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Oldest Condiments in Your Fridge

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#1 weinoo

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 05:35 AM

If you've peeked at the topic about Heniz vs. Hunt's (ketchup, that is), you'll see that I recently threw away a bottle of ketchup that had an expiration date of December, 2009. Meaning I bought it sometime in 2008, so it was at least 3 years old.

That wasn't the oldest, though, not by a long shot. There was some chili paste with garlic, a bit of Sriracha, a couple of bottles of tonic water, etc. etc. Stuff that was essentially prehistoric.

That said, what are the oldest condiments in your fridge? And why are they still there?
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Posted 10 August 2011 - 05:41 AM

Got some Thai fish sauce that may be nearly a year old... just don't use that much at a time, although I do use it pretty often. And some shrimp paste that's several months old, which worries me a little. But that's it. Partly because we tend to use stuff as we get it, although over the past few months, the freezer has become a sort of holding pen/dump for various odds and ends we can't quite bring ourselves to bin.

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 06:50 AM

Green peppercorns in brine. At least 5 years old. Only used for one recipe, which was tasty and I keep thinking I'll make it again...
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Posted 10 August 2011 - 07:03 AM

I bought a huge tub of chili bean sauce. A year and a half later, it's still there. That tub is just too big. It's not for lack of use either.

There's also quite the assortment of old jams in there too. We keep on buying more and forgetting about them I guess. Some good stuff too, like jalapeno strawberry or straight jalapeno from the farmer's market. I'll have to put those front and center in the refrigerator to remind myself to use them before it's too late...
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Posted 10 August 2011 - 07:18 AM

How about oldest condiments on our counter? I can seriously top Mjx -- I've got a bottle of fish sauce that is at least 7 years old!

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 07:23 AM

I've got a jar of red fermented tofu in there from some unknown time in the past. It's just such a specific product it hardly ever gets used. Got some of last year's home-made pickles as well, even though I've already started making this year's pickles.

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 07:34 AM

"There was some chili paste with garlic, a bit of Sriracha,"

Sriracha can go bad? How do you know? :)>

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 07:41 AM

I'm the only sriracha user in the house, so my bottle is probably three+ years old. Still tasty.
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Posted 10 August 2011 - 08:14 AM

Ancient plums from a batch of plum wine I made back in...hmm, when was that???

Plan was to use them in cakes or icecream etc, but somehow the desire to eat shochu-soaked unripe ume in cake rarely strikes me.

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 08:36 AM

Umiboshi (sp?) plums. Everyone hates them except me. They must be two years old.

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 09:10 AM

Umiboshi (sp?) plums. Everyone hates them except me. They must be two years old.



Good Umeboshi plums will last for years.

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 09:43 AM

Last week I found an unopened bottle of Marie's bleu cheese dressing that had expired in 2008. It remained unopened as it exited the premises. Back then, that was a splurge purchase for us, so how it got neglected is a wonder.
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Posted 10 August 2011 - 11:13 AM

My Dad's fridge was always full of ancient hot sauces. He liked to try new ones as he discovered them - since he had so many, and since you only use a little at a time, it's easy to see how they sit there for years.

Now that I have my own house, I see the same trend - I go through my regulars (Sriracha and Fank's) relatively quickly, but the ones I get as gifts (guess from who?) have ben there a WHILE.

Edited by TheNoodleIncident, 10 August 2011 - 11:18 AM.


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Posted 10 August 2011 - 11:27 AM

I thought it was the bottle of Chantaine orange marmalade that moved here with us nearly three months ago, but it's actually the bottle of Hebrew National deli mustard that expired in December 2009.

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 06:02 PM

Let's see: I moved to my first apartment in New York on 105th and Amsterdam in 1991, then around 1994 I took over an apartment in Brooklyn from a friend who got a new job in Seattle and was giving up nice place with a garden, and she had a bottle of Wright's Liquid Smoke that was already pretty old, but that stuff doesn't go bad, does it? We've lived in four different places since then.
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Posted 10 August 2011 - 06:19 PM

I'm not sure I want to go and investigate!!!! A SCARY thought!!!!!!
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Posted 10 August 2011 - 06:36 PM

My personal collection all got trashed when I gave my fridge away during a move and had a gap before settling in with a new one. However, I am headed to my dad's tomorrow and will explore their scary shelves. I know that in the past I have surreptitiously tossed things from their collection like a jar of dried beef that had to be (no kidding) 15 years old. Will report back.

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 07:41 AM


Umiboshi (sp?) plums. Everyone hates them except me. They must be two years old.



Good Umeboshi plums will last for years.


How do you tell a good one from a bad one?

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 08:13 AM



Umiboshi (sp?) plums. Everyone hates them except me. They must be two years old.



Good Umeboshi plums will last for years.


How do you tell a good one from a bad one?


It's hard to describe. The coops around here haven't been carrying any that look that good so I've been getting Mitoku from this place.

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 08:23 AM

Getting back to the oldest condiment in the fridge.... I have a 4 pound tub of South River miso that I've had since 2003 - and it was 3 year old (barley) miso when I got it. I've been aging it and it's getting really good. One of these days I'll start using it...

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 08:26 AM

My personal collection all got trashed when I gave my fridge away during a move and had a gap before settling in with a new one. However, I am headed to my dad's tomorrow and will explore their scary shelves. I know that in the past I have surreptitiously tossed things from their collection like a jar of dried beef that had to be (no kidding) 15 years old. Will report back.

Yikes! Sounds like my ex-husband's grandmother's refrigerator: 15 year old bottles of salad dressings! I threw away tons of stuff while we were visiting. This was nearly 30 years ago and it still pisses me off that she had all of that stuff in there. She had five daughters living within driving distance and we lived over 400 miles away. Don't tell me that no one ever looked in that fridge.

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 11:45 AM

Let's see: I moved to my first apartment in New York on 105th and Amsterdam in 1991, then around 1994 I took over an apartment in Brooklyn from a friend who got a new job in Seattle and was giving up nice place with a garden, and she had a bottle of Wright's Liquid Smoke that was already pretty old, but that stuff doesn't go bad, does it? We've lived in four different places since then.


So you're talking 20 - year old smoke! Nice.

I started to a little more digging in the fridge...I don't think this counts as a condiment (well, maybe)...

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 12:40 PM

Went for the ketchup last weekend and noticed it didn't look right. :unsure: Noticed my late wife had purchased it since she always wrote the date on the container. April 2000. Time to get a new bottle!

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 03:24 PM

I just cleaned out the backup fridge and found a jar of Coleman's mustard that expired in 2009.
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Posted 11 August 2011 - 04:57 PM

So you're talking 20 - year old smoke! Nice.


It takes at least 15 years to mellow out. It's like a fine Bordeaux.

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 06:30 PM

My oldest (that is identified - there is a jar of fermented bean paste and a couple of sambals that are possibly older) is a jar of pickled walnuts dated 1999. Not an expiration date - just the processing date.

In my experience pickled walnuts never actually deteriorate. The fresh ones have the same flavor and texture as the ones that have been hanging around for years.

I have some pickled peaches in a half-gallon jar that have been in the fridge since before I got my fridge before the one I have now. I had some recently and they are still good, no loss of flavor or texture, even the cloves are still intact. I think I originally canned them in 2001 because I remember they were in the Sub-Zero before I replaced it in 2002. Then I replaced that fridge in 2008, which gives me a pretty good timeline.

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I have to disagree with a few items, honey for instance. Honey, as long as it is not contaminated, will keep for decades.

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 07:35 PM

A three year old jar of Bacon Jam from Skillet in Seattle.

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 07:43 PM

I have to disagree with a few items, honey for instance. Honey, as long as it is not contaminated, will keep for decades.


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#29 threestars

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Posted 13 August 2011 - 01:47 AM

I got a 2 year old bottle of pickles. Does that count? Just recently cleaned the fridge so I already removed the other condiments that I don't use.

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 07:59 PM

My bottle of sriracha's "Best by" date was June of this year.

I feel like I'm doing something wrong.





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