Yesterday’s fun freezer find was a decade old. The label was a little smudged but read: “Rhubarb and [something illegible] Crumble, 2010.”
I asked some friends the question: “Should we?“
There came a mixed response from “Glad it’s not just me!” and “Definitely!” and “Must. Not. Waste. Crumble.” to “2010????????” (which I took to be a negative), followed by the phlegmatic sagacity of my Canadian cousin, “Bet it is enjoyed by all.“
So, overwhelmingly positive and partially confessional. I learned about the Paxo stuffing mix from 1996, the wild rice with a ‘best before date‘ of 2017, and the 5 year old quiche which liquified in its entirety on being introduced to room temperature.
One friend said that – of course – she had a clear out before she moved house last year, so nothing to report there. To which I had to admit that our Crumble has moved house with us twice in 2012 and once in 2019, which indicates that either I thought one should never chuck a crumble, or I’m a hoarder. I suspect it’s a bit of both.
Back to the Crumble, which looked pretty good to me. And then I remembered its provenance. Boxing Day 2010, so actually only 9.5 years old. Big family gathering of three generations (all close together, and definitely within 2m of each other – how weird). Main course done, we’re all feeling happy, then out come the puds.
As usual, I’ve over-catered, but no matter as we’ll eat up all the leftovers. My mum has made pavlova or something chocolatey, someone else has provided ice cream and fruit, and I serve up the Crumble with pride (because I reckon this is a fine specimen). And then my sister-in-law says she dislikes rhubarb.
Well, it tasted damn good, the Crumble that the Hoarder. Would. Not. Waste.
I take a few things away from this episode:
- Hoarding is not always a bad thing.
- Friends assumed that “Should we?” meant “Should we eat?” not “Should we throw out?“. Interesting.
- Crumble can survive several moves in and out of a freezer for at least a decade.
- Old Rhubarb and Ginger Crumble is a winner. Especially when teamed with some ancient ice cream (chocolate, gluten-free, bought once when entertaining a friend who was coeliac). Decadent.
- I never bear a grudge. But I will also never forget that my sister-in-law is not fond of rhubarb.
What’s in your freezer?