Help me with this cookie/anxiety problem.
January 1, 2013 1:46 PM Subscribe
FoodSafetyFilter: Does old peanut butter make these delicious cookies ... OF DOOM?
posted by Linda_Holmes to Food & Drink (24 answers total)
I realized after I put the (non-natural) (Jif) peanut butter in some cookies I just made that it's probably been open in the pantry for ... six months, give or take a month. Shelf life opened is supposed to be more like three, I now see. It tasted okay, though a tad stale/old, maybe. Not rancid/gross, just not as fresh. Threw the rest out, which is fine, whatever, it's just peanut butter. They'll make more. But now I've got these cookies.
My understanding is that most things of this particular kind are more quality-related than safety-related, and that it's unlikely that something will kill you after six months unrefrigerated that wouldn't kill you after three, even though it might not taste as good. But like all chronic worriers, I worry chronically. My sense is that zillions of people leave their peanut butter open for a year and don't even realize anyone would attach a shelf life to it. So like so many food safety weirdos before me, I am asking with furrowed brow: DO I HAVE TO THROW OUT THESE COOKIES?