52 States in 8 Months

Airtight plastic bottles are not … “chocolate-tight”

Posted in Newark by Ulf on March 29, 2009

A few weeks ago our fridge was smelling like hell. And it got worse from day to day. Then on one day after we returned from the pictures (we saw “The Wrestler“, an emotional movie with many ups and downs up to the last minute), I could not fall asleep. The reason was simple: I drank some chai (tea with milk) at about 9pm. How could I do something stupid like that?

Anyway, I decided to clean our fridge that night. This was what caused the problem:

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There was a bottle of chocolate milk in the lower right-hand side corner of our refrigerator. None of my room mates claimed to own it. It was a month behind its best-before date, so I can only assume that it was a left-over from a room-mate that left in the end of last year. It might already look ugly on the pictures, but trust me, the smell was even worse. Cleaning a toilet after some party is very nice compared to this ;-).

Although it was a plastic bottle, it started leaking out. In fact, only the chocolate came out and not the milk, so it was a very viscous substance. Therefore it was not easy to clean the fridge. I really had to rub it off which took quite some time (even with some chemical cleaning stuff from Iñaki).

I really wonder why the chocolate came out. Was the pressure inside the bottle so high (unfortunately I didn’t measure it)? But why would the water stay inside then? Were the plastic seams at the bottom of the bottle getting worse? Or was the chocolate-like stuff in fact some chemical which could just diffuse through plastic? Maybe it was only some decomposition product which could leave the bottle? (The whole stuff reminded me a bit of the acid grog from Monkey Island.)

After the cleaning I also checked the fridge for other things that were behind their best before-date. This is what I’ve thrown away aside from the chocolate milk:

  • a bottle of grapefruit juice,
  • a glass of sweet relish,
  • some dry sausages,
  • two sorts of cream cheese,
  • some butter,
  • a box of white turkey,
  • a bottle which said “eggs” (I’ve never seen eggs from a bottle before, one always learns new things…),
  • a bottle of orange juice which was almost empty
  • and finally some “Nestle La Lechera” (whatever that is).

At about 4 o’clock in the morning, I finally went to bed. I slept-in immediatly, so I guess that the tea lost its effect after 7 hours. Note to myself: Ulf, do not drink tea after 3pm. Unless you want to clean a frige.


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  1. elke said, on March 29, 2009 at 4:16 pm


  2. Mila said, on March 30, 2009 at 2:07 am

    Nestle la lechera ist meines Wissens das, was man in Deutschland als “Milchmädchen”-Milch kaufen kann. Das ist süße Kondensmilch, aus der man durch erhitzen furchtbar leckeren Karamell-Brotaufstrich machen kann. In Peru nennt man den “Manjar Blanco”, im Rest Südamerikas “Dulce de Leche”.

    Ich glaube in Südamerika trinken Kinder “la lechera” auch pur, da gibts diesen chilenischen Film mit der süßen Szene wie drei (!) Kinder mit einer Dose Kondensmilch rumknutschen… äh, naja egal :)

  3. Ulf said, on March 30, 2009 at 10:23 am

    Wow, das mit der Lechera klingt ja cool :-).
    Jetzt frage ich mich langsam wirklich, wofür mein südamerikanischer Mitbewohner sie gebraucht hat, und welcher südamerikanische Mitbewohner es genau war. Außer es waren alle zusammen ;-).

  4. Mila said, on March 30, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Hab die Filmszene wiedergefunden! Der Film heißt Machuca, handelt von 3 Kindern zur Zeit der Machtergreifung durch Pinochet in Chile, und die Szene mit “La Lechera” findet sich auf folgendem Link von Minute 2:50 bis ca. 3:50 :)

    Ganz großes Kino…

  5. Ulf said, on March 30, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Geil geil geil!! Ich ahnte, dass die “La Lechera” ein großes Geheimnis unserer WG war!
    Komisch nur, dass alle meine Mitbewohner männlich sind.

  6. Andreas said, on April 12, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    habe gerade unseren Kühlschrank von Ex-Mitbewohner-Balast befreit.
    Die Gewinner:
    Auf dem dritten Platz: Eier aus 2005
    Ein knapper zweiter Platz für: Erdnussbutter von 2003
    Und Sieger: Ein Glas fertig gehackter Knoblauch von 2002
    Ein Sonderpreis geht an die Banane deren Alter man aber mit Radiocarbonmethoden bestimmen müsste. Sie ist leicht geschrumpft: noch ca. 1cm dick und 5cm lang

  7. Ulf said, on April 12, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    O_o !!!


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