Catching Up

I’m still getting mentally unpacked from a fabulous West Coast swing. (Thanks to all who came out to one event or another.) While I was away, I didn’t have the chance to pass along a link to this New York Times piece on expiration dates.

It was neat to see such a major newspaper address the absurdity of expiration dates (albeit in a soft newsy section). Also, to have The Times give voice to the some of the logic I’ve long held. For example, this one from Bridget Lancaster, host of PBS’ America’s Test Kitchen:

We have five senses that were given to us that are the best tools for finding out whether food has gone bad.

And it was nice to see the author, Bruce Feiler, affirm what I’d long heard: that infant formula is the only product with federally-mandated expiration dates.

It’s certainly worth reading, but I didn’t love the ending (even if I understood why he went with it). After downplaying the health risks of items at or past their expiration dates, Feiler capitulates at the end:

Therein lies the truth of a well-kept kitchen: the health of your food is far less important than the health of your marriage.

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Also, in case you wanted a glimpse of my kitchen and compost bin–here’s your chance:

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2 Comments

  1. Posted March 15, 2011 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    Wow, you have fantastically big backyard! I’ll have to show this to Dale, he’s a big Clark Howard fan.

    I forgot to show you my double composters along the side of my house. I had one for years, (maybe 13?) and then a neighbor put one out on the curb for free because she didn’t like how it looked in her yard!

    Katy Wolk-Stanley
    “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without

  2. Posted March 15, 2011 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    I thought ‘Can I see your composter’ might be a bit prying…Next time!

    Big backyards–one of the benefits of North Carolina! Besides, there must be a few reasons why we haven’t all moved to Portland.

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