Sunday, May 11, 2014

Spoiled food is good for you


  1. I'm not a doctor, just a hungry googler turned pontificator (experts please comment)
  2. When I say "good for you" I don't mean that spoiled food is better than non-spoiled food, rather its good for you in an energy and nutrient giving life-sustaining way just like fresh food.

Photo credit: Ian Macca

I recently read this article about spoiled food basically saying that – excluding meat or seafood* – the bacteria that are eating your meal before you get to it are not harmful. So if you find some food past the expiration date - or in my case if you leave a relatively dry perishable item out of the fridge for several weeks ... cook it an eat it!

This may seem gross at first, but consider these rotten food items you might enjoy

  • Wine  spoiled grape-juice
  • Spoiled milk → cream, yogurt, cheese... + mold = artisan cheese
  • Sauerkraut  spoiled cabbage
  • Beer  spoiled grain soup (mmmm grain soup)
  • ... (add a comment)
Spoiled strawberries and blueberries? Terrifically delectable! You may have even eaten some pretending they were normal, or not noticing until the delicious explosion.

Basically the point of this post is to say that Eli should have drank that tropicana orange juice a couple weeks ago.

*another special case to watch out for is very anaerobic places where botulism toxin might be produced

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