Friday, March 6, 2009

Expired

Expiration Dates:

As I stare at that white liquid I ponder the question, "Would I drink it?" The answer is a quick, "Hell no." But the bigger question is, "Would I feed it to my kids?" That's where I contemplate. The expiration date was two days ago. Now, I'm not into harming my kids, or putting them through any torture I would not endure, but I also know I am sometimes spastic about food. I have consulted an expert in this category, my sister in law is actually a quality control manager at a dairy plant. She knows her cow milk! And she says it's fine to drink, my husband says it's fine to drink. I, say YUCK!

Same thing goes with food that fell on the floor or washing off a sucker. There is no way I would touch that stuff, but don't think twice about giving it to my kids.

So this got me to wondering what are your food issues? Do you have the same standards for yourself and your kids or would you feed them things you wouldn't touch?

21 comments:

Cammie said...

My MIL told me last weekend that the olive that I had just eaten was a year expired. I almost puked it back up on her

lmt1073 said...

I don't drink milk myself but I've always told my kids, if it smells good then it's still good... lol... but I don't do the 5 second rule with stuff that falls on the floor... if it fell on the floor, it's going in the trash!!!

Crystal said...

LOL, I am so bad with food I totally ignore expiration dates. If it smells or looks bad thats how I tell if it is "expired".. ::gasp:: I even will pick off a moldy piece of bread and eat the rest. That being said there is plenty my kids eat that I would never, like say crackers off the ground, or dropped candy or I give Donni the fat off my chicken.. lol. I wont eat it but he will haha! As far as milk goes that goes way before expiration dates in this house!

Jean said...

When I was in high school I bought a giant cheesecake brownie at the mall. Not 2 minutes or 2 bites in after purchasing my brownie, I dropped it on the nasty mall floor. After spending half my allowance(not really) on a brownie, there was no way I was throwing it in the trash. I picked that puppy up and ate it with out a second thought.
Food issues I has none.

Lauren said...

I feel the same way about milk. If it has passed the expiration date I won't touch it! But if it smells okay I will give to my husband or children. Usually that is a non-issue in my house though because a gallon of milk usually only lasts about 3 three days!

WPMomOf2 (jen) said...

Last month I threw up and then realized it was expired yogurt drinks from walmart!

Stacey @ satcygirl.com said...

Oh I won't drink or eat food that has hit it's expiration date or "sell-by" date. My husband thinks I'm crazy and tries to convince me that the milk is still good the day after the expiration date. But I say "NO WAY!" When it comes to the kids though, I'll let the expiration date slip on cookies or crackers. But I'm still pretty firm on the milk situation!

jadeinmywindow said...

Oh, how funny! That sounds exactly like me.

Last week I was cooking bacon, and I dropped a piece on the floor during the transfer from skillet to plate. I picked it up and made sure it made its way onto my husband's plate instead of mine. :) Shh, don't tell! haha

Mary Teresa said...

Dirt is good for kids. Builds an immune system. Expiration dates are generally just "suggestions" anyway. That's my humble opinion at least. =D

jineen said...

i have a "kiss it up to God" theory that i learned back in 2nd grade-if you drop it and pick it back up within 10 seconds and then kiss it and hold it up to the sky for God to kiss too...then you can eat it. as for my kid? if he takes a sip out of his cup and then walks away and comes back like 10 minutes later, he asks "mommy is it old?" before he drinks it.

Shelly said...

i totally will give my kids and husband for that matter food that i would not eat! BUT I AM PICKY! I will not eat stuff the is expired but i do agree on the milk, it is still good after date on carton, milk is bad when it smells bad or is glumby but I WILL NOT DRINK AFTER EXP DATE BUT MY KIDS AND HUSBAND WILL EAT IT IN CEREAL...but then again they probably dont know its exp! I am weird about my food...my husband and oldest are not so much...my middle one is like me!

heidi said...

Are you freakin' kidding me?!?! If the date on the jug is 3/7/09 then I throw it away at the end of that day if it hasn't been used. The whole "best if used by" dates are there for a reason. They're the last date the mfg will offer a guranteee of freshness. Well, pardon me, but if the MFG of the products doesn't want to offer a guarantee then I don't want to eat it or feed it to those around me.

~~Mel~~ said...

Milk is the only expiration I really stick too...but i'm not a huge fan of milk unless it's really really fresh anyway. I do give it to my boy a day after expiration if it doesn't smell funky.

But when it comes to food falling on the floor...well my motto is "god made dirt and dirt don't hurt" lol.

Kameron said...

The date on the container is the sell by date not the expiry date. I can't stand milk so if it even smells slightly off I won't touch it. I will eat random things like pudding cups that are expired by a couple months. If food falls on the floor and it's not lunch meat or something moist I'll definitely eat it.

Mother Goose said...

LOL, you are funny! No, I have chosen to pollute my kids with my same phobias. If I don't eat it, NOBODY eats it, well EXCEPT mr. incredible he eats anything and it doesn't phase him.

heidi said...

I've blogged about my food expiration weirdness. ONce the date on a particular item hits, that item hits the trash. If the company is willing to guarantee the product past a certain date, then I'm not willing to ingest it or serve it to others. Blech.

Rob said...

I certainly do have the same standards. The date on milk is the sell by date which just means it has to leave the store by then. It is good for up to two weeks after that date. I would not drink it tough!

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M said...

Truman licked Gillian's Girl Scout cookie today. She totally looked like she was going to kill him, then shrugged her shoulders and ate it anyway. I mean, you can't let a little dog slobber stand between you and a thin mint.

Khadra said...

oh I have food issues on top of food issues and I have since I was a kid (OCD) and I definitely cant eat or serve to my kids stuff past the date. It drives my husband nuts the stuff I have issues over with food. No dented cans, I have to know who opened the food to know that it was opened at home not at the store, I wont eat stuff that has been left out.

BUT the food on the floor thing. I wont eat, and I wont give it to my kids on purpose, but if they drop their food and still want to eat it? Meh, whatever. lol!

whereismymind said...

LMAO! I am the same exact way. Glad to know I'm not the only one who would feed it to my kids, but never touch it myself! I thought I was the only freak out there... YAY!

sheila said...

No. lol. I'm much like you though! if it's 'questionable' I'll just do the smell test or the feel test. lol. But if it's for me, I would just throw it out. ha ha (that's sad)