Canned goods 7 years out of date

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  1. fowl intent

    fowl intent Banned

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    I put a bunch of canned goods aside in 2011. Tuna, salmon, chicken, tomatoes, corn, green beans, peaches, pineapple, fruit cocktail etc. Also put up rice, grits, pinto beans, oats etc. in vacuum sealed mylar. I recently decided to replenish my stores, thinking I would have to scrap the canned goods. Well, except for the canned fruit ( which I am sure was edible, but had broken down a bit) all the canned goods are still fine. We have been eating them regularly for weeks. Good to know that even if there is a "best by" date on canned goods, they will keep for much longer. The mylar sealed dry goods are perfectly fine, and should be for another 7 years.
     
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    My experience has been that high-acid stuff doesn't do well long-term in cans (although its fine in glass). Otherwise, yeah, most canned goods are good for a long time.
     
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    You should sell me that S&W 67 and use the money to buy new canned goods.
     
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    As long as the cans are not budged/out of shape they should be okay but always smell and a little taste test before consuming.
     
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    Old clam chowder just taste bad. As soon as I get more chickens I will see if they like it. I think the food donation places might discard old canned goods but pigs, chicken or fish in ponds might not be as fussy.
     
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    This past weekend my pops ate a can of peaches that expired in 2012. Said they were delicious.
     
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    really!??? is it safe? I throw them just a year beyond the expiry date. I don't want my kids to get sick by accidentally consuming them.
     
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    I believe this true.
    Check if the top of the can for being a little bulged out.

    I have stuff dating back to 2013. No problem. Can't tell it from new.
    I consider the 1915/16 dated cans as "new stuff".

    EXCEPT. A couple fruit juice cans sprung leaks (messy). So I threw them all away.

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    I did a bit of research. Apparently it is safe, so long as you carefully inspect the integrity of the can, and a visual and olfactory examination of the contents. One article I read talked about salvaging canned goods off of a 100 year old sunken ship that were still perfectly edible. Lost a little color and texture, and nutritional value, but still edible.
     
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    I recently found that a can of sauerkraut had a pinhole leak. Any can it leaked onto was badly rusted. If you are going to store the stuff you might want to put it in the bottom of the box or bag them in a plastic bag.
     
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    Acidic things like tomatos ect will eat thru even a lined can.Buy those type foods in jars/pouches.We have cans that are from 07 and are fine.'08.
     
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    Just about any person who was active duty in the 70's knows the answer.. we ate the living crap out of Korean war C rats..
     
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    My Pops ate c-rats,in Korea.I won't post what he called them.'08.
     
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    I thought this type of thread expired in 2005... "Y2K supplied). ;)

    Storage matters. IF stored in relatively dry basement, temps 55-72f yr round, dark... Stuff keeps MUCh longer then upstairs where it freezes, then gets 95f in summer and lots of sunlight...

    10 yr old stuff does not concern me. IF cans budged, dented, leaking, Oder..... Junk. Otherwise eat.
    Date is normally " best if used by" with huge fudge factor. People who store in trunk if car all summer in FL WILL bring stuff back to store if bad " because best by date is two months away"