I've eaten my fair share of expired foods, either by accident or on purpose. What? What's wrong with that? My husband and I made couscous out of the box the other day. I ate a couple bites and thought it tasted funny. Then I finally thought to check on the expiration date, and it expired in Feb. 2007. I swear that I bought it last year! Really! Did I buy it expired? It doesn't matter; that's not the issue. My husband of course was close to finishing his entire serving of couscous without noticing. He only said he thought it tasted funny after I checked the expiration date. And while eating it, he even asked me what flavor it was. I told him original. Haha! We are so weird. Then yesterday, I wanted to make stuffing (also out of the box), and it expired two years ago. Haha! Argh! It happens all the time to us...especially because it is just the two of us. That is why our refrigerator always looks empty because...it is. Everything goes bad before we can eat it.
This whole rant leads me to ask "why aren't expiration dates more prominent on food items?" See example on the right. It is on the Kraft dressing I was eating today. Why is "fresh until" in white and the actual expiration date in the same color as the background? You can't even see the expiration date in the picture. I have to look really closely to see it. It doesn't make any sense.
Btw, we did not get sick from eating the couscous. Hehe! I'm sure you were wondering.