Husband eats 50 year old chicken.


Blackleaf
#1
Wednesday, 8 February 2006

Husband eats 50-year-old chicken



"God you're disgusting, Les. " "Shut up, Beryl, for Christ's Sake! I'm posing happily for the camera." Beryl and Les Lailey had kept the tin since their wedding

A man celebrated his golden wedding anniversary by eating a 50-year-old tin of chicken.

Les and Beryl Lailey, of Denton, Gtr Manchester, were given the chicken in a hamper on their wedding day in 1956.

The Buxted Chicken tin remained in their kitchen cupboard until the couple marked 50 years together this month.

"We kept it safe, and I always said 'on my 50th wedding anniversary I'm going to eat that chicken' - so I did," said former soldier, Mr Lailey, aged 73.

"When we got married I'd just come out of the Army and we had very little money, so we did our own buffet.

"We got a hamper as a present and included in it was this whole chicken in a tin. We didn't use it and packed it away and kept it."

Tight vacuum

Mr Lailey, a former soldier, said he had not felt ill since eating the chicken.

"I can't wait until colour is invented." The couple were given the chicken on their wedding day

The pair met at an Irish pub in Hulme, Manchester.

"I had to go back to the Army almost straight after we met, but we kept in touch by writing letters. I came home and we got married," Mr Lailey added.

Prof Eunice Taylor, a food safety expert at the University of Salford, said: "Canned food can last indefinitely if it has been sealed properly, although the normal shelf life is about six months.

"If it's done at high temperatures and under high pressure, then the process should create a tight vacuum.

"If anyone is going to eat old canned food, I would suggest they heat it thoroughly first of all, just in case to be extra safe."


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missile
#2
Can't wait til colour is invented! Good one
 
I think not
#3
First road kill, now this.
 
yerxa
#4
I never understood canned meat. I don't like the idea of my chicken being full of preservatives.
 
Jo Canadian
#5
Quote: Originally Posted by yerxa

I never understood canned meat. I don't like the idea of my chicken being full of preservatives.

I'm not too sure if that chicken had any preservatives in it at all. It's possible the chicken had none...Unless it's something natural like pickle juice. As mentioned above if something that's at a boiling point is sealed properly It should last a very long time.
 
Jay
#6
Quote: Originally Posted by yerxa

I never understood canned meat. I don't like the idea of my chicken being full of preservatives.


I like corned beef in a can, but I'm crazy.


Then there is the great English cuisine we are all familiar with...
 
Haggis McBagpipe
#7
Quote: Originally Posted by Jay

I like corned beef in a can, but I'm crazy.

Then there is the great English cuisine we are all familiar with...

If you're eating corned beef in a can, you're not crazy, you're corny, Jay.

As for understanding canned meat, Jay's right, you pretty much have to be Spammed to really understand it.

<edited to add a second appropriately spammed emoticon>

 

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