My camping trip a few weeks ago gave me the chance to use and evaluate a few newer pieces of equipment, which I still need to write about. However, I think I made a discovery (at least for me) about a possible survival comfort food. For those of you who hate Pringles potato crisps, you can stop reading now.
In September 2008 I went on a family camping trip. As I usually do, I packed some comfort foods to snack on. Part of the snack supply was two cans of Pringles. One regular chips, the other cheddar cheese flavor.
I have been taking my time cleaning out the camper after the last trip, and last weekend I discovered the two cans of Pringles in a cabinet behind a bunch of plastic plates and cups we really don't use. After sitting in the camper through two Eastern Washington winters and two summers, I had my doubts that they would be edible. The expiration dates were in November 2009, but I don't pay a lot of attention to these. I was more concerned about the extremes in weather and the possibility of the oils turning rancid and moisture working its way into the containers.
Not to fear. I have opened both cans of Pringles and both taste just fine. I have been snacking on the regular chips for a couple of days now and I am having the cheese flavor with my sandwich for lunch.
If Pringles can survive two years of the weather extremes out in the camper, I wonder how long they will last inside the house, where the temperature never gets above 75 degrees. Rotated on a first in, first out basis, it appears that Pringles would make a good survival comfort food.
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