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What's the oldest food you've ever eaten?

I was talking to my dad the other night, and one thing he told me is that he likes to cook now and then, easy stuff like pasta. He also told me he likes to eat canned meat (that my mother prepared so much of when the both of them fell hook line and sinker for the Y2K hype) ... I was a little repulsed that he was willingly eating 12+ year old meat, despite the fact that my mother was an avid and expert canning fiend, so I'm sure it was technically safe to eat.

He then told me that the oldest canned food he'd eaten was 25 years old, stuff he found at his parents' house about 10-15 years ago. Apparently he tried that just for the hell of it, admitting that it loses taste after that long (YA THINK!?!?!!!).

I consider myself a pretty adventurous eater, and while if something was canned properly, I might have a bite just to see how it is from something fairly old, the whole eating 12+ year old canned meat without the pretext of 'just to see' or 'this is the only way to survive' is still weirding me out a little.

What's the oldest food you've ever eaten? and ... WHY!??!?

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