0737: "Yogurt"

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0737: "Yogurt"

Postby mdistancerunner » Fri May 07, 2010 3:55 am UTC

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Title Text: "I am firmly of the opinion that if something doesn't have a year on it, every time the expiration date rolls around it is good again for the two weeks preceeding that date."

I work at a grocery store. I agree!
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Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

Postby 1337geek » Fri May 07, 2010 3:56 am UTC

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Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

Postby mdistancerunner » Fri May 07, 2010 3:57 am UTC

I don't think he bothered looking it up first...

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Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

Postby murphy42 » Fri May 07, 2010 4:03 am UTC

Finally! a strip with some culture!

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Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

Postby Username4242 » Fri May 07, 2010 4:05 am UTC

murphy42 wrote:Finally! a strip with some culture!


Awesome.

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Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

Postby eviloatmeal » Fri May 07, 2010 4:06 am UTC

My hobby:

During leap years I buy lots of groceries that expire on February 29th. I scratch out the years in the expiration dates and during the following years I sneak the products back into stores.
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Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

Postby UnSpace » Fri May 07, 2010 4:08 am UTC

Randall, get out of my head! And my refrigerator…that one yogurt might be edible in July!

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Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

Postby DennyMo » Fri May 07, 2010 4:09 am UTC

Reminds me of the time my mom threw out my kimchee "because it had gone bad".
"How could you tell?"
"The lid was swelling."
"Mom, by definition, kimchee has gone bad, that's how they make the stuff!"

I still tease her about it from time to time. She still threatens to throw it out any time she finds it in my fridge. It's a fun game.

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Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

Postby SW15243 » Fri May 07, 2010 4:10 am UTC

I used to work CS at a grocery store. One week we got a giant palette of orange juice - our shipment for the whole week, and it was dated August X, 2008. This was August 2009, and they wouldn't refund the money we spent on it or send us a new thing until the next week.

It was brown. Dark brown.

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Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

Postby prokrastinatorSF » Fri May 07, 2010 4:12 am UTC

What it was packaged under the Napoleonic Republican calendar?

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Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

Postby Omegaton » Fri May 07, 2010 4:17 am UTC

Some of the food in my fridge is coming around to the first year... Hrmmm.

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Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

Postby chocolate.razorblades » Fri May 07, 2010 4:27 am UTC

murphy42 wrote:Finally! a strip with some culture!

Haha thank you for that. :)
Omegaton wrote:Some of the food in my fridge is coming around to the first year... Hrmmm.

Disgusting!

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Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

Postby rocketrat » Fri May 07, 2010 4:29 am UTC

I work in a supermarket, and still didn't find this funny. Maybe I would if I didn't work there.

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Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

Postby glasnt » Fri May 07, 2010 4:30 am UTC

Now Playing: Weird Al - Living in the Fridge [128kbs]

HI JOEE


Work fridges should be deemed scientific experiments and get a tax exemption.

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Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

Postby FCN » Fri May 07, 2010 4:33 am UTC

Stink lines!

Is this their first xkcd appearance?
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Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

Postby ferrouswheel » Fri May 07, 2010 4:44 am UTC

murphy42 wrote:Finally! a strip with some culture!


That was even funnier than the comic (which I thought was amusing). Very nice.

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Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

Postby GbLiNg420 » Fri May 07, 2010 4:52 am UTC

Dat wuz weak

Seriously, it's not funny.

It's not realistic at all and that overshadows the little bit of humor that's in it.

D+
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Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

Postby Kaijyuu » Fri May 07, 2010 4:52 am UTC

I tend to throw things out a week before the expiration date.
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Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

Postby Omegaton » Fri May 07, 2010 4:53 am UTC

chocolate.razorblades wrote:
Omegaton wrote:Some of the food in my fridge is coming around to the first year... Hrmmm.

Disgusting!

To be fair, it's cheese. I've assumed it doesn't go bad all that quickly.

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Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

Postby rocketrat » Fri May 07, 2010 4:56 am UTC

murphy42 wrote:Finally! a strip with some culture!

That made the comic so much better. :D

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Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

Postby FoodSciGuy06 » Fri May 07, 2010 4:58 am UTC

Technically speaking, yogurt should be perfectly safe to eat well past the expiration date. The bacterial cultures will just continue fermenting until they all die off from the lactic acid they produce. This will cause a watery layer to form on the top and it will have a bit of an acid bite. However, it will have a low enough pH so if, for some reason there are other bacteria in the yogurt, it will likely be low enough to inhibit growth. So, unless someone has been lacing their yogurt with bot toxin, it should be fine.

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Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

Postby abstractpotato » Fri May 07, 2010 4:59 am UTC

The title-text made it for me.

murphy42 wrote:Finally! a strip with some culture!

Epic.

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Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

Postby SW15243 » Fri May 07, 2010 5:05 am UTC

FoodSciGuy06 wrote:Technically speaking, yogurt should be perfectly safe to eat well past the expiration date. The bacterial cultures will just continue fermenting until they all die off from the lactic acid they produce. This will cause a watery layer to form on the top and it will have a bit of an acid bite. However, it will have a low enough pH so if, for some reason there are other bacteria in the yogurt, it will likely be low enough to inhibit growth. So, unless someone has been lacing their yogurt with bot toxin, it should be fine.

I've accidentally eaten month-expired yogurt before. Everything you just said is so, so wrong.
I can't explain it with science, but yeah. No acid taste, just - wow, crippling indigestion.

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Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

Postby Sprocket » Fri May 07, 2010 5:12 am UTC

No one has brought up the very different art in today's comic. I almost thought it was a guest comic.

Also stuff is supposed to be good for at least a week AFTER the expiration date. My roomate would always want to throw stuff out approaching the expiration date, I got a lot of free food this way. Especially milk.
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Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

Postby tastelikecoke » Fri May 07, 2010 5:16 am UTC

I had a feeling Randall changed his magical comic making software.

the comic was funny, but the comments were funnier!
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Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

Postby FoodSciGuy06 » Fri May 07, 2010 5:16 am UTC

SW15243 wrote:
FoodSciGuy06 wrote:Technically speaking, yogurt should be perfectly safe to eat well past the expiration date. The bacterial cultures will just continue fermenting until they all die off from the lactic acid they produce. This will cause a watery layer to form on the top and it will have a bit of an acid bite. However, it will have a low enough pH so if, for some reason there are other bacteria in the yogurt, it will likely be low enough to inhibit growth. So, unless someone has been lacing their yogurt with bot toxin, it should be fine.

I've accidentally eaten month-expired yogurt before. Everything you just said is so, so wrong.
I can't explain it with science, but yeah. No acid taste, just - wow, crippling indigestion.

The acidic bite can be overcome by other, stronger flavors of the yogurt. However the acid can mess with your digestive tract, causing some indigestion. Unless there was mold growth, there was no cause for any worry of food poisoning - just an imbalance in the pH your system is used to.

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Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

Postby GbLiNg420 » Fri May 07, 2010 5:22 am UTC

FoodSciGuy06 wrote:Technically speaking, yogurt should be perfectly safe to eat well past the expiration date. The bacterial cultures will just continue fermenting until they all die off from the lactic acid they produce. This will cause a watery layer to form on the top and it will have a bit of an acid bite. However, it will have a low enough pH so if, for some reason there are other bacteria in the yogurt, it will likely be low enough to inhibit growth. So, unless someone has been lacing their yogurt with bot toxin, it should be fine.


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Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

Postby scikidus » Fri May 07, 2010 5:24 am UTC

Did Randall get a new tablet, or is he just messing with new brush settings? Everyone knows that lines in xkcd-world can't have textur--


...If that is some meta-reference to yogurt, Randall, I will hunt you down and hug you.
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Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

Postby helo darqness » Fri May 07, 2010 5:27 am UTC

A couple years ago, I was cleaning out my mother's pantry for her. I found some Progresso soup. Im not sure how old it was but it preceeding the Nutrition Facts Label...there was a point when foods werent required for that...

So it was probably 20 years old.

I can do better. My dad owned a chemical company for a while. It had been in the family for several generations. The building was 100 years old...my brother and I were exploring it and found an old vending machine with juice from 1910.

It was a thick black sludge that smelled like rotting ass.

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Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

Postby tastelikecoke » Fri May 07, 2010 5:30 am UTC

I found some expired Yakult cultured milk in the fridge (Nov 2009) do you think its good?

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Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

Postby teaser » Fri May 07, 2010 5:42 am UTC

I tend to challenge food when it passed its expiration date. Last night I ate some feta cheese that didn't have the texture any more it should have. I still feel okay. This week I finally threw out the fish sauce that passed its exp. date for over a year. It got stronger by the month, not bad.

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Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

Postby FoodSciGuy06 » Fri May 07, 2010 5:46 am UTC

GbLiNg420 wrote:
FoodSciGuy06 wrote:Technically speaking, yogurt should be perfectly safe to eat well past the expiration date. The bacterial cultures will just continue fermenting until they all die off from the lactic acid they produce. This will cause a watery layer to form on the top and it will have a bit of an acid bite. However, it will have a low enough pH so if, for some reason there are other bacteria in the yogurt, it will likely be low enough to inhibit growth. So, unless someone has been lacing their yogurt with bot toxin, it should be fine.


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According to fda.gov, yogurt is to have a pH of 4.6 or lower according to the standard of identity. In terms of food microbiology, Salmonella is the main microorganism of concern as they can survive and grow in environments with as low as a pH of 4. This is generally achievable with the continued fermentation of lactic acid bacteria. such as Lactobacillus bulgaricus, a common probiotic in yogurt. The only instance I can think of where this would not be the result is if the milk were improperly pasteurized, or the starter cultures were killed before the product was sealed, this would take away the fermentative process and also take away the inhibitory effects of the lactic acid bacteria and open the door for other bacteria to grow. However, then you also wouldnt have yogurt either.

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Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

Postby faunablues » Fri May 07, 2010 6:03 am UTC

Not all yogurts still contain live, active cultures at the time of purchase. There's a specific label for that. Though they're all made this way, the bacteria could have died in the processing after fermentation.
Also, it would be easy to have a contaminant so long as the container was not originally sterile. I'm pretty sure they don't autoclave that stuff.

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Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

Postby Arisen » Fri May 07, 2010 6:06 am UTC

murphy42 wrote:Finally! a strip with some culture!


I would have liked the comic a lot more if that was the alt text

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Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

Postby pbnjstowell » Fri May 07, 2010 6:19 am UTC

What's really fun is finding old peanut butter.
Just don't TASTE it.

No, really. Don't.

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Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

Postby Grop » Fri May 07, 2010 6:53 am UTC

I am yet to see an expiration date with no year.

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Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

Postby Benson » Fri May 07, 2010 6:56 am UTC

This is funny as written. Of course, yogurt rarely lasts more than a week in my fridge -- one of the few healthy foods so eminently snackable I don't have to worry about it (cf. bacon).

However, I find it even funnier if one presumes the character in panels 1 and 2 is Sam Axe, and panel 3 is Michael Westen. (In the unseen 4th panel, Fi disposes of the yogurt by blowing it up with C4.)

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Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

Postby Picklesworth » Fri May 07, 2010 6:59 am UTC

I love when they write the date like 11/05/10, as if it'll make sense to anyone. When those ones expire up here I send them to my friends in the States.

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Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

Postby tastelikecoke » Fri May 07, 2010 7:17 am UTC

Sometimes you can't really distinguish the Manufacture Date with the Expiration Date. This causes excalating problems.
those pesky 11 07 10 labels are even worse.


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