Monday, September 04, 2006

Cleaning Out The Freezer

I have a question for my wise readers (or voyeurs...whatever you call yourselves).

If someone you cared about were to find an old ham in their freezer and ask you if they should eat it, what would you tell them? What if the date on the old ham was January 15, 2001? What if the ham smelled of old frozen bananas? And what if it's in the original heat-sealed plastic wrapper but also caked in ice, no doubt caused by multiple thaws and re-freezes caused by multiple power outages over the years?

Be honest. Would you eat it?


At 8:39 AM, September 05, 2006, Blogger beth said...

Um. No.

Put the ham down and back away.


At 12:05 PM, September 05, 2006, Blogger Eric said...

It depends. What would we be having as side dishes?

At 1:21 PM, September 05, 2006, Blogger Jen said...

Do not eat that ham. I beg of you.

At 4:14 PM, September 05, 2006, Blogger Gwynne said...

Beth, okay, okay, don't shoot! Please! I never meant to hurt anybody with it.

Jen, to paraphrase, did you mean to say "Do not eat that ham I am begging you"?

Eric, how do frozen dehydrated bananas sound to you? ;-)

At 8:36 PM, September 05, 2006, Blogger Jim said...

Who needs side dishes! Frozen Botulated Five Year Old Ham... it's what's for dinner!

At 9:25 AM, September 06, 2006, Blogger Gwynne said...

Jim, you don't know how close to the truth that is! I arrived home last night to find that indeed, my dear husband had cooked the ham! Aye, yi, yi! 8-}

Before anyone calls the paramedics, we did throw away the cooked ham. Sheesh. I thought I was only joking about the possibility of eating "botulated" ham.

At 1:11 PM, September 06, 2006, Blogger mis_nomer said...

I don't believe I actually bothered to look up `botulated'. No I didn't find anything, if anyone is interested to know.

2001?????? I bet you have a large freezer whose depths is shrouded in darkness and mystery. :)

At 1:59 PM, September 06, 2006, Blogger Gwynne said...

Heh. Well, I'm glad someone looked it up. I didn't want to but suspected that Jim had just coined a new word.

And while the depths of the freezer were dark and mysterious (and filled with botulated meat), they're now filled with things that won't be around long enough to botulate, like ice cream and ready-to-cook stir-fry dinners. ;-)

At 5:06 AM, September 07, 2006, Blogger Jim said...

Of course I coined a new word! I'm a veritable culinary genius when it comes to the lexicography of putrescent meat.

At 10:11 AM, September 07, 2006, Blogger Gwynne said...

Putrescent? You've done my online dictionary wrong, Jim! That was the longest I've ever had to wait for a word search. ;-)


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