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Fruitcake shelf life

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by OLDNEWBIE, Dec 28, 2013.

  1. OLDNEWBIE

    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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    I actually am one of the few who like it O.K.. It's on sale now I saw at Walmart. How long will it really last? I mean the real fruitcake not the softer flakey kind if you know what I mean. I couldn't find an expiration date on the sale stuff I saw. The internet tells me 2 to 5 years depending on how it's packaged. Any real life experiences?
     
  2. crstrode

    crstrode Spokane County Member

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    Home made fruitcake is the best - especially Mom's recipe. I've made a bunch of it over the years and it has never lasted long enough for shelf life test.
     
  3. skydiver

    skydiver Sandy,OR Well-Known Member

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    No matter how old it is...it's safer and tastes better than my cooking.
     
  4. Qaolin

    Qaolin 1 A.U. from a G2 near Beaverton Old Army Cook Silver Supporter

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    I always thought shelf life of fruit cake was measured in half-life. Once it's inedible it can become building blocks. Just the thing to build a quick bunker with. :laugh:
     
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  5. U201491

    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    I like it too.
    My favorite was the light "Oregon Fruitcake" Fred meyers use to make, but stopped about 15 yrs ago.
    Sure wish we had the recipe for that one. Not partial to the heavy ones too much.
    Anyone remember that ?
     
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  6. trainsktg

    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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  7. Classic

    Classic Federal Way WA Well-Known Member

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    I always thought it would last as long as a twinkee...
     
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  8. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner You'll Never Know Well-Known Member

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    It depends on what State or City you're in. They last forever in San Francisco, Portland, Seattle and New York!
     
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  9. PBinWA

    PBinWA Clark County Well-Known Member

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    I'd be skeptical of what Walmart sells. I doubt there is much alcohol in it (which is what is "preserving" it) but there is probably some other chemicals that are in there to prolong the shelf life.
     
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  10. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    This is exactly what I was thinking.... Add Washington DC to the list.

    As far as the kind of fruitcake that you eat, I know it will turn into a brick at some point, but even then it's probably still edible. May not be enjoyable, but still edible.
     
  11. OLDNEWBIE

    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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    BM brown bread is a canned sweet bread that is O.K. too but haven't seen it around in a while. Just thinking of adding a little variety to the supply. I ate a lot of my stuff last year and one of my new years resolutions is to build it back up. As with everything else I do the budget is tight.
     
  12. Sstrand

    Sstrand La Grande OR Well-Known Member

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    Didn't San Francisco have one they sent to D C a number of years ago . . . I think IT is beginning to show its age . . .

    Sheldon
     
  13. crstrode

    crstrode Spokane County Member

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    That BM canned bread is (was) GREAT! I haven't seen it in years but if I ever do it'll be in my shopping cart.

    Fruitcakes are like "old school" guns such as Charter Arms .38 snubbies, or Browning pocket autos in .25 ACP. Most know-it-alls that deride them have never really given them an honest try.

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  14. BillM

    BillM Amity OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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  15. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner You'll Never Know Well-Known Member

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    You are correct, Sir! That one has been out of the State long enough for the preservatives to dry out!!

    On another note, I wonder if they would last a while if you soaked them in Rum for a few days then food saver bagged them?
     
  16. Sstrand

    Sstrand La Grande OR Well-Known Member

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    I think we should try it on DiFI to see if it would work . . .

    Sheldon
     
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  17. Sstrand

    Sstrand La Grande OR Well-Known Member

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    B&M Brown Bread is listed on Amazon.

    Sheldon
     
  18. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Nope, wouldn't work! I'd have nothing left to save.:thumbup:
     
  19. U201491

    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    They are probably carcinogenic in CAL. Everything else is.
     
  20. Dallas Ken

    Dallas Ken Dallas Or. Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Let me settle this thing about the shelf life of a Fruitcake.........There is only ONE FRUITCAKE in the whole world and people send it back and forth to one another.........NO ONE ever eats it.

    Hope this helps,

    Good Day Gents