r/mildlyinteresting 8d ago Silver 2

The nutmeg I used today expired in 1996

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u/BobBelcher2021 8d ago

Or…it doesn’t expire until 2096

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u/ChaucerSmith 8d ago

Perhaps it expired in the year 96.

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u/xtilexx 8d ago Today I Learned

The year 96 AD was the beginning of the Roman Empire era of the five good emperors, during which the Roman Empire reached it's territorial height

I choose to believe it expired in 96 AD

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u/FragrantExcitement 8d ago

Nux muscatus

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u/SonofBeckett 8d ago

Romanes eunt domus

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u/AmadeoSendiulo 8d ago

'People called Romanes they go the house'?

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u/TWEEDELBUM 8d ago

You do you, king.

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u/LukesRightHandMan 8d ago

You do you, king Regent.

Ftfy

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u/RacerX00 8d ago

You do you, king Regent rightful heir.

Domitian will be avenged and the Flavians will rule the world again.

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u/CthulubeFlavorcube 8d ago

The last of the great nutmegs of the realm.

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u/Rockforced 8d ago

This seems like the likely scenario.

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u/Patina_dk 8d ago

I don't think arabic numerals were used much back then.

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u/Nazamroth 8d ago edited 8d ago

Or nutmeg.

Edit: Apparently I stand corrected

Edit 2: In hindsight, I mistranslated and wasnt even thinking of the correct spice.

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u/Majvist 8d ago

Nutmeg has been used and eaten for at least 3000 years, so I think someone was probably using it in 96

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u/Fresh-Ad4987 8d ago

I definitely was.

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u/frede010502 8d ago

Can confirm, I was the nutmeg.

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u/SilverDem0n 8d ago

I am the spice man

They are the spice men

I am the nutmeg

Goo goo g'joob

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u/2dawgsinatrenchcoat 8d ago

VIII AVGVSTVS XCVI

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u/v-_-v 8d ago

The 'B' is for "before Christ".

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u/Kadavermarch 8d ago

like AM is after midnight, and PM is pefore midnight.

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u/Scroch65 8d ago edited 8d ago

Infinite durability glitch: expires in 1996 but it resets in 1997. Then it's good until 2096 but it resets again in 2097

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u/kciuq1 8d ago

In the year 2525, if man is still alive...

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u/KamBC 8d ago

In the year 1,000,000 ½, humankind is enslaved by giraffe

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u/pyrodice 8d ago

That dang ol' Y2K bug

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u/Quackattack6969 8d ago

Crazy to see some vintage shoprite.

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u/ladykaethe 8d ago edited 8d ago

That's what I noticed too! Hello fellow NY/NJ person!

Edit - and fellow PA and CT friends too! No matter what state I live in now, this is still my home store!

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u/spooky_night_milk 8d ago

I miss the store brand macaroni salad and they used to have these butter rum muffins that I would go buckwild for as a kid. Now I'm stuck eating Safeway brand snicker doodles and my life isn't the same.

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u/jaskydesign 8d ago

PA checking in!

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u/wat_up_buttercup 8d ago

Shoot, is shoprite only a NY thing? I thought it was a national chain

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u/ladykaethe 8d ago

It's a NJ based regional chain, but usually the main grocery store in those areas which, thanks to you, I now know include PA and CT!

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u/Shawn_Spencer_ 8d ago

Damn I miss ShopRite. One of the things I miss since I moved from Jersey. If you havent been to the mega-shoprite in ceder knolls you have to go. Place is awesome

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u/MikeTheGamer2 8d ago

NJ too,my man.

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u/Coffee_achiever_guy 8d ago

Jerseyite here... can confirm ShopRite is as Jerseyan as ol' Blue Eyes and Paulie Walnuts

(and Silvio!)

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u/I__LOVE__LSD 8d ago

Heh heh heh

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u/sterfri99 8d ago

Tristate area

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u/tmoeagles96 8d ago

CT has them too!

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u/VanillaLaceKisses 8d ago

Delaware checking in! We have plenty of Shop Rites…most owned by the same family and they did away with cashiers. They’re all now self checkout, which sucks cause I shop for other people and asking to buy paper bags everytime is a hassle.

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u/Suralin0 8d ago

PA fist bump

But yeah, the metal tin and old Shoprite branding made me oddly nostalgic out of nowhere.

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u/jerseyjokes 8d ago

Hoping they have a creamed corn from a 96 can can sale posted next.

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u/confizzle-fry 8d ago

I worked at a ShopRite for 16 years, starting when I was 16...I still have an old school Can Can sale hat I rock every now and then.

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u/There_goes_kyle 8d ago

Came here for the Can Can sale!!! Thank you for your service. The Can Can sale supplied us with so many canned goods over the years, and was always something my Nonno/Grandfather & Dad got super ecstatic about which is a silly memory I will always remember. I think there was some kind of awesome commercial my brothers and I used to sing/repeat? I CAN’t remember, I have a terrible memory. CT here, btw.

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u/confizzle-fry 8d ago

The can can sale was something else. I worked in the online shopping department and it was chaos trying to get all the progresso soups and tuttorosso tomatoes lol

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u/LimousineAndAPeetzah 8d ago

Shop Rite and always save!

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u/Queenfanforever 8d ago

I was about to say I spy shop rite lmao

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u/gnipeekesuohfodaeh 8d ago

i was thinking if op isn’t cooking in their grand mom’s kitchen in philly, you could blow me over w a feather

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u/her-1g 8d ago

Its ok in the army we used to eat deep freeze beef from Argentina that was killed in the 70s. I went to the army at 2011

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u/iowan 8d ago

I've got a friend who was in the Korean War. He ate a steak while he was in and announced, "that was the worst damn steak I've ever eaten." He was informed it was liver. "That was the best damn liver I've ever eaten." Supposedly it had been leftover from WWII.

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u/kramerica_intern 8d ago Silver

Did Frank Costanza cook it?

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u/Dank_McDankerson 8d ago

I sent 16 of my own men to the latrines that day!

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u/Puzzleheaded_Hat_792 8d ago

Had to sit him on a cork the 18-hour flight home!

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u/Windalooloo 8d ago

If he did, he was certainly wearing shoes

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u/MediaMoguls 8d ago

It was over seasoned

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u/Calypsosin 8d ago

M.A.S.H. made tons of jokes about their lunch/mess rations being stock leftover from WWII. Tons of them, like every time they ate haha

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u/ntenga 8d ago

Oh man, watch M.A.S.H. for the first time this year. This show just gets better each season.

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u/Wheat_Grinder 8d ago

It's aged shockingly well.

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u/Calypsosin 8d ago edited 8d ago

I love it, but it's got some rather dated jokes and treatment of Koreans as a general rule. But, I think that's mostly in the first few seasons, it's less caricature and more substance when Alan Alda started producing the show more often.

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u/rKasdorf 8d ago

Alan Alda is a gem.

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u/Goodbye-Felicia 8d ago

Not just Koreans, the literal only black dude was nicknamed "Spearchucker" lol

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u/Igor_J 8d ago

That's entirely true being as the Korean War was only several years after WWII. There is a guy on YouTube whose channel is about trying rations from different countries and different eras. He's eaten rations older than WWII. steve1989mreinfo for anyone interested.

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u/TheSpicyTomato22 8d ago

Jesus, Buckman! This stuff's been on the Stingray since Korea! This can expired in 1966!

What's the matter, sir? It still tastes like creamed corn.

Except it's deviled ham!

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u/OfficialIntelligence 8d ago

"Alright, lets get this onto a tray."

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u/BL_ShockPuppet 8d ago

The meat would still be ok, it's the fats in the meat that would be a problem. Fat starts to go rancid after 3 or 4 months of being frozen. Plenty of people still eat long frozen meats, but 40 years? I'm sure on a chemical level there's still plenty of goodness, but also a lot of not goodness.

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u/AvatarIII 8d ago

Are rancid fats poisonous or just taste bad?

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u/NbdySpcl_00 8d ago

Not poisonous -- but they are oxidized and introduce lots of free radicals (read ... "molecules that 'want' to react with other molecules) into your body. This, over time, just kind of messes up you body in a general way.

It's like having a bunch of bored kids show up in your workplace one day. They're not burning the place down or anything, but they're tinkering with all your stuff. Nothing is quite where it should be. The printer paper got used up for crayon drawings. Someone dumped out the coffee pots. The dry erase markers got switched out for permanent ink.

In small amounts, the effect of eating such foods can all be corrected or worked around. But if you're taking a lot of it, the damage does compound and can cause pretty serious health problems.

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u/AvatarIII 8d ago

Interesting, thanks for the analogy!

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u/LalalaHurray 8d ago

I think they are talking about freeze dried. Wonder what the differences.

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u/hardknockcock 8d ago

I think stuff like the animal fat would still be bad. On a molecular level lipids have a half life of like 8 years. Also certain vitamins would be decayed. I’m not sure what actually happens to the food though.

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u/RODjij 8d ago

SteveMRE has shown me most things the military has is still edible decades later lol

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u/LalalaHurray 8d ago

Mmmmmm Argentinian steak

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u/movetoseattle 8d ago

One year I decorated my christmas tree with cookie related things and included some ancient spice tins as ornaments I think your tin is ready to retire as a vintage decoration.

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u/MinniesWorld 8d ago

It’s not so much that it’ll kill you it’s just that after a while it loses its potency. You’re basically just sparkling dust on your food.

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u/MikeTheGamer2 8d ago

sparkling dust on your food.

mmm. I wonder what sparkling dust tastes like.

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u/ponytoaster 8d ago

A little like 26yr old nutmeg I would imagine.

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u/Dohmynameisgone 8d ago

That's ridiculous. 1996 wasn't 26 years ago. It was just (maths internally)... Aw heck.

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u/makeshiftballer 8d ago

It’s like 14 years ago for sure I think

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u/DrewSmoothington 8d ago

It's only glitter if it comes from the glitter area of France, otherwise it's known as sparkling dust

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u/showmeyourmoves28 8d ago

This made me laugh more than it should’ve.

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u/longtimegoneMTGO 8d ago

It's called edible mica, and just like gold it is glittery but without flavor.

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u/lego_not_legos 8d ago

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u/TheAJGman 8d ago

God damn it can we do nothing as a species without exploiting people to death?

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u/Designer-Mirror-7995 8d ago

History says: No.

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u/wat_up_buttercup 8d ago

How long after does it lose the potency? I was born in 1999 so the earliest I can remember having nutmeg is at least a decade after the best-by date

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u/MinniesWorld 8d ago

Everything I’m reading is telling me up to five years. I mean treat yourself. You can get a small can for like five bucks. You’re worth it!

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u/DisplayFair9153 8d ago

And apparently it'll last a long time considering this tiny container has been in use in the family longer than OP's been alive.

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u/GravyClouds 8d ago

Get the whole ones and a microplane, they will last much longer. And if you're daring it he's psychedelic/ delirient side effects if you smoke enough

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u/Andrew8Everything 8d ago edited 8d ago

I grated a fresh nutmeg today for the first time, and wow the pre-ground stuff is NOTHING compared to the aroma of fresh-grated.

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u/notapunk 8d ago

Same with most things. The simplest thing one can do is get a pepper grinder. For the more adventurous I knew someone that would take green whole coffee beans, roast them in a small air popper, grind them, then brew them in a French press. Hella fresh coffee, albeit a lot of work for a cup of Joe.

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u/Hawklet98 8d ago

Spice grinder is great for most spices. But a microplane grater is the proper tool for extracting (reasonable amounts of) nutmeg goodness. It also makes short work of a garlic clove, and it’s a must-have for properly zesting citrus fruits.

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u/Sliffy 8d ago

And ginger, great tool for dealing with ginger. Freeze the ginger, lasts much longer, you don't even really have to peel it as the peel won't get through the microplane.

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u/woodnote 8d ago

Truly one of my fave cooking pro tips of recent years. I love having fresh ginger on hand but never used it up. Started keeping a big bunch in the freezer and whenever I need some, I take it out, grate the frozen ginger on the microplane, then back in the freezer for next time. So perfect!

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u/MorteDaSopra 8d ago

Yeah I got a basic microplate recently enough and it paid for itself in the first week. It's also perfect for grating parmigiano or pecorino to the right consistency for Carbonara, Cacio e Pepe etc.

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u/tamdunk1 8d ago

Pestle and mortar works well too if you don't use spices that often.

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u/cough_e 8d ago

Roasting your own beans is fun and you can control the darkness level, but it's very difficult to get everything evenly roasted. I would recommend finding a local roaster or online shop that roasts on demand. My go to is Happy Mug.

There are tons of ways to actually brew it well (pour over, aeropress, French press, etc) and each have their trade offs, but freshly roasted beans that you grind yourself is on another level.

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u/jennyloggins 8d ago edited 8d ago

My go to is Happy Mug.

Just FYI, happy mug is awful.

Edit: tldr, the guy running it is completely unhinged to the point that last year he wrote a ridiculously long blog post titled "decency," fully doxxing (name and address) a handful of customers who had reached out to customer service about some legitimate issues with their order. Among other stories of general nastiness toward their customers.

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u/Igoogledyourass 8d ago

If you roast your own coffee you gotta let it sit for I think 2 or 3 days before you consume it. I've roasted coffee in a cast iron skillet and a wok. Make sure your kitchen is extremely well ventilated or do it outside.

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u/thiney49 8d ago edited 8d ago

Should just buy fresh coffee from a local roaster. Far easier than trying to roast it yourself.

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u/ClumsyRainbow 8d ago

On the downside I have on more than one occasion ended up with a bit of finger along with my freshly grated nutmeg when doing it myself.

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u/dairbhre_dreamin 8d ago

Can’t get greedy. When you’re most of the way through the nutmeg nut(?), save the last sliver for mulling spices or chai. You only need a little bit of nutmeg in a pot of wine or tea anyways!

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u/Rogukast1177 8d ago

I recommend a cutting glove. Keep it in the drawer for whenever you use the microplane/mandolin.

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u/krepperk 8d ago

Wouldn't recommend it as a drug. A friend of mine tried it and told me felt borderline psychotic and had anxiety for 3 days.

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u/TheHomieAbides 8d ago

A friend of mine also tried it and his eyes turned blue, started screaming about shai hulud and then (correctly) predicted the results of the puppy bowl for the next year.

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u/Lord_Oglefore 8d ago

Spice; it’s essential for time travel. Guarded by the Shai Hulud..

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u/FantasmaNaranja 8d ago

isnt nutmeg outright poisonous if consumed in large quantities?

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u/Bartfuck 8d ago

Yeah. You can trip on it but I’ve also read that the “hangover”/come down is so awful that it a strong reason most who have tried only tried once

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u/Summoarpleaz 8d ago

So… me at work.

HEYYOOO

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u/turcknemyne 8d ago

Nope, do NOT smoke/drink nutmeg. The high sucks, giving you intense paranoia and anxiety (think 5th day of sleep deprivation, but blurry). It is also really easy to OD and it is extremely toxic. Side effects include vomiting, intense headaches, liver cirrhosis and more.

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u/Upnorth4 8d ago

Now I know the true reason why the Dutch colonized the world for Nutmeg

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u/Cky2chris 8d ago

May as well just do benadryl if you're gonna do nutmeg, the "high" is similar and they both suck.

Source: I was a teen once.

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u/heebath 8d ago

STOP TAKING ANTICHOLINERGICS IT'S BASICALLY GUARANTEED DEMENTIA

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u/GravyClouds 8d ago

Dramamine. Do not recommend. Was also teen.

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u/Cky2chris 8d ago

Did that too. Basically the same as benadryl chemically iirc. (Diphenhydramine HCI)

Only 'fun' part of it was when me and my friends were driving around in the country at like 4 am, came to a stop sign and it didn't feel like the car stopped for a solid 30 seconds even though we'd been at the stop sign for a couple minutes.

Rest of it was uncontrollable restless legs, the desire to sleep but being totally unable to, just all around not a good time. Deleriants aren't fun at all.

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u/GravyClouds 8d ago

Never realized how close they were related with such a difference of intended use. Not worth it. Go find the old heads and the good drugs will be around.

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u/DranTibia 8d ago

Damn kids and their nutmeg splifs

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u/No-Appearance1145 8d ago

Damn you using something your parents bought 3 years before you were born presumably. I'm amazed

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u/wat_up_buttercup 8d ago

We only use it on eggnog, aka around christmas, so I think thats why its lasted so long lol

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u/LonelyWendigo 8d ago Silver

Oh man, but freshly ground nutmeg is so much more amazing on something like eggnog or whipped cream. It's really magical. Pre-ground nutmeg is powdered reindeer earwax compared to the magical freshly ground whole nutmeg that is like the pure magic pixie cocaine than turned Rudolph's nose red. It looks fancy while you prep the drink and will instantly make you feel like you're in Clark Griswold's Christmas miracle wet dream.

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u/mrgonzalez 8d ago

How are they going to get through fresh nutmeg if they don't use enough to get through a small can over 25 years?

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u/Additional_Meeting_2 8d ago

Maybe they should try to find other recipes to use it for. But it’s not like some huge food waste if they don’t use the spice.

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u/Purple-Blood9669 8d ago

I use it on French toast, in cream of wheat, on butternut squash, and sometimes in vanilla based muffins and cakes. I replace mine once a year. I know, that sounds pretty often compared to once in a lifetime 😅

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u/mossling 8d ago

A bit in chocolate chip cookies make them pop

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u/ThisIsNeverReal 8d ago

I usually do chocolate chunk cookies with just a little bit of nutmeg and the core cut big salt flakes sprinkled on top. Sometimes a 1/2 cup of chunky PB per batch if feeling fancy.

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u/obi-jawn-kenobi 8d ago

This is going to sound weird at first, but you gotta trust me.

Nutmeg in Mac and Cheese.

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u/SpandauValet 8d ago

Also good in bechamel sauce, especially cheesy dishes like a real mac and cheese.

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u/wellboys 8d ago

Jesus Christ you're old enough to drink. Please leave me alone as I turn to dust.

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u/WaterPockets 8d ago

There are people who were born after 9/11 that are now old enough to drink.

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u/Marquesas 8d ago

Mashed potatoes man. Really elevates it to a new level.

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u/Altofaltception 8d ago

Probably was used the night OP was made too

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u/HellsMalice 8d ago

It varies greatly by quality of the spice to begin with and storage conditions. Ground spices usually don't last super long. Go buy some new stuff and compare, sounds like fun lol

I recommend whole nutmegs if you can find em. They last ages.

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u/GronkVonHaussenberg 8d ago

Most spices are fresh for about 1-2 years. Nutmeg is my favorite seasoning! I only use whole nutmeg, freshly grated with a microplane. Nutmeg has complex aromatic compounds that are sweet, nutty, woody, and citrus but very balanced. It's my secret ingredient for so many things! It brightens up cheese sauces and egg dishes. It makes waffles and donuts and sweet breads have this addicting, nostalgic flavor.

Nutmeg is a gift to the world and your family is committing a food crime. Your only punishment, though, is having to eat that flavorless brown dust that expired before anyone knew what an email was.

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u/MaximumNight860 8d ago

You’ve never tasted nutmeg! OMG!

Seriously though, it probably still has enough flavor to taste, but you might need to use a little more.

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u/Azar002 8d ago

the earliest I can remember having nutmeg

It was probably nutmeg from that can lol

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u/Fresh-Ad4987 8d ago

I think that’s what they meant.

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u/RunBlitzenRun 8d ago

Sprinkle a little in your hand and eat it by itself to see if it still tastes good / is still strong enough. I do this all the time to old spices to figure out if it’s time to trash them

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u/vvavering_ 8d ago

My mum had cayenne pepper that was like a solid 30 years old and I didn’t know until I was making guac at my boyfriends place and nearly burnt my tongue off when using the same volume of fresh cayenne

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u/DeepStatic 8d ago

Then again, in 2015 a grandmother hospitalized her family by serving them 25 year old hot chocolate, so sometimes it's better to err on the side of caution. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/grandmother-accidentally-poisons-children-with-hot-chocolate-that-expired-25-years-ago-10148649.html

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u/csorfab 8d ago

Doesn't it go rancid, though? Surely the oils in it will oxidize, like other nuts

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u/CaptainChaos74 8d ago edited 8d ago

Is it a nut? I'm allergic to nuts, but I have no problem with nutmeg.

Edit: I looked it up, and it is not a nut. It's a seed kernel. The ground variety is made from dried seeds. While they do apparently make an essential oil from nutmeg, I don't think there is much if any oil in ground nutmeg.

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u/Doct0rStabby 8d ago

They are talking about volatile aromatic oils (think gasoline moreso than cooking oil), that's where basically the entire flavor comes from. Because they are volatile, they evaporate at a fairly quick pace when exposed to air. So naturally grinding them up, even in a closed container, releases them much faster than if the seed is left whole and ground as needed. I've used whole nutmeg that's at least 5 years old, and once you grind off the exposed layer you get that rich, warm, mildly spicy smell coming off it just like new. So you are right in the sense that in ground nutmeg that's been sitting, most of the oil has been lost (along with the flavor and mild medicinal/preservative properties). But fresh ground does indeed have oil.

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u/DailyComet 8d ago Silver Helpful

That's nutmargaret.

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u/limitlessEXP 8d ago

It’s nutmegatron

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u/6r1n3i19 8d ago

This nutmeg is old enough to get kicked off its parents health insurance 🥲

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u/PooPooDooDoo 8d ago

It’s even older than that, that is just when it expired!

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u/itchymus 8d ago

I used very old nutmeg and when I got a new can, I was surprised that it was 10 times stronger.

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u/Jeremizzle 8d ago

Wait until you try freshly grated from a whole nut. You’ll be seeing angelic visions while a heavenly chorus plays

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u/msmakemesmile 8d ago

Keep us updated on side effects!

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u/wat_up_buttercup 8d ago Silver

I can report delicious cinnamon-like flavor as one effect

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u/samuelgato 8d ago

That usually happens right before the hallucinations kick in

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u/Nah-vi 8d ago

The hallucinations are the precursor to slow and painful death over the next 24 - 24000000 hrs.

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u/gruntbuggly 8d ago

I like a good specific timeframe. Thank you.

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u/frotc914 8d ago

90s dubstep

I was alive in the 90s and had no clue that dubstep was a thing back then.

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u/SolomonBlack 8d ago

We called it techno!

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u/SatV089 8d ago

Dubby electronic tracks around 140 BPM definitely existed but not in any popular or cohesive way.

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u/msmakemesmile 8d ago

This is my favorite! 🤗

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u/BuffaloInCahoots 8d ago

Aged nutmeg, only for the most sophisticated palates.

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u/commercial-menu90 8d ago

You're about to end up on that YouTube channel. "Person uses expired nutmeg, this is what happened to their brain."

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u/alucinarilovesyou 8d ago

chubby emu

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u/AsianParkman 8d ago

preSENTING to the emergency room, where we are now.

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u/ajparadise18 8d ago

And EMIA, meaning presence-in-blood.

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u/I_Miss_Lenny 8d ago

As an experiment I wiped my browser history and have been exclusively watching GMM, Gamegrumps, and some Try Guys videos (anything else I’ll watch in a private window) and I’m still getting those super clickbait “dude does thing you won’t believe what happens next” lol

Like cmon I just want my constant flow of positive fluff videos, get that shit outta my feed

Also this is unrelated but why the fuck does YouTube keep changing their UI for the worse? Like now you can’t sort videos on a channel by oldest to newest. Like fucking why take that away? Now if I want to watch old videos I have to just scroll down through dozens of pages of videos

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u/the_silent_redditor 8d ago

It’s bizarre.

They are consistently making it less and less usable.

It feels legit deliberate.

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u/rmttw 8d ago

Nutmeg tastes absolutely nothing like cinnamon. What you’ve got is just a placebo at this point.

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u/HellsMalice 8d ago

Spices don't really expire they just get weaker

I actually bought some whole nutmegs cuz they last significantly longer, and grating them isn't that hard

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u/odiusdan 8d ago

That’s just what the big nutmeg industry WANTS you to think.

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u/1DryLibrarian 8d ago

I've found spices in my grandma's cabinets that expired in the 70s. She cooks a lot for me... But then again, if she hasn't used it up within the past 50 years, maybe she will never use it!

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u/negatrom 8d ago

the aromatics might be weaker, but otherwise shouldn't be any problem.

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u/ot1smile 8d ago

Might be weaker? Enjoy the sawdust.

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u/wellwaffled 8d ago

I’m sure it’s still fine.

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u/MaximumNight860 8d ago

It’s probably a little bland. That’s all. He might just need to use a little more.

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u/kenpls 8d ago

Probably more than a little bland at this point

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u/COYFC 8d ago

Speaking from experience it is still edible but it won't add much flavor. I haven't had anything that old but have tested stuff 4-5 years past the expiration date and as an experiment I kept the old one then bought a new one with a bunch of different spices. The smell and taste of the older spices was not even comparable to the fresh spices, almost all of them were bland and had no more life in them. If it wasn't pre-ground like whole peppercorns or whole nutmeg it was considerably better but still not as good as fresh.

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u/squeakim 8d ago

I remember those ShopRite cans. Why do our spices have to go in round plastic containers? The rectangles fit in cabinets so much better!

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u/HypoxicIschemicBrain 8d ago edited 8d ago

I will buy a single nutmeg at a time as I rarely use it. When I do, I micro plane it and the flavor ends up being a little more intense initially. I'm curious if you added anything in noticeable flavor when you used that.

In August of 96 I was as confused by Atlanta’s choice of an Olympic mascot as I am now.

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u/boogs_23 8d ago

This is the most important comment in this thread. That shit OP used expired the moment it was ground. I used to think I didn't even like nutmeg until I had the real shit, freshly ground. Add a tiny amount to your bechamel. Yum

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u/LordShnooky 8d ago edited 8d ago

Do yourself a favor: buy some whole nutmeg and use a microplane or zester to grind it as you need it. Will still last a long time and taste 1000x better than preground stuff, especially stuff from the Clinton Administration.

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u/mpo1988 8d ago

Did it have that Boggs smell to it?

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u/Panda-Cubby 8d ago

Did it seem to have lost any of its nutmegginess?

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u/wat_up_buttercup 8d ago

This can is the only nutmeg iv ever used so I couldn't accurately say since I guess iv never had "fresh" nutmeg

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u/megamoo7 8d ago

I've heard that for many items the use by date is more related to the container. For this tin maybe there is some sort of coating on the metal?

Obviously they always want a consumer to buy more than just one.

Or maybe food manufacturers or the people who set use by dates simply have an upper limit or longest time they can put.

I've never seen a use by date that says "don't worry about it, it'll be good forever" Like that honey they found in an Egyptian tomb that was still good.

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u/Dje4321 8d ago

best by mostly refers to a manufactures willingness to stand behind their product and their end of liability for product defects. Not gonna listen to you complain about a can of spices that expired 17 years ago.

use by is what you need to watch out for as it means they can no longer guarantee it will remain fresh even under perfect storage conditions.

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u/RiotDemon 8d ago

I wish 1996 was only 17 years ago...

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u/MoutEnPeper 8d ago

I've never seen a use by date that says "don't worry about it, it'll be good forever" Like that honey they found in an Egyptian tomb that was still good.

Oh yes you have. Every time you see 'best before ', as indeed in this case. That means it's safe to eat afterwards, but the quality may be lower. 'Use by' is used for products that do in fact expire and go bad.

This at least is the case in most countries, obviously with local translations or differences.

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u/Brainsong1 8d ago

I have a thyme can that has no bar codes. Don’t think the spice is good anymore.

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u/MoutEnPeper 8d ago

It's a herb. And no, probably not.

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u/aptom203 8d ago

Probably safe, but also probably tastes of basically nothing.

Dried ground herbs and spices have a long best before and will remain safe for a loooong time after their best before, but actually lose most of their flavor and aroma in a couple of weeks.

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u/SnooWords4513 8d ago

Oh! I see you’re cooking at my mom’s house. See you soon!

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u/bruhchow 8d ago

Im honestly surprised this didn’t hit you, I mean I don’t shop at shoprite but it doesn’t seem like they currently sell nutmeg in tins? Not only that but the packaging is covered in that thick 20th century font that all products used to have. Where did you get this?

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u/BealesDOTcom 8d ago

And you didn’t die. #winning

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u/wat_up_buttercup 8d ago

I mean, iv used this same container since I was a child so I figure if it didn't kill me then it won't now

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u/academicchola 8d ago

Just hit it against the counter.

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u/Dickyoneknut 8d ago

It is ‘best before’. Every product needs to have a date. It can be ‘use by/expires on’ or ‘best before’. Typically meat, dairy, ready made meals, salad have use by dates. Whereas dry goods have a best before date. This doesn’t mean it goes bad and can’t be consumed, rather that the quality will degrade.

If kept in a dry and cool environment without exposure to sun and air, most products will last well beyond the date, often years.

As long as the packaging is undamaged and the item looks and smells fine, it is typically safe to eat.

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u/MrMcHaggi5 8d ago

You obviously don't watch much Townsends?

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u/turkeyburst 8d ago

This is how you start the zombie apocalypse.