April 23, 2007

The Impressive Pace of Food Science

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:09 pm by Ian

To my loyal fans: fear not. There is a longerish entry about my hiking trip of a week ago, and the friendly domesticated beast who befriended us on our quest in progress.

I’m sitting at my desk at work and looking at the empty snack-sized bag of Doritos, which says, in the lower left corner “Flavored Tortilla Chips.” While the use of “flavored” without a modifier betrays the fact that this isn’t real food, it’s still better than the corresponding explanation on the snack-sized Cheetos bags: “Cheese Flavored Product”. But what actually caught my eye today is in another corner, where the freshness guarantee is stamped. It says

Guaranteed Fresh until

June 19

That’s right. They can predict when these chips will go stale to the minute. I am now tempted to squirrel away two of the other bags until mid-June to test this prediction.


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