I can eat 5 year old soup too!

1 month later, I’m posting again… sorry for the delay, I promise to have several more posts in the next week or so for anyone who wants to catch up on my latest adventures!

In my last post, I had a photo of me eating raw bacon, both because it tastes good and because I like to test my stomach and make sure it’s still as strong as ever. Back when I was living in New Zealand I ate a whole bunch of expired food and put photos up here: http://photodiarist.com/2005/09/student-menu.html

Last month I was cleaning out one of the kitchen cupboards because it turned out that no one was using it, and all the stuff inside had been left long ago by past tenants. Among a dozen or so salt and pepper shakers, handful of ceramic Christmas decorations, shotglasses of various size and description, and huge box of toothpicks spilled all over the place in there, I found a package of soup mix. You know, the dry powder to which you just add boiling water!

Now, everything has an expiry date, and dry powder soup mix is no exception. Can you read the expiry date in this photo?

Yep, it says August 27, 2003 at 20:53. That means that, at the time of my first spoonful on March 3, 2008 at 21:56 the soup mix was 4 years, 6 months, 5 days, 1 hour, 3 minutes past its expiry date, according to TimeAndDate.com.

It was delicious, and there were no ill effects whatsoever. The moral of the story? If you don’t want your expired food, give it to me: the starving student who will actually eat it without complaining!


  1. Sarina April 3, 2008 at 06:53 #

    i ate a candy that fell on the ground yesterday

  2. Amanda April 5, 2008 at 12:13 #

    sorry to have missed you at the Kingshead when you were in Vancouver, Chris! oh my! your photos are stunning as always. take care and hope you’re settling back in cozily at home in Sweden again!

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