Showing posts from November, 2012

Freshness and Edibility

I recently got to learn about how long food really lasts without refrigeration. Thanks to hurricane Sandy and the Nor'easter that quickly followed many foods came into question. I've always been of the mindset that manufacturers purposely indicate short shelf lives and low room temperature tolerances. They are covering their own asses in case of the slightest glitch. I had some open mt olive pickles. I ate a few after several days without electricity. They were still great. Isn't that precisely what pickling was invented for... to preserve foods that would otherwise spoil without chillage. After more than a week they did get funky and I was forced to discard them. But they were good for about 5 days in the unchilled fridge. We had many bags of frozen vegetables. Broccoli, mustard greens, peas, corn, cauliflower and carrots. They all fared very well. When my brother's power came back on after 4 days we transferred them to his freezer. Everything survived except the baby