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12 year old Macaroni and Cheese, Mmmmm

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by mac66, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. mac66

    mac66 Huge Member Millennium Member

    Oct 28, 1999
    Blue Planet
    On the back shelf one of my storage areas I came across 4 boxes of store brand Macaroni and Cheese dinner from my Y2K preps. They were dated to expire in 2000 so they were probably older than that. Made a box for lunch today.

    It was yummy.:supergrin:
  2. G29Reload

    G29Reload Tread Lightly

    Sep 28, 2009
    hey why not?

    I don't buy that stuff but if memory serves, its a cardboard box with dried pasta in it, that gets boiled up.

    Then there's some cheese powder that's dehydrated.

    As long as bugs don't get to it, it should be fine for a bit.

  3. racerford


    Apr 22, 2003
    DFW area
    bugs just add a little protein, if you cook them right.:supergrin:
  4. mac66

    mac66 Huge Member Millennium Member

    Oct 28, 1999
    Blue Planet
    No bugs and no after effects after 5 hours. :supergrin:
  5. Bolster

    Bolster Not Ready Yet!

    Jul 23, 2011
    State of Stupidity
    THinking this over, wouldn't pasta be something like hardtack? It's basically a flour paste that's then dried.

    Foodkeeper says 2 years ( but other sources say "nearly indefinite," as long as you keep the bugs away.

    "Millennium Ark" hints at 8-10 years or longer.

    One thing to remember is the difference between "edible" and "nutritious." A food may not cause you any problems, but may have lost most of its nutritional value as well.
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2012
  6. G29Reload

    G29Reload Tread Lightly

    Sep 28, 2009
    Hey when the Terminator comes back to finish off post-nuclear wasteland of LA, it will be looking mighty tasty. May be the only thing that will survive so that's all you'll have to recharge with after bangin' Sarah Connor. Better stock up!

  7. RMTactical

    RMTactical CLM

    Oct 7, 2000
    Behind an AR-15
    The weevils add extra protein.
  8. inzone


    Aug 20, 2009
    I still have a bunch of Y2K buckets...almost all have been just fine...I have decided to keep the rest just as a test....been in a garage since problemas......
  9. RightGlock1


    Feb 12, 2010
    Strainer screen for the weevils when they float to the top. Use later as pepper on your dehydrated eggs. :tongueout::rofl:
  10. pugman


    May 16, 2003
    as someone whose favorite movie is the original Terminator unless you are bangin' a skeleton Sarah Connor is long off the market when LA got nuked

    Then again, I would like to think T3 never existed.

    As for 12 year old mac and cheese; add a little tabasco and bourbon on top of it will kill just about anything
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2012
  11. I prefer Kraft Dinner with Ketchup.
  12. Javelin

    Javelin Got Glock? Silver Member

    Feb 9, 2008
    N. Dallas
    This forum is always the most interesting when it comes to cuisine... The little pet rodents stir fry thread really grossed me out. 12 y/o expired Mac & Cheese. Sure no biggie.

  13. mac66

    mac66 Huge Member Millennium Member

    Oct 28, 1999
    Blue Planet
    Well yeah, Kraft Dinner is the best but back then I was looking for quantity not quality. I have to admit, this store (Meijer) brand MC was pretty tasty. Still have two boxes left out of a couple cases.

    I also found 4 boxes of Federal 22s priced $9.96/550 from Walmart so you can tell how long ago that was. Didn't taste as good as the MC though.:supergrin:
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2012
  14. Sorry I meant Kraft Dinner as a generic term for Mac and Cheese (that is what we called anything similar when we were kids). I dig the off brands too when needed.
  15. mac66

    mac66 Huge Member Millennium Member

    Oct 28, 1999
    Blue Planet
    I pretty much got through my junior year of college living on Mac and Cheese, (@ $.10/box )we just called it MC and a bushel of potatoes my room mates stole from a farm market one night. :whistling: I just realized that was 38 years ago. :faint:
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2012