Sunday, May 27, 2012

Expiration Dates

When I was a kid, back in the Paleolithic Era, milk didn't last for very long before it went sour. My mother went grocery shopping once a week and milk didn't last that long, so a milkman delivered it during the week, too. Everyone had the milkman deliver when I was a kid.

I can't believe how long milk lasts now. At least a couple of weeks. Cream even longer, well over a month.

When something I'm looking forward to is coming up, I am always glad when the expiration date of the cream I buy occurs on or after that event. This was especially true of vacations. I'd always be excited to know vacation was so soon our cream would still be good when we headed out.

Earlier this week, I bought cream that'll expire after we've moved. That means we're really, really close.


Muffie said...

Cranky, I don't always believe those expiration dates -- I trust my olfactories! I, too, remember as a little kid that the milkman delivered milk, butter, and cream. Thanks for the memory.

OMG, it's almost moving time!! How exciting.


kmilyun said...

I am not sure why but this made sense to me LOL. Although I am one who tends to think they over estimate the expiration date.

I can not wait until you and Skip are moved and we get to hear and hopefully see? your new digs.

JT88Keys said...

My wife absolutely refuses to drink milk or cook with it if it is even one day past the printed expiration date. I personally wish they would stop printing those dates on the container and just let us decide for ourselves if it is usable or not. I can't convince her that it doesn't magically spoil at midnight on that date.

Webster said...

While I pay attention to the expiration dates, I am with Muffie on this one. I let my nose be the final judge on freshness. But as an indicator of how soon your move will be --- it works great! So quickly this all has happened, I can't wait to see your new digs. Everything but the address and street view, of course.

Cranky said...

Thanks for all your comments. I, too, agree, the nose has to perform the "smell test" for freshness.

It is surprisingly fast how soon we got here. I do intend to share pics and stories.

awb said...

That presents an interesting dilemma, how does one pack perfectly viable cream?

kmilyun said...

hows it going?