I have a packet of wholewheat couscous that is three months past its best before date but was stored in optimal, cool dry conditions. On opening the pack, there was a distinctive but not unpleasant "Oily" aroma, which I assume is from the fat it contains. The product looks fine, and is not discoloured or mouldy etc.

Having cooked a meal with with it, I couldn't taste anything obviously wrong, but my partner could taste something she couldn't quite put her finger on. We are both still alive after eating it with no ill effects, so I assume that a fresh pack would have the same aroma.

In lieu of purchasing another packet to test, is my wife right in thinking this has potentially gone off?

  • This doesn't feel like something that anyone who didn't also taste the couscous could tell you ...
    – FuzzyChef
    Commented Apr 10, 2022 at 5:46
  • It also goes to show how widely variable the sense and interpretation of taste and smell are. I have excellent sense of smell, whereas my wife seems more sensitive to taste.
    – Greybeard
    Commented Apr 10, 2022 at 12:41
  • Anyway, rancid whole wheat generally has a bitter aftertaste, if that helps.
    – FuzzyChef
    Commented Apr 10, 2022 at 19:22


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