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[Is it edible?] Boxes of expired pudding

In an effort to use older items in my pantry, I was pulling out cans and boxes & checking expiration dates & came across some boxes of instant pudding, all past expiry.
I was going to just toss them, but then wondered if maybe there was still a range of time around the stamped expiration date when I'd still be ok to use them.
The oldest are from March/April of last year; a couple are dated last July; one is from late-November '08.
Honestly, I won't be heartbroken if I have to throw them away. Clearly instant pudding is something I don't let sit around ;) Just thought I'd ask 'cause I feel wasteful tossing food that still would be ok to use!


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Apr. 14th, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC)
They're not "expired" - just past their prime. I'd use them with no qualms. I've used stuff a lot older than that with no problems.
Apr. 14th, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't throw them away if there's any chance that you'll actually use them in the near future. Otherwise, better to clear them out than let them continue to sit and waste your shelf space forever. :)
Apr. 15th, 2009 01:50 am (UTC)
Mkay, thx. Ideas for how I can use them besides following package directions & making pudding or pie filling?
Apr. 14th, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
I used two years expired yogurt just the other evening(1). And that is much more likely to go bad than instant pudding.

(1) Well it *is* just rotten milk.
Apr. 14th, 2009 10:14 pm (UTC)
Boxed puddings can last indefinitely when stored in a cool dry place. The date stamped on the box is not an expiration date, but the date when they feel the product will no longer be at its peak. a.k.a. the color or texture may not be the same anymore, but it will not harm you.
Apr. 14th, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC)
I've used instant pudding so old it had hardened into clumps and I had to break it up. Once I got it mixed, though, it was about as good as anything. I think yours will be fine ;-)
Apr. 15th, 2009 01:43 am (UTC)

You can also poke at cat_i_eat_this with such questions. The mod dude is a food chemist or something like that, and really knows his stuff :)
Apr. 15th, 2009 01:49 am (UTC)
haha! I KNEW there was a more fitting place to post my question but nothing better came to mind so I posted here >.<

Ok, so, ideas for how I can USE this stuff? I'm not a huge fan of pudding, so making it according to package directions is not appealing...
Apr. 15th, 2009 01:52 am (UTC)
Pretend I typed CAN_i_eat_this. Ugh. I'm so lame.

You could do that thing where you mix it with whipped cream to make "mousse". And put it on an ice cream cone and pretend it's fancy.

.....I don't know where that came from, I'm very tired :P
Apr. 15th, 2009 08:18 am (UTC)
But it sounded good! :D
Apr. 15th, 2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
1 box instant vanilla pudding
1 box tapioca pudding (not instant-doesn't come in instant)
1 box orange jello
1 to 2 cans mandarin oranges, drained.
1 tub coolwhip or equivalent measure of whipped cream.
Put 2 cups cold water in a saucepan. Whisk in all three box mixes. Heat over medium heat till boiling, stirring constantly (spoon works better for this, to me). Remove from heat, let cool to room temp. Fold in Cool Whip and 1 can of oranges.
Pour into serving bowl, arrange most of the second can of oranges on top.
Can also use strawberry or peach flavors/fruit.
Apr. 15th, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
Boxed pudding is essentially sugar and cornstarch. Not really much to go bad there. :)

Tossing pudding into boxed cake mix is good. This is a really common one:

You can also make it a bit thicker and use it to tunnel in a bundt cake. You mix up the bundt cake batter, put about 1/2 of it in the pan, then a ring of pudding (only in the middle, so it doesn't touch the sides) and then the rest of the batter.

There is also a "dessert" recipe (not a cake...I can only call it "dessert") made with pudding, commonly pistachio pudding, but I don't see why other flavors wouldn't work:
Apr. 15th, 2009 02:30 am (UTC)
Oh, and if those recipes don't sound appealing, make them anyway and bring them to work. People will eat anything at work. It's one of the great mysteries of the universe.
Apr. 15th, 2009 08:17 am (UTC)
Use it!

Seriously, like the others have said here, these things can last two or more years past the exp date ... dried/powdered items have much longer of a shelf life.

You could probably use them in cake recipes/mixes as well as certain types of ice cream, if you have a maker.
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