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 Post subject: Rancid graham crackers?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 8:28 pm 
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Okay, how's this for weirdness...

Somebody posted a recipe on TOBB for a graham cracker cream pie that sounded almost exactly like my grandmother used to make.

I decided to try it today to see if it was, and from the moment I opened the (previously unopened Kroger brand) graham crackers, something just didn't smell right. I proceeded to make the pie, but when we tried it this evening, I knew something was rancid.

Has anyone experienced rancid graham crackers? I threw the entire pie out, and am praying I don't get sick from the two bites I tried.

Amy


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 Post subject: Re: Rancid graham crackers?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 8:35 pm 
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Ewwww, so sad to have made the effort and had that happen. I've started putting all of my crackers in glass jars. Seems to keep them fresh. How long had you had them?

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 Post subject: Re: Rancid graham crackers?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 8:47 pm 
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I'm not sure...maybe eight months? But, they were sealed, so they really should have been okay. God, I can still taste it. I should have listened to my instinct when I first opened the package. Problem is, I live 20 minutes from the nearest grocery store (down a very steep mesa...about a 1,500 foot decline from the top in less than a mile and a half), so I really don't like to "just go to the store to pick up something."

I've learned my lesson.

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 Post subject: Re: Rancid graham crackers?
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Yes, I too encountered bad gc's and it only took once to make an impression. I ended up "driving the porcelin bus" for a few hours. Not sure it the gc's were completely to blame but to date I'm still gun shy.



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 Post subject: Re: Rancid graham crackers?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:42 pm 
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Amy,

Graham crackers are made with whole wheat flour, and will turn rancid. Raw, graham flour is extremely volatile and generally has to be kept in the fridge. 8 months is a bit fast for a sealed package though; I wonder if they were sitting in the store for several months before you bought them?

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 Post subject: Re: Rancid graham crackers?
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Josh,

I know they're WW, but in a sealed package for eight months? They must have been on the shelf too long. I like store brands generally, but I think I'm buying Honey Maid graham crackers from here out.

Amy


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 Post subject: Re: Rancid graham crackers?
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Someone gave me a graham cracker from their secret stash (you can't get them here making them all the better) and I took a nibble... had to be one of the nastiest things I've ever had. The taste just stuck in my mouth for way longer then you would imagine.

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 Post subject: Re: Rancid graham crackers?
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marygott wrote:
The taste just stuck in my mouth for way longer then you would imagine.

Mary


I know exactly what you mean. Had to cleanse my palate with some red wine. ;)

You could make them, but given the ubiquitous nature of them in the states, I never have.

Amy


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 Post subject: Re: Rancid graham crackers?
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Red wine! Damn, I should remember that when in doubt to always go for the red wine.

I saw that Martha has a recipe for g. crackers and have been thinking about making them for my annual 4th of July party so we can make s'mores in the fire pit. Marshmallows I can buy so I don't think I will go that far.

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 Post subject: Re: Rancid graham crackers?
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marygott wrote:
Red wine! Damn, I should remember that when in doubt to always go for the red wine.

I saw that Martha has a recipe for g. crackers and have been thinking about making them for my annual 4th of July party so we can make s'mores in the fire pit. Marshmallows I can buy so I don't think I will go that far.

Mary

I find marshmallows much easier to make than graham crackers. I used the Alton Brown recipe and I thought they were terrible. Too much molasses and the texture was all wrong.


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