This is probably the most extreme experiment I have done in testing the supposed ‘best before’ dates.
Wholemeal Bread Recipe and their expiry dates:
- Egg (this is within date)
- Clear honey (ok so it needed microwaving to make it clear.) Best before July 2013!!
- Lemon Juice (bottle kept in fridge, didn’t kill us on Pancake Day so should be ok) Best before August 2019
- Wholemeal bread flour (unopened) Best before 23rd July 2018
- White bread flour (didn’t have any so used a bit of plain flour) ok date
- Skimmed milk powder. Best before September 2019.
- Yeast (checked last week it’s alive, it hadn’t been opened before the test). Best before 6th November 2019
So I popped the ingredients into the bread maker and left it to work its magic for 4.5 hours.
The results of the experiment…
Well it looks a bit wonky, looks unmixed on the top. But when it was still warm we cut a slice to try it and actually, despite it looking hideous it actually tastes ok. I’m not sure we will be repeating the experiment, but it was worth giving it a go. I’d say the after taste is quite sweet, probably from the ancient honey! But then I wonder if it is the lemon juice I’m tasting, which makes no sense as that’s bitter! Hmm it’ll need more taste testing once it has cooled.
So I have some questions:
- Do you follow best before dates?
- How out of date is too out of date?
- Which ingredient being out of date do you think caused the wonky, dry unmixed looking top?
- Have you done any experiments with food?