Friday, September 10, 2010

He Was Five Foot Six, and Fulla Mussels

So the other day, I finally had some frozen mussels for lunch that I'd bought at a discount from the supermarket a while back. By a while back, I mean a long while back. I can't say precisely when I bought them, but the "best before" date on the package was May, 2009, so it's entirely possible that I bought them during the Bush Administration.

But anyway, they were frozen, so I decided to give them a shot.

Upon hearing that I had expired mussels in my system, Kathy just shook her head, sadly. She gave me a look like I was a little kid who doesn't know how the world works.

"Honey... the freezer isn't a time machine," she said. "Things still.... happen... to food in there. It doesn't stop time."

"Oh yeah?" I said. Tell that to Captain America!"


"Tell it to Encino Man!"

She rolled her eyes, like I was being unreasonable. "They're fictional."

"Tell it to Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer!" And with that, I rested my case.

Turns out, everything's been peachy since then, stomach-wise. I've suffered no ill efects whatsoever, eating those mussels in 2010. But I wonder... could that be the true end of the story? Or am I throwing up inexplicably, sometime back in 2008?



Sharon GR said...

Not all food-borne illnesses show up within a day. It could still be in there, waiting to strike when you least expect it...

Rob S. said...


Well, so far, so good.

Travis said...

In my vast experience with food, you'll be fine. Although I don't know how strong your stomach is.

Plus, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to expiration dates. States have different rules. The milk I get here could "expire" a week before yours does, because states determine the expiration date based on when it was pasteurized (2 weeks, 3 weeks, you get the idea) . As one example.

Rob S. said...

Thanks, Trav. At this point, I'm pretty confident I've got no ill effects coming my way.