Food past the "Best by" date
New topic for discussion. Share your own experiences.
I imagine that most folks that put up items from the garden by freezing, or use a freezer for storage of purchased items, have had the experience of moving around a bag of whatever for years while rooting in the freezer for what you need for a meal. I certainly have. Yesterday I decided that I had moved one of those bags for the last time. It was dated 11/17/2015 and identified as cooked mustard. Why did I even have this? Unlike kale, mustard greens are not an item that I would typically cook and freeze. Reviewing my garden record book for that date provided the answer. Apparently soil moisture conditions where favorable to do my Fall tillage and there was a bunch of mustard that would get tilled under. There must be a bit of Scotch in my ancestry because I felt compelled to pick some of it prior to tilling the rest under. So I thawed it out and had some with supper yesterday as well as again today. My impressions below:
Was it edible: Yes
Was it unambiguously inferior to fresh cooked or cooked and frozen for a year or two: Yes
Was it so inferior that I will not be eating the last 2 or 3 servings: No
Would I recommend keeping frozen cooked mustard for 5 years: No
I have some frozen okra from 2015 and likely will report on it soon.
Share your experiences with "mature" food.