This is the story of a package of bacon.
I bought it and forgot about it until well after the expiration date.
My usual custom in such cases was to fry it up for my dogs.
I kept forgetting to do it and the package of bacon was in my refrigerator for several months.
Then one day as I was debating whether to cook it for the dogs or throw it away because at some point cured meat must become rancid even to animals...
I noticed that the bacon looked as red and fresh in the package as the day I bought it.
Hmmm....I said to myself, "Self, how long will it take this bacon to go bad anyway? Even the manufacturer didn't expect the stuff to last this long."
So I put it back into the refrigerator.
I had it in the refrigerator for almost a year.
It still looked as fresh as a daisy.
I had no intention of throwing it away but I had to move.
It was accidentally misplaced in the move.
In an unrelated question: I have noticed in writing this that we keep meat in the REfrigerator - Just who friges meat the first time?