Marmite: Best Before dates?

Discussion in 'Cookery' started by Litotes, Feb 6, 2013.

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  1. I have just cleared the house belonging to a deceased Aunt. Right at the back of one of the kitchen cupboards, I found a jar of Marmite with a BBE date of 12/99.

    Marmite jar.jpg

    It is fully sealed, with an intact plastic cap, and I was sufficiently intrigued to keep it.

    The big questions are:

    • Does Marmite go off?
    • Is it still edible?
    • Bread, toast, cracker or Ryvita?
    • Will I die if I try it?
    • Will I have to declare this as a valuable asset to those money grabbing thieves called HMRC?

    Grateful for advice...

  2. Your Auntie was very wise.
  3. I thought this was going to be a thread about the benefits (or otherwise) of having Marmite breath prior to snogging.
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  4. Grumblegrunt

    Grumblegrunt LE Book Reviewer

    it'll be fine, nothing on earth can grow on marmite.

    its a best before date. a bit like throwing yogurt away 2 days after its best before - its rotten milk whats going to happen to it?
  5. Go for it, but put a few rolls of toilet paper in the fridge just in case.
  6. Grumblegrunt

    Grumblegrunt LE Book Reviewer

    there might even be a vintage marmite buyer out there.
  7. Sniff test, then tuck in.
  8. Brotherton Lad

    Brotherton Lad LE Reviewer

    If it blows off gas when you open it, it's been fermenting for 13 years. Use it for cooking.

    If it doesn't, use it in whatever way you want.
  9. Grumblegrunt

    Grumblegrunt LE Book Reviewer

    I remember as kid there was allways a jar of historic marmite in everyones larder next to the heinz sandwich spread. nothing seemed to off back them.
  10. TheIronDuke

    TheIronDuke LE Book Reviewer

    How do you know that? She is ******* dead so it is not exactly like you can ask her is it you heartless bastard.

    Thoughts with the family RIP and that.

    Right. You require...

    A big slice of brown bread. Toasted.

    Butter. You need to see your teeth marks in the butter so do not be shy.

    Marmite. Slap it on.

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  11. 1. As noted by GG: "BEST BEFORE END". Apparently not. (I'd guess the salt stops any bugs.)
    2. See [1.]
    3. Toast, lightly buttered.
    4. See [1.]
    5. Not if you eat it first!

    Mmmm, Marmite... :)
  12. Providing the seal to the jar is intact and the cap is not domed it will be perfectly usable. If, however when you open it, there is an acrid smell of stale beer it has fermented and should be binned. If you choose to use it you will be living in the smallest room of your house for the foreseeable future and your derrière will be trying to drink the water out of the toilet bowl.
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  13. Auld-Yin

    Auld-Yin LE Reviewer Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    The Best Before date for Marmite is the date before​ it is made :tp:
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  14. Brotherton Lad

    Brotherton Lad LE Reviewer

    Girly answer! Emsav.
  15. Put it on E-bay "as eaten by Them"
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