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PHOTOS: See What Funky Foods Are Inside Kansas City Fridges

One-year-old Szechuan peppercorn sauerkraut. A Jar of pickled Brazilian peppers that expired in 2012. And kimchi that’s been fermenting for 25 months.

Those are some of the things lurking in area fridges that Kansas Citians claim they still would eat.

“Older, the hotter!” Kansas City food blogger Jenny Vergara tweeted this week, along with a photo of her Malagueta peppers.

As KCUR-based Harvest Public Media explores food waste this week in a six-part series that culminates with a 30-minute TV special at 8 p.m. Friday on KCPT — “Tossed Out: Food Waste in America.”  — we wanted to know more about the spoiling food items in local kitchens.

This week, we took to the airwaves and social media and asked: What’s the oldest thing in your fridge? Would you eat it?

Kansas Citians shot back their fridge confessions, along with some gory photos. (See the above slideshow for a sampling of fridge photos from locals, including some KCUR staffers.)

But they also divulged some of their funky food philosophies.

“There’s a lot of things I’ll keep after the expiration date, but I go by the sniff test and if it’s funky, then it goes ... or if it’s got a film on it, you know, it goes,” Chris Rubbel-Marshall told us when we interviewed customers near a grocery store in the Kansas City, Mo., neighborhood of Brookside.

Michael Hewins, who we talked to at a grocery store on Ward Parkway, had a slightly different take: “If it smells OK and it looks OK, then it’s going down my belly.”

For the full Twitter conversation, follow the #TellKCUR hashtag.  

For some more guidance on when it really is OK to eat something, listen back to Central Standard’s “Are You Going To Eat That?” show from earlier in the week.

Lisa Rodriguez contributed to this report.

Tell KCUR is part of an initiative to engage  the community and shine a light on your experiences and opinions. We’ll ask a new question every week and then share your feedback on the air and online. Everyone has knowledge and insight to share. Be a source for KCUR and let us know more about your expertise.