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Does Marmite ever go off?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Lysander, Jun 19, 2013.

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  1. Lysander


    Joined: Aug 1, 2005

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    Location: Flatland

    So I found a jar of Marmite in this building, the use by date says March 2010, but it smells and looks absolutely fine. Think it'll be OK to eat?
  2. AJK

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Sep 8, 2009

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    No, no it doesn't.

    (No, it's three years out of date. Buy a new one.)
  3. InertProtocol


    Joined: Sep 1, 2011

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    Location: Peterborough

    Guess it would be ok due to the amount of Salt in it. Now get in on some hot crumpets with lashings of butter :)

    I hear it'll outlive humans!
  4. Cosimo

    Man of Honour

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    I would expect it to get out of the jar and walk away quite soon.
  5. skippy2421

    Wise Guy

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    There's only one way to find out.
  6. greywolf

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    I'd be more concerned about using a random jar found in some building over if its in date or not.
  7. Frightful Boar


    Joined: Jun 14, 2013

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    It'll be fine. Health and safety is for wimps.
  8. Lysander


    Joined: Aug 1, 2005

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    Location: Flatland

    True. If it's still there on Friday [which I imagine it will be] I'll get some bread and find out.
  9. G-MAN2004


    Joined: Jul 4, 2004

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    Marmite is never okay to eat.
  10. Monkeynut


    Joined: Nov 7, 2007

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    Location: Cheshire

    You need to mix it with Mustard and it turns a whiteish colour if it's off.
  11. haaammit


    Joined: Aug 22, 2010

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    Marmite doesn't have a use by date on it, it has a best before date, which is very different ;)
  12. inogen


    Joined: Jul 19, 2009

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    I've never come across out-of-date marmite. Or noticed it. I had a big jar with a broken lid though, and that never went "off".
  13. checjb

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    I wouldn't risk it. Not because of any inherent problem with the shelf life but because it's vile glop. :)

    I remember going on a tour of the Tetley brewery and being told that some of the waste yeast goes into marmite. It seemed very apropriate.
  14. Creedmoor

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    What building?
  15. jsmoke


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  16. edgedemon


    Joined: Oct 10, 2005

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    Location: London

    A jar never lasts long enough in my house for me to find out - love the stuff..
  17. inogen


    Joined: Jul 19, 2009

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    What's wrong with that?:D
  18. yhack


    Joined: Jan 6, 2005

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    Location: Cambridge

    Try some and if you feel sick, that's just part of the deal with Marmite.
  19. nkata


    Joined: Mar 1, 2010

    Posts: 6,882

    Location: Cheshire / Staffordshire

    I have some unopened gold marmite from last christmas. It will be fine for a few years yet.

    I have been eating marmite for 50+ years and do not recall ever seeing mould forming on it.
  20. randal


    Joined: Oct 1, 2006

    Posts: 12,050

    My Mum used to work in A&E, and had to book a gentleman in who had suffered at the hands of his friends whilst passed out.

    They had dropped his nuts individually into a Marmite jar, which of course worked fine. However, there was no way he could remove them together due to their combined width and the constraint of the jar neck.

    I'm not sure how this is supposed to help admittedly, but I'd just go and buy some new Marmite given it's small cost. I would however recommend not placing your testicles in the empty jar, as above.
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