FOOD SPOILAGE TEST
ISAACS STRANGE RULE OF STALENESS: Any food that
starts out hard will soften when stale. Any food that starts out soft will harden when
EGGS: When something starts pecking its way out of the shell, the egg is probably past its
DAIRY PRODUCTS: Milk is spoiled when it starts to look like yogurt. Yogurt is spoiled when
it starts to look like cottage cheese. Cottage cheese is spoiled when it starts to look
like regular cheese. Regular cheese is nothing but spoiled milk anyway and can't get any
more spoiled than it is already. Cheddar cheese is spoiled when you think it is blue
cheese but you realize you've never purchased that kind.
EXPIRATION DATES: This is NOT a marketing ploy to encourage you to throw away perfectly
good food so that you'll spend more on groceries. Perhaps you'd benefit by having a
calendar in your kitchen.
MEAT: If opening the refrigerator door causes stray animals from a three-block radius to
congregate outside your house, the meat is spoiled.
BREAD: Sesame seeds and poppy seeds are the only officially acceptable "spots"
that should be seen on the surface of any loaf of bread. Fuzzy and hairy looking white or
green growth areas are a good indication that your bread has turned into a pharmaceutical
FLOUR: Flour is spoiled when it wiggles.
SALT: It never spoils.
CANNED GOODS: Any canned goods that have become the size or shape of a softball should be
disposed of. Carefully.
CARROTS: A carrot that you can tie a clove hitch in is not fresh.
RAISINS: Raisins should not be harder than your teeth.
CHIP DIP: If you can take it out of its container and bounce it on the floor, it has gone
GENERAL RULE OF THUMB: Most food cannot be kept longer than the average life span of a
hamster. Keep a hamster nearby your refrigerator to gauge this.