53Sqdn From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5802 times:
How important are they? I have a 3 litre container of Tesco vegetable oil. The BBE date was July 06. I have only used about a quarter of a litre. Should I use, or dispose of it? Other items e.g. eggs I don't think about. Just wondering about this (relatively cheap) product. Does cooking oil 'go orf'?
In my yoof, we 'ad lard and Mum did all the cooking. Nuffin' to worry abart then. Innit!
Aer lingus From Ireland, joined Mar 2001, 529 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 5802 times:
Quoting Klaus (Reply 3): But when it starts changing its taste or smell (especially when heated), you should probably look for someone who's driving an oil diesel instead
I was thinking of putting some cooking oil in a diesel car (slightly cheaper than diesel). If I don't modify the car burning veg oil. How much veg oil can I mix it with diesel? It might not be possible I think, probably due the different viscosity between the diesel and the veg oil.
I just want to make sure about this before I try this experiment.
David L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9628 posts, RR: 42
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5802 times:
BBE dates tend to refer to goods with a long shelf life. I'd do as suggested above and just make sure it doesn't taste or smell "funny". I ate some crackers the other day with a BBE date in 2004, though they were still sealed. They were delicious but I'll let you know... assuming I'm able.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13511 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5802 times:
Quoting Banco (Reply 10): You do know that using cooking oil without paying a fuel duty is illegal, don't you?
It isn't in the USA or any state as far as I know. There are a number of people who process used cooking oils (from local school cafeterias, fast fooders), in some cases adding it to diesel fuel and/or with other chemicals to power their slightly modified diesel cars. Just hope expired oil won't ruin your car.
In the USA, many companies are dating their products to make sure they are used up while still good. Some do it to make sure older product gets properly sold first before newer product. Some do it to just make sure of movement of product, even if it can last for months or years longer. Several beer brands make a point of the date packaged, or the date to drink by (usually 6 months after packaging) as usually after that time it can go bad. Diet sodas usually have 90 day expiration dates, as the sweetners go bad in that time once they are part of the soda product. For some items, it may have to do with the quality of packaging, limiting the use of perservatives, or ingredant changes. It can also keep track and make it easier to recall a product with an safety, purity, ingredant or missed ingrediant labeling.
Banco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 52
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5802 times:
Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 12): It isn't in the USA or any state as far as I know.
It is in the UK. I'm not sure whether he's located here or in Dublin though. and the worst bit? They can smell it if you use it - apparently it smells like chips cooking. So if you get stopped, unless you can show you've paid duty on it, Plod is going to get very interested.
She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.