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Are we the only ones finding 'hidden treasures' in the pantry?

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We ran out of Bisquick for shortcake, and while going through the pantry found a forgotten cake mix, some 'low carb' and gluten free baking items. Some of these might have been acquired when we were on a low carb weight loss journey, or when DW was (mistakenly it turns out) diagnosed as having ciliac (sp?) disease. Then I got looking behind various selves and on the bottoms of drawers. Not to worry, we really DO empty the fridge/freezer and send odd items to Mount Trashmore. Oh, yes, and there are dog treats in the back/bottom of the pet supplies area that perhaps 'Mr. Bear' was not as fond of the first time they came home from the store, and languished.

Anybody else finding goodies that have been buried behind 'normal' day-to-day items?

When we get released from quarantine, hopefully we'll have either used the perfectly good, but unused pantry items or pitched them and opened up some space to stash stuff we REALLY want to keep around.

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I decided to get the Christmas turkey carcasses out of the freezer the other day to make a big batch of soup. While searching in my pantry for noodles or something to put in the soup, I found a bag of alphabet pasta that was left from when our kids were little. It was the only pasta/noodles our DS#2 wanted in home made soup. He is now 34 yrs old!! The bag was still intact and I had sealed it in a ziploc freezer bag, it looked fine, so I used it anyways. The soup was good and I put some in a container and froze it. We'll do a porch drop off at DS's tomorrow so he can share it with his kids.
I guess I should see what else is lurking in the back of the pantry!:eek:

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Funny you should ask. We just threw out (Thursday) some hamburger meat and frozen rolls. The rolls resembled hardened biscuits, and we could not figure out when we might have used them. Friday, I decided to have waffles for breakfast. It had been a long time. I mixed up the batter, but had a hard time getting the chunks to disappear. Tasted terrible. No fluffiness. I couldn't put a finger on my problem until I looked at the top of the box. "Best if used by 4/17." My bad.
 

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Yeah. Some of the dry baked goods may have met their demise over time. We were looking for some yeast to bake with. The little envelopes were dated Best By 2015 or so. DW proofed one. Dead. No foam. Nothing. So fortunately a local breakfast restaurant re-branded themselves as a foodservice grocery and among their offerings were 1 lb packs of yeast for $8. We're set for years on yeast. The flour in the old mixes doesn't go bad- unless it get buggy- but the old yeast dies. I've been baking some good bread- flour has become available- and begun making some fairly advanced sourdoughs with good results. Problem is with easy access to great bread, that I start to be shaped like Pillsbury's 'Poppin' Fresh' or the Michelin Man.

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Not so much in the pantry, but definitely in the chest freezer. As I was sorting through it, I discovered we have not one, two, or even three bags of frozen corn. We have four bags. All identical, all with valid expiration dates, and only one has been opened. I admit, I like frozen corn, but somebody (no doubt, ME), has been buying it a shade too often. My only excuse is that while shopping at Costco and seeing it there, I tried to remember when I'd last seen it at home. I couldn't remember seeing it in the freezer, so logically, we were "out" of it. Not so much, apparently... :D

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Not so much in the pantry, but definitely in the chest freezer. As I was sorting through it, I discovered we have not one, two, or even three bags of frozen corn. We have four bags. :D
Pantry/freezer, mox nix. Same deal. I was digging deep in the chest freezer recently. I found about 8 jars of apricot 'freezer jam'. Our neighbor brought over waaaay more fresh apricots last Spring than we needed and DW found some 'freezer jam pectin', and put it up. It was a little runny but edible. So we froze the excess. It's still in the bottom of the freezer. Might be time for a space-saving departure.

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While searching in my pantry for noodles or something to put in the soup, I found a bag of alphabet pasta that was left from when our kids were little. It was the only pasta/noodles our DS#2 wanted in home made soup. He is now 34 yrs old!! The bag was still intact and I had sealed it in a ziploc freezer bag, it looked fine, so I used it anyways.
That has got to be a record. I am famous for eating expired food, but I have never found anything that old!
 

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A box of Ghirardelli brownie mix (not yet expired)
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That was the main thing I went to Costco fo last week! I bought 2 boxes. Our cul-de-sac often has pot lucks and they always ask me to bring brownies - because mine are so good! I was out after making a big batch and sharing at Easter. Ours are never on the shelf long enough to expire. :)
 

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The only thing that I found with an expired date is canned salmon. I guess I could make some salmon patties and use those up. Hubs bought those sometime a couple of years ago. I do not think we have ever eaten canned salmon in 52 years!
 

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That has got to be a record. I am famous for eating expired food, but I have never found anything that old!
Yes, I was shocked that a part bag was still there. It's probably only 25 or so years old -but still!! My pantry has deep shelves and unfortunately due to knee problems I normally cant kneel down to look in the back of the bottom shelf. I had pulled out some stuff in front of the bag and then saw the bag. That shelf has now been totally cleaned out and re-arranged thanks to DH's help.
After my Mom went into a nursing home I cleaned out her kitchen as my dad doesn't cook or bake. I found lots of old/expired stuff including a box of Kraft Dinner that had expired 10yrs prior and a leaking can of blueberry pie filling! I also found a bottle of coconut extract from the place my uncle (mom's brother) worked at during high school - he is now 75 yrs old! I don't know if the bottle was obtained when he worked there or later, but I emptied & rinsed out the bottle and mailed it to him, the Hayhoe's Food label was still in great shape. Most of the food items from Mom's kitchen went to the dump.


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Yes, I was shocked that a part bag was still there. It's probably only 25 or so years old -but still!! My pantry has deep shelves and unfortunately due to knee problems I normally cant kneel down to look in the back of the bottom shelf. I had pulled out some stuff in front of the bag and then saw the bag. That shelf has now been totally cleaned out and re-arranged thanks to DH's help.
After my Mom went into a nursing home I cleaned out her kitchen as my dad doesn't cook or bake. I found lots of old/expired stuff including a box of Kraft Dinner that had expired 10yrs prior and a leaking can of blueberry pie filling! I also found a bottle of coconut extract from the place my uncle (mom's brother) worked at during high school - he is now 75 yrs old! I don't know if the bottle was obtained when he worked there or later, but I emptied & rinsed out the bottle and mailed it to him, the Hayhoe's Food label was still in great shape. Most of the food items from Mom's kitchen went to the dump.
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We cleaned out my MIL's pantry in about 1997 and found a can of chicken gravy that, working backward from available clues, had survived at least five moves and forty years. We tossed it.

Meanwhile my MIL has been gone since 2014, and we're still drinking our inheritance of her many, many bottles of liquor. We recently needed whisky for a recipe and found a bottle that definitely came from our wedding, in October 1985. (And that wasn't the oldest bottle by any means.) That coconut extract was probably still fiiiiiiine, as my MIL would have said!
 

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We cleaned out my MIL's pantry in about 1997 and found a can of chicken gravy that, working backward from available clues, had survived at least five moves and forty years. We tossed it.

Meanwhile my MIL has been gone since 2014, and we're still drinking our inheritance of her many, many bottles of liquor. We recently needed whisky for a recipe and found a bottle that definitely came from our wedding, in October 1985. (And that wasn't the oldest bottle by any means.) That coconut extract was probably still fiiiiiiine, as my MIL would have said!

Sounds like the overstocked liquor cabinet at our place. Wine storage, too. Somebody I'm married to ( :rolleyes: ) loves to buy alcohol, but we rarely drink it. The alleged reason is so we'll be ready "when people visit." Doesn't seem to happen much. So there it sits, "aging." :shrug:

Of course, it could be (and has been) worse. My previous spouse drank everything in sight, and was always complaining there was "nothing to drink around here." Good riddance. Lessons learned, for sure. :D

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Sounds like the overstocked liquor cabinet at our place. Wine storage, too. Somebody I'm married to ( :rolleyes: ) loves to buy alcohol, but we rarely drink it. The alleged reason is so we'll be ready "when people visit." Doesn't seem to happen much. So there it sits, "aging." :shrug:

Of course, it could be (and has been) worse. My previous spouse drank everything in sight, and was always complaining there was "nothing to drink around here." Good riddance. Lessons learned, for sure. :D

Dave


I have a wine problem. Mostly a buying-wine problem rather than a drinking-wine problem, but as time progresses, I'm expanding my scope.

My DH recently dragged up from the basement a double-size bottle of red wine that I had stashed on the wine rack down there, waiting for a special occasion. We drank it over several nights, and a good thing too, bc it was just on the verge. It was a 2000 vintage.

My dirty little secret: there's ANOTHER double-size bottle in its original shipping box, stashed under the sideboard in the dining room. Not the same vintage, but probably not too much younger.
 

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The one thing I have too much of is Crown Royal. Many people bought Crown Royal for me as a gift. These days I only drink occasionally, as in hardly ever.

What did I write ? Can a person really have too much Crown Royal in the cabinet ? ;) I kind of doubt it.

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These days I only drink occasionally, as in hardly ever.

Bill

That's pretty much me. I'm not a non-drinker, but as I sit here, I honestly can't recall the last time I had an alcoholic drink. It was likely part of a beer in a restaurant, and that would have been months ago. :shrug:

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The one thing I have too much of is Crown Royal. Many people bought Crown Royal for me as a gift. These days I only drink occasionally, as in hardly ever.

What did I write ? Can a person really have too much Crown Royal in the cabinet ? ;) I kind of doubt it.

Bill

I'll send you our address! We can help with your overstock! ;)

~Diane
 
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