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Loaf of bread with long expiry date. Is this possible?
Posted: 01 September 2012 05:11 AM   [ Ignore ]
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I bought a loaf of bread over one week ago. Today I noticed the tag on is says “Best before 29 01 13”. That’s months away.

I have noticed it’s in unusually good condition for the amount of time it’s been in the fridge (not the freezer). It’s like I only just bought it. I posted a thread about this in another forum site (I won’t say which) and one guy says it’s a mistake.

Am I mistaken? Could the tag be a mistake? Is there some hideous preservative I should be aware of? Should I just watch an episode of Seinfeld and just forget about the loaf of bread?

Yes. My personal life as a university student has plummeted to this level*.

*The previous sentence is in no way meant to degrade the experience of watching a Seinfeld episode.

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Posted: 01 September 2012 04:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Yes it’s very possible

What it means is the bread is so loaded down with preservatives it’s unbelieveable.

My wife found a head of lettuce in the fridge the other day, it was very green
Not too remarkable except it had been in there for over two months. She chucked it
hate to think what they had sprayed it with to keep it that way

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Posted: 01 September 2012 05:20 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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OMG. I am on a low income right now but I don’t like the idea of that.

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Posted: 01 September 2012 05:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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It’s bad when you have to choose between good food and affordable food.

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Posted: 01 September 2012 09:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Yeah, I gotta agree with Sharruma.  This is also what kept foods like Twinkies, Hostess cupcakes etc. so ‘fresh’ too during the 70s and consumers absolutely insisted on such things being nice and springy-spongy long after the plastic had been opened. 

Fresh bread will typically start to mold about 3-4 days after it’s been baked, even if kept in the refrigerator so a ‘freshness’ date is not applicable. 

Not sure about Sharruma’s lettuce though, that’s just plain horrifying!

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Posted: 02 September 2012 06:24 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Notable: Twinkies *do* go stale, pretty quickly, actually.

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Posted: 02 September 2012 09:09 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Sharruma - 01 September 2012 05:40 PM

It’s bad when you have to choose between good food and affordable food.

But if the “affordable food” leads to problems later on is it really “affordable”?

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Posted: 02 September 2012 12:06 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Robin Bobcat - 02 September 2012 06:24 AM

Notable: Twinkies *do* go stale, pretty quickly, actually.

They didn’t (at least back in the early 70s) go moldy, just a bit crusty on the edges after out of the wrapper.  They might not have so many preservatives now as they did then. 

But hey, on the other side of an odd coin, maybe all those preservatives actually also preserve the body that consumes them too.  ‘Maybe’, over time, there’d be perhaps a bit of crust but no mold to an aging body????  That might mean fewer wrinkles and other stuff???

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Posted: 02 September 2012 02:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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hulitoons - 02 September 2012 12:06 PM
Robin Bobcat - 02 September 2012 06:24 AM

Notable: Twinkies *do* go stale, pretty quickly, actually.

They didn’t (at least back in the early 70s) go moldy, just a bit crusty on the edges after out of the wrapper.  They might not have so many preservatives now as they did then. 

But hey, on the other side of an odd coin, maybe all those preservatives actually also preserve the body that consumes them too.  ‘Maybe’, over time, there’d be perhaps a bit of crust but no mold to an aging body????  That might mean fewer wrinkles and other stuff???

Sadly, no. It DOES mean that corspes decompose a lot slower than they used to…

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Posted: 02 September 2012 03:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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So then….......then recipe for zombies….....

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Posted: 03 September 2012 02:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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hulitoons - 02 September 2012 03:25 PM

So then….......then recipe for zombies….....

Yep… ‘Graaaaaainnss….’

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Posted: 04 September 2012 04:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Sometimes I see packages that says use/freeze before date:  ...

But that still seems like an unreasonable amount of time.  Maybe someone was just giving you hope that the world won’t end in December.

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