Thursday, June 17, 2010

Expired shelf life

Our 17 year old daughter wanted to pop some popcorn and I had told her that when she pops it, that I would just get some of hers. At the very same time, our 14 year old son came and sat next to me on the couch. He was all in my personal space and so I started smelling this awful smell. I know he just got out of the tub and even though he is 14, we still have to ask him if he put deodorant on every now and then. So this smell wavered across my nose and I asked him if he had passed gas and he said that he did not. I asked 17 year old what was that smell, and she said she didn't know. Oh my gosh, it smelled like a tainted kind of musty that I can't even begin to explain.

When the popcorn came out of the microwave, our daughter said that she thinks it was the popcorn that smelled that awful. I just could not imagine popcorn smelling like that. The smell lingered through the house and I told her to quickly get some air freshener and spray because the smell was torture. So she grabs a handful of popcorn and shove them in her mouth and our son grabs a few kernels, while I just took one. The next thing I know is that our son is over by the kitchen sink with his head under the faucet like he had been raised in the wild by Tarzan and Jane. I asked him what in the world he was doing. He said, "Mom, that popcorn has a funny taste to it." So as I'm finishing up my one kernel, I summoned someone to bring me some kool-aid fast, forget the water. I needed something with a little bit of flavor to get this awful taste out of my mouth.

I asked daughter to check the expiration date on this popcorn and you would not believe that it had 2000 on it. WHAT!!!! Ten year old popcorn!! What in the world!! I didn't expect that. I told her to throw that mess in the trash and then to take it outside to the big garbage. All we could do was laugh at each other. So please check the expiration date on those things you still have on the shelf that you think may still be good.

Lovingly yours,


  1. LOL! I'm so super anal about expiration dates. Hubby knows that I'll throw things away that get close to the date, especially milk, eggs and ketchup. Happy you guys didn't get sick.

  2. GROSS! Exactly why I choose to pop the old fashioned way, but it's still good to check the expiration date. GROSS!