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School me on food manufacturer expiration dates

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by glockeglock, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. Glocks&Ducs

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    I have a milk jug that has been sitting in my garage since 2001 or 2002, that is still intact and holding liquid. It gets as cold in the garage as it does outside during the winter, and hotter than it gets outside during the summer, not to mention the humidity.

    If I recall correctly, it has Methyl Ethyl Ketone in it.
     
  2. G29Reload

    G29Reload Tread Lightly

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    One of these days, you might be crawling thru the rubble of your house or your town and stumble across or dig out a can of some foodstuff…. and if it has a 2 year expiration date on it and its 3 years past that…your only concern will be how to get the can open without spilling any of it. You wouldn't give a flying crap about it being "past expiration"…and take your chances.

    Except it will probably be fine. And you might live another day.
     

    Last edited: Mar 25, 2012

  3. TangoFoxtrot

    TangoFoxtrot OIF 04-05

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    Absolutely!
     
  4. Bolster

    Bolster Not Ready Yet!

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  5. nightwolf1974

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    so to clarify, the 5 gallon water cooler jugs can last (if stored in a dark and cool closet) for a few years with no problems?
     
  6. kirgi08

    kirgi08 Watcher. Silver Member

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    If it is injection molded/no seams,and treated it should be fine.
     
  7. steve581581

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    IMO the expiration date is more of a sell by date. If it doesn't smell bad its still good.
     
  8. Glocks&Ducs

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    They will probably last decades. Even if the water in them goes bad, you could treat it by boiling or using one of the many purification systems or methods available.
     
  9. sebecman

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    I had one that held used motor oil sitting under my workbench for years...

    and then I have had several that held water new in the case and they leaked all over my basement after a little more than a year.