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Ok, so BF and I were going through our store of canned food and trail mix type stuff as we get ready to go camping in a couple of weeks (Zion NP! Yay!), and we ended up having to do a purge of some trail mix-type stuff and a couple of cans of green beans (hey, it's camping food, and an easy way to get veggies after a long day of hiking). BF has become ultra-paranoid about expiration dates since last year he got some strange undiagnosed illness that left him really tired most of the time and just feeling "unwell". He finally started feeling better (we have some suspicions of the culprits, but no absolute certainty), so now he's very careful about things (understandably). It started a discussion about whether things like rice, pasta, and couscous would go "bad". I argued that if the pasta and couscous were whole-wheat, they could potentially go rancid, but I didn't think rice and non-whole-wheat pasta and couscous would go bad and you could probably still cook them up 5 years later without problems.
I'm sure there are opinions here... I'd be very interested to hear them! Thanks in advance!