So here goes...
Chocolate...Does it ever really go bad? I know that it can bloom and get a white film on the surface but in that case it is still good to eat. But some of the baking chocolate she gave me is hella old. Like from when I was a kid old (I recognize the box). Do you think its still edible? And there is other chocolate in quantity (chips, bars, blocks). What the heck am I supposed to do with all this chocolate?
(On a side not it baffles the hell out of me that she can have this unused baking chocolate that is over twenty years old (!!) and still have bought eight new boxes of the exact same thing in the last few years).
Flour: I know that wheat flour goes bad pretty quickly as the oils go rancid (I tossed the 10lbs she gave me that had a 'good by' date of 2006) but what about unbleached or white flour? Should I put the extra (forty or fifty lbs) into the freezer or is it pretty much too late if its been stored at room temp for years?
Sugar: Does it go nasty? Again I threw away the powdered sugar that looked to be about ten years old (or more) but there is plenty more that has a more recent expiration date. There is also about five or six pounds of brown sugar.
One last question. I make all my baked stuff from scratch. That way I know what it in there and there are no nasty surprises. Plus it just tastes better that way. But she gave me two big grocery bags of prepared mix stuff (bread, cake, brownie, jello, pudding etc...). I don't like to turn down free food, but I also don't really want to eat it. Would you just suck it up and eat it because it's free? Or should I freecycle it. Do you think a freecycle person would trust me enough to take food?
TIA! Going to mom's house is always problematic because there is nowhere to walk/sit/move due to all the clutter so I always want to help her get rid of stuff while I can. But having all this baking stuff show up in my small kitchen is kind of exasperating...especially given the condition of so much of it.