Occasionally one discovers a container with unused seasonings and may be unsure whether it is fresh enough for use. There are a few fast tests you can run to decide not to use the contents.
1. Does the address of the manufacturer include a zip code? Voluntary use of Zip Code in the U.S. began on July 1, 1963. Mandatory use on 2nd and 3rd class mail began in 1967. The absence of a Zip Code on the package would be a good clue that the container may be decades old.
2. Does the package have a UPC bar code? The first package with a UPC bar code was scanned at a supermarket on June 26, 1974. The absence of a UPC bar code would be a good clue that the container may be decades old.
3. Do the contents smell fresh? A weak aroma would also be a good sign that the contents are no longer suitable for use.
We'll be obtaining fresh sage to use with the Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Central Presbyterian Church of Tarentum on Thursday, November 24, 2005 from 1 to 3 PM.
Reservations are recommended but not required. Call 724-224-9220 to make reservations.