The holidays bring us all an excess of baking and sharing. Leftovers abound and everyone goes home with tupperwares full of goodies. If you’re like us, you may sometimes hang on to these treasures a little too long. Along about March you discover a plastic container in the back of the fridge that’s starting to spontaneously come to life. If your leftovers start to mumble it’s time toss them.
What’s the longest you’ve ever held on to a Christmas goodie? A month? Three months? Served it for a Labor Day snack? How about a century?
Leave it to the folks in Minnesota, the birthplace of ‘covered dish’ and the Jello Olympics to go for the record.
According to an article by Lee Svitak Dean of the Star Tribune one Pierre Girard, of Golden Valley, MN is the proud owner of a cake baked in 1911. It was found by folks going through a house for an estate sale and has the details written on the box it was carefully preserved in.
Surprisingly this isn’t the oldest cake around. According to the Mail Online, the Guinness World Record goes to, hold your breath now, an 1898 wedding cake baked in England in 1898.
That should surprise no one. Have you eaten English food? I’m sure there are plenty of English puddings that have been around far longer than that. Everybody is just afraid to open the cupboard and look. (Apologies to my readers in the British Empire, but really, you know I’m right.)
So my advice for the holidays? Eat your goodies so they don’t end up as blog fodder a century from now!