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    Are these carrots bad?

    I have a bag of baby carrots, still sealed, never opened, in the fridge, with an expiration date of Oct 5. Are they still cookable? They don't look bad. Still firm. I haven't opened them, so I don't know how they smell.




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    open them and see...if they look/smell fine and are still firm I'd go for it!

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    I usually use borderline ones for crockpot roasts and stuff.

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    Are they slimy? If not, they are fine. Root vegetables, like carrots, keep extremely well. Bagged carrots will go bad because they've been cut and washed, but an unopened bag is probably fine.

    There is no Carrot Plague that you get from outdated carrots (or I'd be dead, having frequently stored carrots for months and months.)
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    Um, EW! Almost 2 months past their expiry date, I'd toss them regardless of how they smell. lol Maybe a week or two past, but not 2 months.

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    Not slimy, not smelly, and tastes ok.

    I'm making pot roast tonite and we have a snowstorm coming thru, so I don't really want to go out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moonhoney2 View Post
    Not slimy, not smelly, and tastes ok.
    They're good.

    Carrots last a very long time in the right conditions.

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    Is American food irradiated? I remember reading that somewhere and I can't imagine how carrots could be still as good as new 8 weeks after their use-by date.:carol

    Turn all the lights out and tell us if they glow in the dark.

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    I buy organic carrots, so maybe that makes a difference. They get slimy after a week or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by koo View Post
    Is American food irradiated? I remember reading that somewhere and I can't imagine how carrots could be still as good as new 8 weeks after their use-by date.:carol

    Turn all the lights out and tell us if they glow in the dark.
    First of all, it is surely a "sell-by" date, and not an expiration date.

    Carrots don't expire.

    Traditionally, one dug up carrots in late fall, and stored them in a cool place ALL winter. Carrots, being roots, are meant to stay in the ground all winter and start growing again in the spring.

    When a carrot goes bad, you can tell. It gets slimy and gross. (If your carrots go bad after a week, you aren't storing them right. I've grown many an organic carrot, and not had one go bad after a week.)

    A carrot that has been stored for a long time may start to dry out and look shrivelled and unattractive, but it isn't "bad" in the sense that it would hurt you to eat it.

    It's a vegetable, not raw hamburger!

    Don't you wonder how people lived through the winter 100 years ago without refrigerators?

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