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What can I do with expired circular crackers? Answered

I recently found a box of Ritz biscuits (crackers for those of you who don't know them) but they expired last year. The box contains 24 rolls containing about 15 crackers each, what can I do with them?

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MorgantaoBest Answer (author)2011-06-28

I say taste a cracker, and if it's not stale, you can just eat them.
If they are stale or they taste funny, crush them and seed them to the birds. If you have a bird feeder, add it to the seeds.

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LadyJulie (author)2015-01-30

If they taste stale, you can make dog treats with them. Blend them in a blender until it is a course flour.

1/2 cup cracker flour

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/8 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt (to preserve them)

Add water until it becomes the consistency of a sticky cookie dough. Mix well. Scoop with a small teaspoon or cookie scoop onto baking sheets and flatten, you can use a fork to make a criss-cross pattern. Bake at 350F until just done. Take out and let cool.

This is, of course, assuming you have a dog and also do not have a peanut allergy.

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seandogue (author)2011-06-28

Try them. if they taste good they'e fine. expiration dates are often skewed to get the paranoid to toss stuff.

If they're stale, you could feed them to the squirrels or save them for next fall, along with the drippings from any fatty foods you cook along the way.

add the crackers, some birdfood, the fat, and a bit of peanut butter to make
those things you hang on trees for birds to nibble on during migration season and wintertime. I doubt they'll mind stale crackers...

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lemonie (author)2011-06-28
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frollard (author)2011-06-28

Generally speaking, the 'expiry' date is the date where the nutritional information on the box is no longer accurate. To what degree I don't know. Things like biscuits really don't go *that* bad given how many preservatives they have in them. There are 3 dates I can think of:
Sell By: These dates are set by manufacture to ensure their brand is not soured by people taking the product home when its been on the shelf too long and gone stale
Best Before: As described above, nutritional information changed
Expired: Like on dairy products - usually not safe to consume far past that date.

Biscuits, enjoy them.

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Vyger (author)frollard2011-06-28

If they have been opened they may get stale, but even that doesn't effect them other than taste. The one thing you should look for is bugs. Sometimes things like crackers will get mealy bugs in them or other types. So check them before you eat them. Look for the bugs themselves or holes in the packages where they have chewed through. If they are in one they might be in everything. Putting things in the freezer kills all bugs and stops the spread of the infestation.

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rickharris (author)2011-06-28

If the smell OK eat them. Apart from the oil they spray on them not much to go wrong with crackers. Expiry dates are something of a con job and the government in the Uk wants to get rid of them.

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iceng (author)2011-06-28

Crush them and use them to make a pie plate lining.

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