On Expired Things…

Tonight was another episode of “Oh look, that expired over a decade ago.” I reached into the fridge for some baking powder and saw that it was tucked away in a place where I did NOT leave it. There were two containers! I found the one that I had used previously, however, the first one still looked a little new. I opened it. It looked okay. Then I looked for the expiration date, and yeah, it expired in 2003. The one I use regularly this past year, expired in 2012. This all reminded me of a phone call I had to make to the 1-800 line for Jell-O. Back in the 1990s, when my grandfather used to get bored, he would go to the store and stock on things: bear claws, tea, Kool-Aid, sugar, Jell-O, peanut butter, salad dressing, and so forth. Well, one day he came back with about 20 boxes of orange, fruit punch, strawberry, and cherry flavored Jell-O. I may have made a few boxes here and there but we certainly were not heavy Jell-O eaters. Upon cleaning the kitchen and organizing the cupboards I remember tucking the boxes, nicely stacked, into a corner in the cupboard. I was in high school so that would place the purchase of these boxes in the mid-1990s. Fast forward to around 2007 when I was organizing the cupboard and I stumble upon these boxes now mixed in with newer boxes of Jell-O. My grandfather was now ill and being taken care of so he was not diving into all of the j-e-l-l-o. Mom had look for the expiration dates and all I saw were these long codes with letters and numbers. So I called the phone number on the back of the box and a nice lady answered the phone. I told her that I had some boxes with funny codes and she basically said, “oh oh, we don’t use those codes anymore but I can find out how old those are.” So I read off one of the codes and yeah: 1995. It’s funny how things get neglected and abandoned so quickly in a house. There’s some more Random Ridiculousness.

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