53Sqdn
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BBE Dates On Products In The UK

Thu Nov 16, 2006 10:57 pm

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!

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linco22
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RE: BBE Dates On Products In The UK

Thu Nov 16, 2006 11:07 pm

Quoting 53Sqdn (Thread starter):
In my yoof, we 'ad lard and Mum did all the cooking. Nuffin' to worry abart then. Innit!

Hold on, I need a translater....


Right, your question.

I have no idea. With food stuff I stick to it. Cooking oil might not be an issue.
 
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RE: BBE Dates On Products In The UK

Thu Nov 16, 2006 11:10 pm

Quoting Linco22 (Reply 1):
With food stuff I stick to it

The BBE's are there as guidance and to protect the supermarkets arse incase a batch of food goes off before the punter gets to eat it...

Use sensible judgement... items that need thorough cooking before you eat them and raw food as well.

I Freeze stuff if it gets to the sell by date.

As for your oil. i'm sure you'll be fine...
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RE: BBE Dates On Products In The UK

Thu Nov 16, 2006 11:23 pm

As far as I'm aware, cooking oil is not that critical.

Extra vergine olive oil would age faster, but especially refined oils should stay usable for quite a while, especially when kept in a cool and dark place.

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...

A rancid or otherwise unpleasant odour would indicate that it starts getting unhealthy.

I'd be a bit careful, but not worried right away. But at your rate of consumption, the oil might indeed go bad before you've finally used it all up.
 
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RE: BBE Dates On Products In The UK

Thu Nov 16, 2006 11:53 pm

Thanks for the responses so far.

Quoting Linco22 (Reply 1):
Hold on, I need a translater....

I was trying to do a London accent. It obviously failed  ashamed   biggrin 
 
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RE: BBE Dates On Products In The UK

Thu Nov 16, 2006 11:59 pm

Quoting Klaus (Reply 3):
As far as I'm aware, cooking oil is not that critical.

Extra vergine olive oil would age faster, but especially refined oils should stay usable for quite a while, especially when kept in a cool and dark place.

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...

A rancid or otherwise unpleasant odour would indicate that it starts getting unhealthy.

I'd be a bit careful, but not worried right away. But at your rate of consumption, the oil might indeed go bad before you've finally used it all up.

What's this!? A post from Klaus with no bold text! What a weird day.

As for your oil, it should be fine! You'll probably know when to stop using it if it separates out into layers.

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RE: BBE Dates On Products In The UK

Fri Nov 17, 2006 12:02 am

Quoting 53Sqdn (Reply 4):
I was trying to do a London accent

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RE: BBE Dates On Products In The UK

Fri Nov 17, 2006 12:17 am

Quoting Kieron747 (Reply 5):
You'll probably know when to stop using it if it separates out into layers.

Even that is not necessarily a problem (here you go! ).

Especially unrefined oils can actually exhibit some separation which is perfectly okay. In that case you can simply shake them up again.
 
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RE: BBE Dates On Products In The UK

Fri Nov 17, 2006 2:45 am

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.

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Fri Nov 17, 2006 3:06 am

No idea - there are some model-dependent modifications to be made as far as I remember. I wouldn't experiment with it on my own if I were you...!
 
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RE: BBE Dates On Products In The UK

Fri Nov 17, 2006 3:22 am

Quoting Aer lingus (Reply 8):
I just want to make sure about this before I try this experiment.

You do know that using cooking oil without paying a fuel duty is illegal, don't you?

Police have impounded cars in the past when they've found it used as a fuel.
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RE: BBE Dates On Products In The UK

Fri Nov 17, 2006 3:26 am

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.
 
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RE: BBE Dates On Products In The UK

Fri Nov 17, 2006 3:36 am

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.
 
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RE: BBE Dates On Products In The UK

Fri Nov 17, 2006 3:41 am

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.
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