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Thu Mar 28, 2013, 11:37 PM

Urgent : Does Miracle Whip go bad?

I urgently need an answer to that question.

Please, no joking, I will be relying on the consensus here.

We're talking about a quarter of a jar that's been hiding in the back of the refrigerator for, oh, maybe a year...or two.

Is there a way to tell if it has "gone bad"? Or does Miracle Whip not go bad, like Cool Whip or "cheese food" in a pressurized can or an unopened package. I mean, when did anyone ever eye a Lantz cracker sandwich and think, "That cheese must have gone bad by now." It does, after all, have "Miracle" in the name, right? Does it have a half life of, say, three years? Three thousand years?

And, if it has gone bad, will it hurt you? A test indicates that it has a slightly rancid taste, but is okay mixed with some garlic chili sauce (the Vietnamese stuff with the chicken on the label). So, forget what it tastes like, am I going to end up with some antibiotic resistant brain-eating bacteria while retching on the floor of the emergency room to get my stomach pumped?

Am I going to regret this?

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Reply Urgent : Does Miracle Whip go bad? (Original post)
jberryhill Mar 2013 OP
NYC_SKP Mar 2013 #1
jberryhill Mar 2013 #3
hobbit709 Mar 2013 #36
BootinUp Mar 2013 #39
talkingmime Mar 2013 #47
MrMickeysMom Mar 2013 #55
TeeYiYi Mar 2013 #2
jberryhill Mar 2013 #7
TeeYiYi Mar 2013 #9
Chellee Mar 2013 #21
a la izquierda Mar 2013 #50
BainsBane Mar 2013 #23
NRaleighLiberal Mar 2013 #4
jberryhill Mar 2013 #5
NRaleighLiberal Mar 2013 #8
jberryhill Mar 2013 #12
Brigid Mar 2013 #43
Kennah Mar 2013 #16
jberryhill Mar 2013 #25
BainsBane Mar 2013 #33
jberryhill Mar 2013 #34
olddots Mar 2013 #6
octothorpe Mar 2013 #10
IrishEyes Mar 2013 #11
jberryhill Mar 2013 #13
Sissyk Mar 2013 #14
jberryhill Mar 2013 #15
Sissyk Mar 2013 #17
vanlassie Mar 2013 #18
jberryhill Mar 2013 #29
jberryhill Mar 2013 #26
Paulie Mar 2013 #37
discntnt_irny_srcsm Mar 2013 #20
jberryhill Mar 2013 #27
In_The_Wind Mar 2013 #31
discntnt_irny_srcsm Mar 2013 #40
In_The_Wind Mar 2013 #41
discntnt_irny_srcsm Mar 2013 #19
BainsBane Mar 2013 #24
discntnt_irny_srcsm Mar 2013 #44
jberryhill Mar 2013 #28
BainsBane Mar 2013 #35
discntnt_irny_srcsm Mar 2013 #45
BainsBane Mar 2013 #22
jberryhill Mar 2013 #30
In_The_Wind Mar 2013 #32
AngryOldDem Mar 2013 #38
pipi_k Mar 2013 #42
Tommy_Carcetti Mar 2013 #46
talkingmime Mar 2013 #48
jberryhill Mar 2013 #49
a la izquierda Mar 2013 #51
jberryhill Mar 2013 #52
The Velveteen Ocelot Mar 2013 #53
jberryhill Mar 2013 #54
jmowreader Mar 2013 #56

Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 11:39 PM

1. "Go bad"? It starts off Bad!

I like unsweetened mayonnaise, myself!

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 11:42 PM

3. I mean "spoiled"

I bought it as a joke one time when my wife had put mayo on the shopping list for a recipe she was trying out. I bought a little bar of it and said "here's the mayo". Since then, it's been a long time since anyone touched it except for me a couple of times in ccondiment desperation.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 08:24 AM

36. Beat me to it.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 09:37 AM

39. lol nt

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 10:48 AM

47. That was EXACTLY my thought!!!!

 

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #1)

Sun Mar 31, 2013, 12:22 AM

55. I'm with you on that one...

After years of not, I tried it... bleh! It might stay in the back of my fridge for a year

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 11:41 PM

2. Are you being serious?...

YES, IT GOES BAD! Don't eat it, if you care anything about yourself.

TYY

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Response to TeeYiYi (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 11:48 PM

7. Well...who knew?

Then what's the Miracle?

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #7)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 11:55 PM

9. Same as the 'Whiz' behind Cheez, I guess...

re:"Then what's the Miracle?"

TYY

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #7)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 01:19 AM

21. The miracle is

someone bought it.

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Response to Chellee (Reply #21)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 11:12 AM

50. ..

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #7)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 01:49 AM

23. it's the tangy zing

or so the commercial says.

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 11:42 PM

4. Google indicates opened MW lasts no more than a month or so....

there should be an expiration date on the bottle as well. Probably nothing to fool around with, unless you enjoy the possibility of projectile vomiting!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 11:47 PM

5. Uh-oh "Best if used by 28SEP2010"

Oh my.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #5)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 11:48 PM

8. Yikes! Maybe it has gone from good to bad, to good again...

but I doubt it!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #8)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 12:32 AM

12. Well, I had maybe a spoonful back when the thread started

So, I guess I'm gonna find out tonight.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #12)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 10:21 AM

43. You're going to have a rough night.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #5)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 12:50 AM

16. Just means it's off it's game a little. Not performing at it's peak. That's all.

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Response to Kennah (Reply #16)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 02:40 AM

25. Kinda like me

I'm a little past my prime, so I can sympathize with it.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #5)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 03:54 AM

33. Only 3 years

What could happen?

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Response to BainsBane (Reply #33)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 07:57 AM

34. Well, nothing was growing in it

And I slept okay.

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 11:48 PM

6. had some Ralph's brand cool whip "lite"

opened it and there was a black mold in it ( I swear )

best not to waste other food with miracle whip that might be bad or worse than normal .

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 12:08 AM

10. Oh man, this is how zombie apocalypses start.

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 12:09 AM

11. Yes, it goes bad

I would throw it out.

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Response to IrishEyes (Reply #11)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 12:33 AM

13. Okay, but what if you had a little bit first?

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #13)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 12:41 AM

14. Ipecac

Stat!!

Just kidding. If you are not sick by now, you should be okay. Maybe.

Throw the remainder out though.

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Response to Sissyk (Reply #14)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 12:46 AM

15. I threw out the rest

And ate a grapefruit.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #15)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 12:56 AM

17. Now you've done it.

All that acid from the grapefruit will attach itself to the miracle molecules and start a small volcano in your stomach cavity. An irruption is inevitable. Whipped lava spewing everywhere.

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Response to Sissyk (Reply #17)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 12:59 AM

18. Quick. Set up the video cam. We want to see!

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Response to vanlassie (Reply #18)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 02:48 AM

29. Fine so far, knock wood

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Response to Sissyk (Reply #17)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 02:41 AM

26. I figured the acid might kill anything bad

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #26)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 09:11 AM

37. Your stomach acid is much more powerful

The shits should start any time now. No long walks.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #13)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 01:07 AM

20. Have some honey.

It will straighten you out.

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Response to discntnt_irny_srcsm (Reply #20)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 02:42 AM

27. My honey is kind of old, is that okay?

Honey doesn't go bad, does it?

I mean, it's partially crystallized, but I can nuke that, right?

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #27)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 03:25 AM

31. Honey never goes bad.

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Response to In_The_Wind (Reply #31)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 09:38 AM

40. ^^^ +1

Edible honey has been found in the pyramids in Egypt.

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Response to discntnt_irny_srcsm (Reply #40)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 09:41 AM

41. ^^^ +1 ^^^

When I was a food broker: Honey was one of our accounts.

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 01:05 AM

19. The consensus in my household:

It's recommended that dairy based condiments be discarded after 30 days even if refrigerated.

Don't take a chance, toss it.

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Response to discntnt_irny_srcsm (Reply #19)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 01:50 AM

24. It's not dairy

and it lasts longer than 30 days, but if doesn't know how old it is, I'd definitely advise tossing it.

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Response to BainsBane (Reply #24)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 10:32 AM

44. Quite correct on both counts.

We use the store brand which is labeled "Whipped Dressing". I tend to conflate this with other dressings that actually have a dairy component. The perishable components of the brand I have are eggs, oil and garlic. The inclusion of vinegar in this product extends its life quite a bit but our household feels uncomfortable with any refrigerated perishable beyond 90 days.

Thanks

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Response to discntnt_irny_srcsm (Reply #19)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 02:45 AM

28. Is it "dairy"

I thought it was made from the same cows they get margarine from. Or a by product of Vaseline or something.

Vaseline doesn't go bad. At least not in my experience. But if you get sand in it, then do what I did. Some things never need exfoliation.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #28)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 08:15 AM

35. If you actually make mayo yourself

It has no diary. It's made from eggs and oil.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #28)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 10:33 AM

45. Actually no.

As BB has pointed out, there are no milk based components to it.

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 01:48 AM

22. Yes, it can go bad

It's made from eggs and oil, on some level.

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Response to BainsBane (Reply #22)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 03:06 AM

30. It's been in a refrigerator

Actually it's been in two refrigerators, since it outlived the old one which, oh boy, that was a long time ago.

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 03:26 AM

32. imo: Toss the Whip out! Stat!

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 09:33 AM

38. When in doubt, throw it out.

It's always a good idea to go through your fridge and pantry every so often and check for food that's gone over as well as for expiration dates.

Learned that lesson the hard way here recently after my kid ate some saltines that had an expiration date of some time last year.

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 10:19 AM

42. Bad?

I don't know.

But if it's at least a year old, I wouldn't use it.

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 10:35 AM

46. One word: Mayonnaise.

I put mayonnaise on everything.


That's how I eat.

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 10:51 AM

48. According to the Table of Condiments that Periodically Go Bad, Mw has 3 months...

 

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Response to talkingmime (Reply #48)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 11:03 AM

49. 6 months for chocolate syrup?

Damn, now I'll never know if it was the dinner or the dessert.

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 11:15 AM

51. Thank you, thank you, for this thread

I have tears pouring out of my eyes and am afraid to sip any beverages because I've already spat water in the trashcan twice.

I so needed to have a belly laugh today.

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Response to a la izquierda (Reply #51)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 11:48 PM

52. Speaking of bellies and spitting into the trashcan...

...nope, just kidding. I came through it just fine. Cast iron gut.

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 11:53 PM

53. Miracle Whip is bad to start out with.

I don't know whether it actually rots because I'm not sure whether it's even food.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #53)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 11:56 PM

54. Precisely

That was pretty much the logic I was applying to the situation. It came out of the space program or something, didn't it?

Tang doesn't go bad, so why this?

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Sun Mar 31, 2013, 12:51 AM

56. You would regret this

Come on, dude, a new jar of Miracle Whip is less than five bucks. Cheaper than a trip to the emergency room.

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