Can I eat it? Indian grocery edition.
February 27, 2014 8:26 AM Subscribe
I bought some hot mango pickle at the Indian grocery store yesterday. It was packaged differently from what I've had before and I am concerned about its safety. When I've bought this same kind before it was in a glass jar with a metal lid, like other shelf-stable canned goods in jars. This time it was stored at room temperature in a glass jar, but the lid is plastic.
posted by SandiBeech to Food & Drink (11 answers total)
When I look at other jars in my kitchen, all of the other wide mouthed jars have metal lids that made a popping noise when they were opened the first time, but some of the narrow mouthed jars like ketchup or mustard in squeeze bottles have plastic lids, with an inner seal that had to be removed before use. The mango pickle jar did not have an inner seal. The mango sticks up above the level of the oil about 1/2 inch. It is Laxmi brand low salt and contains "mango, corn oil, salt, mustard, fenugreek, tumeric powder, asofoetida, and other spices." A printed band around the lid was intact, although I think the lid could be loosened without removing the band.
My general feeling is to throw out any food that I have a doubt about, however, I like this brand better than others I've tried.
Bonus question: I also picked up a small vial labeled "Korma essence". It was with similar vials containing rose and cardamom essences. I assumed I'd be able to decipher this one online, but all I've been able to find so far is that one might add a few drops to lamb or beef dishes. What is this?