Simple Rules for Eating in a Modern World
You’re hungry, and you have some leftovers from last week or packaged food that’s past the sell-by date, right in front of you, and you want to eat it right now! What do you do? If your’re me then, you’ll follows these steps. You can even do this without your reading glasses.
1) Examine the container. Is it bulging? Is that really a bulge or just that someone dropped it on the floor and dented it? I mean, botulism is really rare. Chances are its just a dent.
2) If air goes in when you open, OK. If air comes out, very not OK.
3) Stick your nose almost into the food and smell very carefully. With practice, you can spot “something wrong” with 99% accuracy. Getting this practice will include some trial and error, but its a good skill to have. Anything that smells like Acetone is probably not OK.
3) Taste it. If you don’t notice any “special flavors”, then eat it.
4) The sell-by date is more of a guideline than a rule.
Following these rules, I haven’t had food poisoning since college, besides at wedding receptions.
Trick: Try to eat food that is already spoiled, say cheese. Think about it, cheese can’t spoil b/c it is already been cultured with special bacteria instead of the “wild” kind. Think about how long that cream sits in a body-temperature “breeding environment” just like the rice you left on the stove last night with the heat on low low. If you eat the rice, you can experience projectile vomiting (don’t try this twice). Cheese is just the same. Or don’t think about it…
Your pre-spoiled options include yogurt, chocolate, salami, sourdough bread, kimchi, natto and beer. For more. Anyway, these foods last forever, because they can’t get any more spoiled than they already are.
(^_^), don’t take me seriously, although I am serious.