I did a big clean out of my pantry this week. One of the many things I discovered way in the back, lost and forgotten, was a large box of whole wheat matzo, just weeks from expiration...and I was not about to let it go to waste.
I'm a bit sensitive about expiration dates on account two unfortunate incidents from my past. The first occurred shortly after I was married when my mom was staying with us. One night after dinner while rummaging through the pantry, she found a jar of peanut butter and inhaled a big spoonful (one of the reasons I love my mother). The next morning I woke up to find her comforter and sheets piled high outside the bedroom and a not very happy mother lying on the bed. She had what we had believed to be horrible food poisoning from dinner only to realize that the the culprit was the peanut butter--which was over a year beyond it's expiration date. Oops. Needless to say my mother was less than happy with me.
Well, retribution can be a horrible thing. A year later while visiting my family in Kentucky I made myself oatmeal for breakfast one morning. Not too long after, I became violently ill for 24 hours and assumed it was food poisoning from the night before. Upon further examination we realized it was from the oatmeal that was six years past its expiration date. Not wanting to throw away food must be a dominant trait in my family.
Those were both tough lessons to learn, but I now know how important it is to look at those dates and use food before it expires.
So back to that almost expired box of whole wheat matzo in my pantry. I put it to good use with these crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside chicken tenders. Waste not, want not...especially when the alternative is food poisoning!