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post #1 of 11
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Yesterday I bought some Boar's Head hot dogs that have an expiration (sell by) date of Sept 01. Does the flavor or texture of the dogs change much from a fresh pkg to one that is closer to the sell by date?

Shel
post #2 of 11
Not to most people--which is related to how they decided what the sell by date should be. Whether you can tell a difference, I can't answer for you.

I think you'll be satisfied with the product still.

On a related note, MREs for the military are rated at having a storage life of 10 years at 70 degrees. Less if a higher temp, more if lower. The meal is still nutritious and safe, but most people wouldn't eat it anymore as texture and flavor have suffered too much.

Phil
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post #3 of 11
Depends what it is.

If its something prepackaged by the manufacturer, like hot dogs, then no, usually there would not be a noticable difference. If its meat packaged by the supermarket, then yes.
post #4 of 11
Commercial food service hot dogs must be frozen 14 days from their production date. They can be frozen during that two week window for at least six months and must be used immediately after thawing. Retail hot dogs can also be frozen to extend their life. When I purchase Boar's Head natural casings, they immediately go into the freezer. Freeze them immediately or prior to their sell date to extend freshness. Freezing a Boar's Head hot dog will not change it's flavor or texture.
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post #5 of 11
MRE are edible? I thought the acronym stood for "may require extermination".
ugh.
My West Point Junior had me pick up MRE's at the commicery so that he could get used to them prior to heading off to the point. Gross. just gross.
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post #6 of 11
Everything is relative, Shroomgirl.

For anyone who's had to eat C and/or K rations, MREs are gourmet fare.
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post #7 of 11
Did you let the store know? I would at least hope that isn't a common practice :(

I'd also buy a package of new Boar's Head hot dogs and do a side by side comparison and report back to us.

good luck ;)
dan
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 
No, I didn't let the store know as I didn't realize that the package was close to the sell-by date until I got it home and opened the wrapper. Anyway, the dogs were still within the sell-by date, so what's the big deal, It's not as though the dogs were a month past date.

I will, however, check more carefully the next time.

Shel
post #9 of 11
are they the foot long ones? Boar's head is one of the few that make foot longs.
I like Johnsonville skin on dogs....come linked in a bulk package....really like the flavor.
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post #10 of 11
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Had to run to the freezer to check. They're seven inches long. Methinks a foot long dog might be a bit longer than I could easily handle, although it might be fun taking on the challenge.

I've not seen Johnsonville around these parts.

Shel
post #11 of 11
I love Johnsonville and Hummel Bros equally. Awesome taste.
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