was still good!
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A buddy of ours, who has apiaries and sells honey in Mexico, told me many distributors cut their honey with brown sugar, corn syrup, or other sweeteners. That might cut the shelf life a bit. Also, a lot of the honey here in the states isn't real, particularly if it comes from China.

Otherwise, real honey should have no expiration date, the honey found in Egyptian tombs was still good!
+1. One of my fellow master gardeners has hives and sells his honey at the farmers market, where I buy it, so I know it's real. And it has a wonderful flavor. If people have the option of buying local honey directly from beekeepers, I recommend it.
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Some states (and maybe all states) have a requirement that all products be dated. So you can't reliably base a quality decision based on whether or not the honey has a sell by date.
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+1. One of my fellow master gardeners has hives and sells his honey at the farmers market, where I buy it, so I know it's real. And it has a wonderful flavor. If people have the option of buying local honey directly from beekeepers, I recommend it.
At the Topsfield Fair, the beekeepers all showcase their products with the signs telling you what flowers the pollen was gathered from. And you can also participate in collecting the honey from the combs and cleaning the honey.

As a kid I got my fill of honey when we went down to the cranberry bogs. We would put a handful of cranberries and then go over to a hive, pull out a comb, shake off the bees and suck the honey off. Cranberries alone very sour!
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