Blast from the... pantry?

5/12/2008 08:45:00 PM

I was clearing my pantry this week, and came across the following.

From left to right: Pandan Flavour - bought at Gama in Penang for RM1.60; Mustard Seeds - price faded with age; Fennel Seed - 79c; Caraway Seed - 80c.

I thought to myself, "Wow, these look quite old! It's a good thing I'm clearing out the pantry now!" Then I looked a bit closer at the caraway seeds...

"PKD 8 MAY 1981"

Those caraway seeds are older than me! 27 years old, as of Thursday last week. Happy belated birthday, dear caraway seeds. I was going to throw them out, but now can't bring myself to do it. They've been in every batch of harissa I've ever made. The seeds have been here longer than me. I think they may have squatter's rights.

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  1. Ha ha! Sarah, you are so funny! This is something I bet most of us are guilty of!

  2. Ha! This happens in my family too. When my grandmother died there were numerous such aged foodstuffs in her kitchen, including a 15-year-old bottle of chocolate icecream topping in the fridge. Rather than toss it out my auntie transferred it to her own fridge, where it has now sat untouched for an additional 4 years.

  3. Heee! One of my friends was going through her mum's spices and found a jar marked in pounds, shillings and pence (Britain went over do a decimal currency in 1971...).

    Maybe the jar's been refilled over its (exceptionally long) lifetime though?

  4. That's so awesome. I helped my aunty get rid of some food before she moved to Oz, thought finding something from 1996 was pretty ancient, but 1981! Vintage as heck...

  5. OK, you win!! Have you still got those caraway seeds?? A piece of history!



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