Who's the Quaker Oat Numnuts Who Makes the "Best By" Date?!!
by Selena J,posted Apr 5 2013 10:48AM
All I wanted to eat was some oatmeal - easy enough. I took a bite, and it tasted chalky. I turned Mr Quaker Oat over to check the expiration, and it says: JAN 16 10L241/T What does that mean?!!!!
Is it best before JANUARY 2016, or should I have thrown it out three years ago, on JANUARY 16, 2010?
People were adamant in their replies on-air and on Facebook, too: "Duh, Selena, the "10" is clearly part of the batch code. It doesn't expire til 2016." ...oh, so I'm THAT bad of a cook, I can't even microwave oats and water.
After trying to research online and just finding other idiots like me trying to rationalize food product codes, I finally called Mr. Quaker Oat himself. Actually, his name was Hilton, and he sounded more like the Pepperidge Farm cookie guy. I wanted to adopted him as my new Grand Pappy.
Pappy Hilton confirmed that its "BEST OF" date (God forbid you utter "expire"; that curse word is NOT in Quaker Oats' vernacular) is, indeed:
JANUARY 16, 2010 !!!!!!
Yes, for those of you who thought, "what a simpleton, she doesn't know what batch codes are..." Turns out, that "10" attached to that weird code IS IN FACT THE YEAR IT'S BEST BY.
It tasted awful for a reason; thankfully, that reason wasn't me.
Even Pappy Hilton suggested I throw it out. I swear, if he could, he would have offered me a Milano cookie through the phone to make up for it.