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    • kah22
    • By kah22 3rd Jan 18, 10:25 AM
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    Biscuits - Best Before Date
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    • 3rd Jan 18, 10:25 AM
    Biscuits - Best Before Date 3rd Jan 18 at 10:25 AM
    Was doing my normal post Christmas/New Year clean out when I discovered an unopened box of M&S Belgian Collection biscuits the inner wrapper is still in place, the Best Before date was May 17. As thatís only a Best Before date Iím wondering if the biscuits are still OK to eat ?
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    • bouicca21
    • By bouicca21 3rd Jan 18, 10:30 AM
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    Only way to find out is to taste ...

    Presumably the chocolate looks ok? Hasn't got a whitish bloom?
    • Katieowl
    • By Katieowl 3rd Jan 18, 10:31 AM
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    • 3rd Jan 18, 10:31 AM
    Yeah I think so, try them. I think the only thing that might be affected is the texture, they may be a bit soft.
    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 3rd Jan 18, 10:40 AM
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    • 3rd Jan 18, 10:40 AM
    Best before is for the shop's benefit and re-ordering purposes. It means up to that date the goods are in perfect condition to be sold but the goods may deteriorate slightly in taste or texture from then on. I 've never found any goods like biscuits to have deteriorated at all and we just use up what we have no matter what the best before date says. Use by dates, different but even they are not always the voice of doom for goods stored carefully and in the cool of the fridge, nose and taste will tell us if they're fit to use or not.
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    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 3rd Jan 18, 10:40 AM
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    Give them a taste if they taste odd then bin them but if not you have some more biscuits to eat win-win really, even if soft they won't hurt you smash them up and use as a base for cheese cake
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    • Blackbeard of Perranporth
    • By Blackbeard of Perranporth 3rd Jan 18, 12:15 PM
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    Send them all to me, and at the mill we will carryout some destructive testing for you.
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    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 3rd Jan 18, 12:32 PM
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    • 3rd Jan 18, 12:32 PM
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    • 3rd Jan 18, 12:32 PM
    How? How have biscuits survived that long - they wouldn't in this house!

    And yes I'd eat them.
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    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 3rd Jan 18, 3:01 PM
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    • 3rd Jan 18, 3:01 PM
    May 2017?
    They're new!

    I'd eat them too.
    At least, I'd try one and see if they were OK.
    I did throw away (my bad as I hate throwing food away ) a pack of cheese biscuits as they were soft (BBE March 2015) but I'm not sure I'd have liked them even if they weren't soft. They were a bit 'claggy'.
    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 3rd Jan 18, 3:17 PM
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    • 3rd Jan 18, 3:17 PM
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    • 3rd Jan 18, 3:17 PM
    Hmmm, I found a box of biscuits for cheese and a packet of shortbread in the back of the cupboard from last Christmas

    I've a Christmas pud here from at least five years back
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    • Matt Jones
    • By Matt Jones 3rd Jan 18, 3:45 PM
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    Use the eye test. If they look ok try your luck. If not then send them over to me and I'll take my chances!
    • purpleybat
    • By purpleybat 5th Jan 18, 10:17 AM
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    Give them a taste if they taste odd then bin them but if not you have some more biscuits to eat win-win really, even if soft they won't hurt you smash them up and use as a base for cheese cake
    Originally posted by JackieO

    my thought too was that they might be too soft to happily scoff but could be recycled into a cheesecake base. if choc topped I probably wouldn't use so much butter in the mix.


    my other thoughts were, and I don't know if these will work, was to roughly crumble and add to a plain cookie dough, choc brownie mix etc.
    or to use in a sort of tiramisu thing where you soak them in coffee anyway.
    gc 2017 £1841.27.
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